This is probably the most mod-happy bunch of folks I've ever seen in my life! I see one guy wanting to replace perfectly good pickups because he isn't getting the tone right. I see another wanting to replace his pots just for practice. I see things like, "I'm not getting a good slap tone...do I need to replace my pickups or buy a new bass?" No! You need to practice on the bass you have! Contrary to what marketing departments of aftermarket suppliers tell you, bass modding makes very little difference in the sound of an instrument. If your bass sounds bad, putting a new bridge or new pickups on it isn't going to magically make it sound like a new bass. It might slightly change, but it won't be drastic. You can get pickups with different EQ points and varying degrees of volume, but they're still going to pick up the sound at the spots under the strings they're amplifying. Moving the pickups makes a difference, not replacing them. If they're noisy and you can't get rid of it, then replace them, but don't junk perfectly good pickups expecting a miracle change. it ain't gonna happen. And none of it is going to make you play better. If you suck with a Fender bridge, you're going to suck with a Badass. You are much better off using the time you'd spend on modding your bass and practicing instead. Just buy a bass that works, learn how to play it as good as you can, and you'll have great tone no matter what pickups you have.