I just recieved my new Essex Precision bass yesterday, and the only problems I have are with the pickups. The pickups seem to be very quiet; the VU meter on my amp detects NO signal from the bass, and I have to turn the gain and master up high (this is a 300 watt amp) to get a medium volume (but still pretty quiet). When not playing, there is the electronic "buzzing", Im not sure what it is called (humming?). It is very loud, and on my small practice amp, the buzzing is there while playing on the E string, almost drowning out the sound of the E. I tried adjusting the strings, and my bass teacher checked out the truss rod and and string length and said that it was fine. I also moved the pickups higher, but to no result except more "buzzing". However, we couldn't find the source of the problem for the pickups. Does anyone have any idea what is wrong? I want to see if if there is anything I can do before I take it in to a professional. Thanks a lot.