Well, yesterday was the big day, my return trip to the Memphis GC to pick up my EB MM S.U.B I had in lay-away. It was a passive red version I was going to get for $499 plus tax. However, when I got there, I decided the first time I went, that I might have been a bit hasty in my decision. When I left last time, my top three picks were the S.U.B, a beautiful MIM Natural Ash Jazz, and an Ibanez BTB 405QM. When I got there, I had gone ahead and eliminated the BTB, based on it being a five, and I really wanted a four. Anyway, I told my sales guy I was gonna spend some time playing the Jazz and the S.U.B. before I decided what to finally do. Well, I went into the soundroom and I picked up the Jazz and I was even more impressed with it this time, cuz I spent time with the amp and coaxed one hell of a mean growl out of it!! After this experience, I decided it was definitely the sweetest Jazz I had heard, played, and seen! Anyway, I put it down and went back to the S.U.B. Not my S.U.B., but an active black model, they had just got back in. Main difference was the active pre and an additional $150 tacked on to the price tag. I fiddled around with the amp on this one too, and it didn't just growl, it bit! lol I couldn't afford the extra $150, though. I was about to ask for my red one, when I looked up, and lo and behold, on the upper wall, was a teal active at $499. I believe it was xcental34x's for a while, but I guess he took it back. Anyway, at that price, with the active pre and prettier color, I decided to go with it. Here's my problem though, and reason I'm so bitter/sweet on the deal and the reason I started a happy topic thread with a sad face. Through GC's nice amp, I cranked the treb on this bass and the amp to full, and got no humm out of it at all. However, I got it home, and through my cheap Ibanez Soundwave 35, it humms with pretty much any treble boost at all. As I've come to find out, anything I play through the p.o.s., that has passive pu's, humms to high heaven with any treble boost. Before you say "just don't boost the treble then", it's a signature Stingray sound I'm working with here. To get that big biting high growl, it's essential to work with some treble boost. I tried the mid boost, which is where the Jazz works with it's growl, but mid boost with this sound is just...no. lol There is my dilemna, then. At a mere $499, this bass was an unbeatable deal. It's an American made EB MM, it sounds incredible on a decent amp, very close to the Sterling I played. I don't have the amp to handle it though! Besides not being able to use the treble appropriately, this thing goes down so slow, I have to completely cut the bass off the amp to keep from going to mud city on the p.o.s.! D**n it's time for a new rig! I can't afford a new righ right now though, no way. I could take the S.U.B. and change it for the MIM Jazz, though. On the upside, it was the best sounding Jazz I found, the prettiest Jazz I found, and I love the signature Jazz growl to. Plus, it works it's growl out of the mid range, the Soundwave could handle that. However, on the downside, it's $479, not near the deal price wise, and I love my S.U.B. to! Maybe price shouldn't be a big deal, and maybe it wouldn't be, but I have a girl that constantly pounds words like; deal, clearance, bargain, savings, thrift, etc. into my head. lol What to do? What to do? I love the S.U.B. and got an unbeatable deal on it, but I'm having to slam the tone because of my p.o.s. amp. The Jazz is beautiful, has a great tone I wouldn't have to sacrifice because of the amp, but seems way overpriced.