I recently purchased a Pedulla Rapture with the single Bartolini pickup. I have adjusted its height according to factory specs (1/8 from string) and it sounds distorted. Ive tried lowering the pickup height, lowering the volume on the bass, not used bass and treble boost excessively, etc. My other bass doesnt do this through the same rig (wanted to eliminate other possibilities in the signal chain such as amp, cable, speakers, etc.). I tested and installed a brand new Duracell. Installed brand new strings. Tried different string set/type. Gave the bass a fresh set up. Made sure all hardware was tight. In short, I have done my homework troubleshooting the obvious. I previously owned the J2 version of this bass and didnt have this distortion problem. In short, my Rapture has an inherent distorted sound, especially in the lower notes. It tends to be fuzzy even if I considerably lighten my finger technique. I dont use a pick. Is this how the bass was designed or is there something potentially wrong with it. It is more pronounced with the mid switch in the non-scouped mode, but still present no matter what. I expect a little fuzziness if I attack the strings really hard, but this appears to be ever present. What do you guys suggest?