My first Mustang Bass was a Mikey Way Squier. I actually really liked that bass, but I ended up selling it because I had needed money while I was in college. Once they released the PJ Mustangs, I felt like it was my chance at redemption, but the Mikey Way had a different sound and feel that this PJ just lacks. I've found the pickups to be very flat with little character. I know the Mustang will typically have a hollowness to its tone, but this just seems as bland as it could possibly be. Playing it at a show last year, the low E saddle had somehow stripped itself and bottomed out mid-song. I haven't trusted it since. I decided to open it up to see what I was working with (and also to fix the selector switch). First thing I noticed is that there's very little space to lower the pickups. Stock, they were ridiculously high. Chances are there's some foam under them, but, before I got there, I had to stop to be perplexed at the contents under the hood. The cavity itself just looks sloppy to me. My only frame of reference comes from my MIM Fenders, and neither of them looked like that. The (machined) rout looks fine, but why lacquer over a sticker? That's something I just haven't seen before. Is that leftover rubbing compound? Granted, I've only looked into my own guitars and basses, so I'm not the most experienced. I'm usually just going in to resolder any loose joints. As for the ground lug, it's not attached to anything. Is this all par for the course, or am I just expecting too much?