I've had this bass for 6 years ... alder body, rosewood board, #6 (jazz) neck. It has a lot of great qualities .... punchy, powerful, articulate sound, big booty, great neck, all the other g&l goodness. But there's one aspect of the sound that drives me crazy. There's a kind of growl, especially along the first several frets of the A string, that is just too aggressive and (to my ears) not very musical sounding. It sounds almost like a disonant, metalic rattle ... has a kind of cold, snarling quality. Would be great if I was playing thrashier music, but I'm more interested in a warm midrange. I'd rather have growl that sounds like wood than like wire. I've tried a dozen different kinds of strings. Most roundwounds emphasized the sound too much. But I really don't want a tradional thuddy flatwound sound. GHS brite flats have been a pretty good compromise. At least after they age a bit. I'm considering trying the Thom jazz flats, too .. not sure how they'll be. unfortunately, a lot of the string/eq options that minimize the sound also scoop out the mids ... which I definitely don't want. I've considered if this could be the pickups messing with the strings, so i lowered them a lot. Mellowed things a bit but not tons. also, this is the second neck i've had on the bass (there was an unrelated problem with the original one) so it's probably not neck related. Any thoughts on what it could be? I'm open to the possibility that I'm just nuts ... other people have complimented the sound of this bass. but it often clashes with what i want to hear, and it does it in that range on the A string and E string where basses usually sound their best. Thanks for any input!