About a month ago I purchased a used SR800.. More rescently, after playing it straight for about a month, I plugged in my other bass, just to compare, and discovered, I really dont like the sound that the Soundgear puts out! Although I was warned about the apparent ****ty pickups and preamp..but I couldnt resist the nice neck and small body, so I brought it home, as it was suggested on this site, if I had tone issues, I could just drop in new pickups, and maybe a new preamp to correct the problem. Anyway, I just called the store I bought it from to see what can be done about this..this..tone. They said new pickups probably wouldnt help all that much, and they "may" take the bass back for an exchange. Problem is, their bass selection pretty much sucks, they only really sell used stuff, and they wont give a cash refund. I like the shape and feel of this bass, alot, and I am definetly comfortable playing it. The tone just..well.. stinks. its very metallic sounding, definetly not that 'smooth, heavy' bassy sound that my other bass puts out. I'm assuming the tone generally comes from the bass itself, the wood its made of, and such, and not so much from the electronics..but am not sure. I'd just like some advice, as I am still fairly new to this type of stuff, and really dont know what I should do at this point. Would anyone say it would be worth it to replace the preamp, and maybe toss some emg's in there? This is what was suggested to me here, when I posted about my new purchase.. I mean, I could 'hopefully' exchange this bass for a different one, if nessesary.. but like I said, this store doesnt carry much at all for bassists. I do like this bass and would love to keep it. Is there anyway I can get that nice smooth heavy, non metallic, sound out of it?