I have very small hands and am small in stature in general and so I was toying with the idea of getting a short scale bass for a while, and having come in to a bit of money I thought I would invest in a Fender Vintera 60s Mustang, which is much more comfortable for me to play BUT having practiced with one of my bands with it last night I feel it lacks some of the punch, volume, and general beefy-ness that I usually get from my full scale. Now it's worth saying that I am not a tech head at all.. I usually plug in and play with whatever amp is available (I don't have my own as I have nowhere to put it really). So I am looking for maybe ideas for alternate strings or a pedal that will give me the extra ooomph. I'm not sure what strings are on there at the moment.. it's brand new and came already strung. I play with a pick and the styles I play are 60s garage punk, and pop punk/power pop. So I play fairly aggressively and am used to pounding the strings. I love this bass and I want to keep it but I'm afraid I might not be able to make it work for me. Please help!