i think my bass had a bad pot or something. it's a fender mia-j standard. when i got it i noticed it had a real weak output, plus the knobs were backwards, i.e.-the one closest to the neck controled the bridge pickup. anyways, i wired it in series to try and get a little more oomph, which it did but it still sounded super weak and thin. so tonight i decided to bipass the pots altogether and go straight from the pickups to the jack. now the thing sounds like a monster and i love it. so anyways, could it have been a bad pot? all the connections inside were tight.