I havea Squire *ducks from flying objects* Jbass that is actually built pretty nice. Instead of buying a new bass I just bought some Bartolini stacked SC's and now it rips pretty much. I noticed the squire pickups had this padding stuff on the bottom of them to get the pups closer to the strings. My bartolini's have nothing like that. Would you suggest getting something to help lift the pickups up, they're pretty low...I like my tone but I would like an Ibanez BTB or Fender Deluxe Pbass soon. What do you all think? I do admit its funny playing gigs and other bass players from other bands see me turning on my ampeg rig with a squire with a snicker on their face. Even heard them say "Squire, this guy has to be a joke." Until after warmup and we play the first song, then they're drop jaw'd coming up to me after the show asking questions about my tone and how I get a squire sounding like that. My cheap plastic nut is wearing away from the stainless steel strings. Would you guys suggest a brass or bone nut? Thanks!