(apologies to the forum mods if this belongs somewhere else) After the input I got in the "hot rod or built" thread, I'm starting to plan out a DIY bass project. I want warmth and botton out of my next bass and I haven't been able to try out an active eq that hasn't made the bass sound cold, metallic, or otherwise artificial. (The best ones I could sample were the ones in Musicmans and Fender Deluxe models.) I liked the even sound of alder and I love the playability of a maple neck, so I was wondering what I could do to a normal alder j-body/maple p-neck bass to maximize the bottom without using an active eq? So far, I guess I could try: - Heavier gauge strings - Higher mass bridge - Humbucking pickups? What else can you guys think of?