I am finally playing in a serious semi-professional band. They play fairly big venues and already have a pretty big following. If you guys want to check us out, type in "Seventh Story Demise" on iTunes and our album "Machines" should come up. Long story short, the bassist didn't have enough equipment or committment for/to the band so they recruited me because I am best friends with the drummer. We play metalcore, also called hardcore or even just metal, but the genre is characterized by heavy breakdowns, melodic riffs, and a combination of screaming and clean vocals. We play very similar music to August Burns Red: I am playing my heavily modified passive 4-string alder/RW SX J bass with both pickups on full and tone wide open, which I think is a good tone for this genre. My bass is tuned to B-F#-B-E and I will be using LaBella Hard Rockin' Steels. I want to get an ash/maple Jazz soon but this is all I have for now. I'm thinking of changing the stock SX pickups to DiMarzio Model Js, Ultra Js, Duncan SJB-1s, SJB-2s, or SJB-3s. Something on the cheap side (~$100) with deep, clear, fat lows; growly low mids; and grindy high mids. Maybe vintage fender style pickups will work, but I have a feeling I will need a deeper, more aggressive pickup for metalcore. What do you guys think?