The other night at band practice, my singer stopped mid song and asked me whatt kind of effects I'm using... Because my bass sounds really good... Like better than it's ever sounded... The fact of the matter is, that I wasn't using any effects... I was just playing my Epiphone eb-3 through my Mesa d800+ into my 215, with the gain around 3 or 4 o'clock... As much dislike that the sidewinder pickup that comes with the bass, gets personally I've got zero issue with it... I think too many people want it to or expect it to sound like a fender and it'll never do that it is totally it's own thing. Just had to get on here and praise the eb-3 and the Mesa yet again... I'll hop down off of my soapbox now.