Team - It's no secret that the Squier Deluxe Jazz Active V is a bass that has quickly gained some real supporters here. (Myself included.) While some have referred to it as "the flavor of the month," most of us agree that it is an excellent bass for the $299 it costs. Some even use it as a gigging bass but there is always the "good for the money" caveat. All that said, I have a question: "What would it take to make this into an 'Excellent Bass. Period." I, for one, love the form factor and the construction but I'm only lukewarm about it's ability to compete with other, more expensive instruments from a tone standpoint. I'm betting that with $250 worth of electronics upgrades (pups/pre), this bass could hold it's own with any bass in the middle-price range. By then you'd have $550 invested in the bass and that's still a nice overall price/performance investment. What do others think about what this bass needs to take it from being "great for the money" to "An excellent instrument, period." I'm interested in your thoughts.