Hello! My first post here, I just now joined. So, just this week, I received my very first bass, an SX Ursa 1 RN BK that I ordered from Rondo Music. I was suspicious at first, but read reviews here, watched some on YouTube, and someone said the owner of Rondo Music will refund you for a dud instrument, so I thought that it was a risk I didn't mind taking for $99. I was pleasantly surprised! I have a couple of bassist friends who have tried it and said it was just as good as they'd expect from an actual Squier P-bass, except one of them said it almost even leaned slightly more towards a J-bass sound, which I liked because that gives me a little bit of a middle ground. Now, I've been playing guitar for a year or so, I make electronic music, I was a drummer in high school, and I like all of those things. But, I intend to make bass my main instrument. So, to get some good recordings out of it and make it a good beginner's bass until I know for sure this is what I want to do, I'm looking into cheaper modding options. I've already put some D'Addario EXL160TP strings on it (.50, .70, .85, and .105). I tune to B-E-A-D to match my Ibanez GAX70's B standard tuning. Since I can't play bass and guitar at the same time, I'm just using my Randall V2XM amp for both. Everything on my bass, minus the strings and Schaller straplocks, is stock. So, that's where I'm starting. I think my budget should probably be roughly $150 total, and anything goes. Pickups, shielding, other electronics, a preamp, I don't know quite where to start so I'm making this thread to get some advice before I commit to something and regret it. Further information: - I would MUCH rather stick to all passive stuff. It would definitely be a typical scenario for me to forget to change batteries constantly; I can't even remember my own age most days. Also, it would require doing actual woodwork with my bass for the battery compartment. - As for my goals, I'm mostly into industrial metal. KMFDM, Bile, Zavod, Rammstein, Herrschaft, Turmion Kätilöt, etc. and so, I would like to be sound mostly like that, but still be able to do session work with all kinds of rock and metal bands in my area. So, I guess my first question is, strings, pickups, other electronics, shielding, what should I work on first?