I just got the new Fender Vintera '60s Mustang bass, and wondered about some updates namely strings and pickups. I'm trying to find some answers digging through the archives but still had some more questions. STRINGS: This is my second bass and I quickly put flat wounds on my Jazz bass, and have loved it all these years. I thought I might give the stock round wounds a go, but the sliding sound is very distracting. So, what's the commentary on light versus standard strings? The online descriptions sound good for light, but also when reading about standard a comment "not as flappy as light," so that made we worried about light strings. Also wondered about preferred string brands. Here's what I can easily get: Thomastik-Infeld (.043-.106) Rotosound RS77S (.040-.090) La Bella 760FL Light (.043-.104) La Bella 760F-MUS Light (.043-.104) La Bella 760FS-S Standard (.045-.105) The La Bella 760F-MUS is made for the string-through Mustang, which is really compelling, but I'm now spooked about the strings being too floppy with lower tension already on a short-scale bass. PICKUPS: The bass has nice tone, but it's also very faint sounding. With the guitar volume up all the way there's a lot of noise, so I need to dial it down to around 60%, and need a preamp pedal level dialed to "11." Here's what I'm finding online for round split-coil: Norstand NM4 – from what I read elsewhere, this seems the best value Aero 4A – seems good, but not better than the NM4 and more involved to get SD Custom Shop – couldn't find much online, but these do come in white Any others out there worth considering? Any good places to get aged split-coil pickup covers? Thanks for your input.