Hmmm... Mine is clear and clean (no buzzes!!) and I can dial in a great thick, dark deep end. It took me a while to find it... but I did... At first I thought it was a little to "trebly" also. I tended to want to blame the preamp/pickup combination. But as I spent more time with it, I found that the slightest knob tweaks resulted in huge differences. Almost any tone you want is in there... it's just a matter of finding it. That's the fun of a new bass. It's like the beginning of a relationship with a new girl. It's all about expanding your knowledge, and testing the boundaries. And everything is new!!