I have an older model soundgear ibanez bass, an SR400 and the stock pickups are active(as far as I know because it has a battery) and I get a real bad hissing sound from them. I know its not my amp because my cheap fender squire p bass doesn't make that much noise when it's plugged in. I was wondering if this is normal for cheap stock pickups or if it is just my bass. Also, is this a common problem with all active pickups? I never really liked the way my pickups sound and the overall volume level of them aren't as loud as my stock passive pickups in my fender. I would like to get new pickups but should I get active pickups and a new preamp or just get passive pickups? I don't want active pickups if they still have this hiss problem. Any recommendations?