Hi all, I'm new here and new to playing bass. I've been playing guitar for almost 12 years but this past week I've thrown my hat into the bass arena. The bass player in our band rarely shows up to our jam sessions so we've been relying on the pre-programmed bass grooves in a couple of different Boss drum machines. I happened across an Ibanez Roadstar II bass last week for absolute dirt so I picked it up. A couple of nights ago we got together and our bassist couldn't make it so I broke out the Ibanez and started fumbling my way around with it. I was having a blast, it feels very foreign to me and I don't know squat for songs on bass and boy did I want to grab a pick but I managed to add some intersting grooves to some of our originals that I've normally played rhythm/trading leads on. I think I've been bitten by the bass bug! So now here's the question, are the Ibanez Roadstar series basses a good foundation to build off of in regards to upgrades? Mine is an '83, has the 2/2 headstock, is a P-bass setup with a maple board/maple neck. I don't know what the body is made of or what model number it is but I researched the serial number to at least know it was made in 9/83 and the neck plate says Made in Japan. Now I'll say that I'm a huge fan of the EBMM Stingray basses, I love how they look, how they sound, how they feel (our bass player has one and a buddy of mine who I play with every once in a while has two) but I don't plan on dropping the big time cash on one, at least not yet, in case our bassist finally decides to start regularly showing up again. But, there are some shortcomings with this bass that I noticed the other night. It sounded way trebly to me, granted I'm not one with a good ear for how one bass sounds over another or know how say a $1000 Fender P-bass sounds compared to this Ibanez but when I was playing it, it tended to sound like our bassists Stingray when he has the treble EQ control jacked all the way up. I wasn't digging it. I was playing through an Axe-FX Standard using the SVT amp model and 8x10 cab models going direct to a mixer when I heard it and I was messing with the controls on the Axe and it didn't seem to fix it. I also hear it going through my Bogner Duende amp (sorry fellas, I don't have a bass amp!!!!). Also, I noticed that it seems to fart out at the higher frets (say 12 and up). Example, doing a simple slide up and down the E-string, the sound seems to fart out when I start sliding up the neck. I suppose this could be some sort of an action/setup problem? The strings are brand new but I made no adjustments. Here's what I'm thinking of doing: 1. replacing the bridge with a BadAss bridge 2. replacing the pickups with either some DiMarzio's or Seymour Duncans and maybe even upgrading the pots 3. the nut needs to be re-glued into the fretboard. Would this be the time to upgrade it? If so, with what? 4. Are the tuners decent enough or should those be upgraded as well? I love to tinker and have no problems with doing these upgrades if I know I'll get serious improvement/results out of them, specifically the pickups, bridge and pots. Is this bass a good solid foundation for this or should I leave it alone and consider getting a new bass in the future. Thanks everyone!!!!