My dad is going to the US in a few weeks so I thought I would take advantage of the exchange rate and ask him to get me some new pickups; I want to improve the dull tone I'm getting out of my Squier jazz bass. I play rock and punk mostly and also like to indulge in a bit of slapping now and then. I really like the tone my friend gets out of his Warwick bass (I think it is a Rockbass model?) with MEC pickups and although I know my Squier will never sound as good as a Warwick I would like to improve my tone in that direction. I was considering the active EMG's because of their good reviews on Harmony Central and the ease of installation they offer but whilst reading this board I noticed alot of negative comments about the harshness of the tone they produce. Are there any pickups you could reccomend me or am I wasting my time trying to improve my Squier?