First off, I'll start out by saying that my bass is set up (from a shop) in Drop C tuning. There, its outta the way. Anyways, lately my bass has been sounding really "thuddy" when the strings I use are anything but freshly installed (probably because the new sound is overpowering the thud) and I'm not digging it at all. It takes a LOT of equalization to get it out and even then, I'm not digging the tone. The bass, and SX SJB-75 MRD or something, is completely stock. Most lower octave notes sound really thuddy, and I've got no idea where to start. The best way to describe it is an uneven "balance" of tone, as in a really thuddy tone that is SUPER hard to control. I know its not my technique, I don't ever get this way on my buddies basses. I've tried different strings to no avail. Could it be bad pickups, wood, setup, etc? I'm thinking about a fresh setup because I've got too much buzz on the 3rd-8th frets, and probably don't have enough neck relief. Also, I was looking at the bass, and the bridge is off-center with the neck. The high C and F string (D and G in standard) are almost directly over the lower pickup poles, which could be a problem, but the low C looks on center. Basically, where can I begin to address the problem? fdsdfuyjhdfhgalfhasjf!!!!! This tone is killing me. Sorry about the rambling post, btw. I've been up a little bit too long on a little bit too much sleep.