I just received my first bass -- a Fender Special Edition Deluxe PJ Bass Olympic White ( http://www.guitarcenter.com/Fender/Special-Edition-Deluxe-PJ-Bass.gc ) and did a brief checkout on it. I need to take it to my tech, to see if he can spot anything a setup won't take care of. I see a few minor issues, but nothing major, which really surprises me since Guitar Center sent it single boxed, with no shock absorption whatsoever. This bass must be built like a tank to survive that trip. Other than a few minor cosmetic issues and the frets not being cut that great, I couldn't see much wrong with it. I did have one really dumb question though. Are bass pickups supposed to be significantly weaker than guitar pickups? I don't have a bass amp yet, so I ran it into my Kemper and into Reaper. With the Kemper output set to -11.5 dB, what I have it set to for my guitars, my signal was around -20dB, in Reaper. I tried my guitar with the same profile, and it was -7.5 -- right around where I record at. I also briefly tried Rocksmith, and I had to manually set the input strength to +9 dB to really get it to register. I am a complete noob to bass, but this seems odd to me. Are bass pickups really that much weaker than guitar pickups or might there be something wrong here? I am completely new to bass, so I apologize if this is a stupid question. Thanks a lot.