Just bought a Squier MB5 from Craigslist relatively inexpensively- in good condition physically in the cherry red sunburst color. I have a quick question to those that have or have tried this bass - I know it's a passive bass but the one I have seems a tad bit underpowered. I have other passive basses but this particular one, I seem to need to boost the amplifier volume from about 4 to 7 in order to be at the same volume level as let's say with my Tobias Toby (a 4 string passive with similar style pickups). Are these basses by nature underpowered, or could the pickups be defective? (no distortion, no other signs of problems other than the volume). I know the easiest solution is to just turn up the amp, but would just like to know if my pickups aren't working up to snuff- would the standard J style pickup be the replacement? ( I don't have a bass with one to compare the size accurately). Another question to ask, far less technical and applicable to any Craigslist purchase of a used instrument... How the heck do you remove the smell from a bass??? It smells like, well....pot, I've tried to clean the body with the lemon scented guitar cleaner, wiped the strings but the smell is so strong and I get quite a bit dizzy playing the bass (lol). I'm trying to air it out so to speak, but would like to hasten the process a little bit- the person I bought the bass from must have smoked a lot in order to have the bass absolutely reeking in it- not against it mind you, but what if I play the bass in front of a cop or someone from the DEA? ha ha.... Thanks for reading and any help on the questions would be much appreciated.