So I got some single coil pickups from Rodger and swapped them out, they D and G string sound much more balanced now. However I prefer the sound of the humbuckers which unfortunately had the slightly thinner sound on those strings up to the 5th fret. I'd say what I'm missing from this bass is the classic "thump" in the low end that I got from my MIA Alder body fender with the 3 band EQ. Plenty of upper mid definition and clarity but overall too many peaks and valleys in the tonal spectrum. The low end is big and "airey" which is nice for its size, but lacks a specific "voice" or definition. I'll probably reinstall the humbuckers and give them another chance. My question is, if I keep this bass am I staring at the possibility that I need to switch to Bartolini, and perhaps a different preamp to get what I need? Maybe the modern 5 would have been a better choice? I want the booty and thump I got from my Fender MIA J5 but with the Sad quality build. (this metro bass really is well made) So far the sound with the single coils isn't cutting it for me. suggestions? Thanks.