What are your settings for the style you play? I play Classic Pop and Rock. My 3 EQ single pickup SR5 settings: Bass - Boosted just past center Mid - Varies according to the tone I'm going for, but it's usually cut by about 1/8th of a turn (+/-) or set at center. High - Cut just past center. My rig (MarkBass SA-450 and 104HF) is always set very close to flat. I use nickel strings. I use, mostly, the parallel switch setting.