For background: I am a new bassist, started about 4 months ago and have been practicing hard on basses and amps borrowed from musician friends. No guitar or amp of my own, cause I'm new and poor. However... Nosing through the local pawn shop, I found a 70s Washburn Force 40. Couple chips of paint knocked off, but otherwise everything looks and feels like it's in great shape -- knobs are stuck on nice and tight, neck and frets in good shape, etc. -- no dead spots on the fingerboard, even. This brings us to the pickups. The precisions are fine. However, the jazz pickups on the E and A strings simply do not work. Turn both on and the E and A sound a little distant -- noticeable if you listen for it. After haggling, the price will probably be $100-150. Are two dead pickups a deal-breaker? Am I really gonna find anything better in this price range? I'd really appreciate any advice y'all could give me. Thanks!!