Probably "DUH" questions for you guys but here goes... 1) Different Gauge (gague?) strings, what's the difference? Is it like "big gauge" will be more taught for the same notes? 2) What exactly is gain? What does it do and what does it affect? 3) Active EQ? Wuzzat mean? What is a passive? 4) So far I have found www.talkbass.com, www.mxtabs.net, www.tabcrawler.com, activebass.com, and www.basstabarchive.com. What else is out there? 5) I got this button that says -15db and 0 db. What does that mean? 6) I have tried a bit online, but i don't understand Key's. Where can I get a decent explanation 7) There are all differnt kinds of pickups, I have no idea about any of them. I have two on my Ibanez Ergodyne, and I have that switch to go between them, what is the diff between the two? 8) I have been bugging you guys for awhile with Fieldy's tone. But I am curious about other kinds of tone. Like when Tool gets that really cool sounding tone, like in the beginning of "Hush" that to me is just the greatest sounding thing and is the reason I bought a bass. 9) Allright...Staind. I know Mike Mushok the guitarist plays a "baritone guitar" which is like freaky low and uses bass strings and stuff. How does the bassist tune to match that? I mean they are my fav. band, and songs like Mudshovel never, ever sound right, no matter what tab and tuning am reading. 10) Finnally muted notes: I just sorta hit the string and don't let it play a note, but do I just sorta rest gently and not let it viberate, where do I keep my finger. Whew...if you can answer all those, I will move up from "newbie" to "just not very good" My mom would be so proud!