I bought myself the Squier "Skull and Crossbones" Bass kind of like a novelty and because I plan on using it for Drop D tuning on some of the tunes my band is playing. I dedcided that I like the little bugger though, however I'd like to extract some better sound from it so my question is, would replacing the strings and pickups be enough for now? I don't want to spend too much but I'd like it to be set up well for heavier rock/metal and be an overall solid bass. Any suggestions on strings/pickups? An idea what this would cost?