It is not a question nor a cool story but I felt like sharing it. I have owned a Sterling by Musicman SB-14 for about 5 months now. I bought it second hand with a Nordstrand pickups mounted in it. This quickly became my main bass. I love the sound and playability of it. For those of you not familiar with this bass it has a 3 way switch allowing you to choose between parallel, series and single coil. I used the series setting most of the time and occasionally parallel (mainly when I slap, so rarely). And I somewhat dismissed the single coil settings early on. I was not really convinced by it while playing on my own. I think the fact that it has a lower output played a part in this. But about 3 weeks ago in a full band setting (rock-2 guitars), I switched to single coil to play something very subtle. And then forgot to switch back to series. While playing the next song my sound felt a bit thin so I boosted the bass and middle on the fly with the onboard EQ and it had a spectacular presence (mids 15% boost, bass 30% boost). It had some of the characteristics of the P-bass tone and a Jazz bass with bridge pickup soloed. Only that it didn't feel too thin thanks to the EQ corrections. When I realized that it was because I was using the single coil I felt really stupid that I dismissed it for so long. After watching some reviews of this bass, it seems that I am not the only one to dismiss the single coil settings, so I'd like to encourage the ones who do to try it in a band setting. When I came home I thought about it and it sort of made sense. When I use the single coil it soloes the pickup closer to the neck. The position is somewhat between a P-bass and a jazz bass bridge pickup. And since the pickup of the SB-14 is a triple coil (with a phantom coil underneath) it didn't have any excessive hum. It has some very defined high-end and a nice growl in the low-mids. It sounded great with the overdrive as well (SA Aftershock). Overall I am just very happy with that bass. I just found a new useable sound for it and it is a great feeling. It reminded me that I should spend more time tweaking things and have fun with the settings. PS : If any SB14 users (or Sterling users, I've heard they are quite similar) feels like sharing some settings I'd be excited to try them.