LOL... up front for lesson learned. i was hating the sound of my fclef bass to the point that i was going to sell it at a loss just to get rid of it. right before i took the plunge my buddy Mike texted me and said "flip the toggle swith on the circuit board for a different sound" .........wa la ....... problem solved! the bass came alive and saved me from buying yet another bass. morale of the story..... hang around bass players: 1) emotionally detached from your axes 2) smarter than you i now have 2 basses i dig.