Being pretty new to playing bass and owning them I've been going through a few instruments. Within the last few months that has been Ibanez to start off, EDB690 4 string, EDB605 5 string and the wonderful BTB405 fiver. At least I though the BTB was wonderful at first. It's comfortable, looks nice, in practically new condition, and has plenty of knobs to fool with. I had a complete crap amp setup which annoyed me to no end so now am playing through a Bmax and RMX1450 with 115 and 210 cabs. The band is playing blues and classic rock, but I also like a lot of "alternative" stuff and jazzy rock as well and may eventually try to get in a band that plays more of that. So there's the background. Then I got this ugly green, amateur refinished G&L SB-2 (4 string) at the big guitar show a couple weeks ago. It was a little too bright for my tastes so I put some T-I Jazz Flats on it and ooh la la! Now it seems no matter what I do with my Bmax EQ I don't like the sound of the BTB anymore. Lacks character is the best description I can come up with. This is a shame since I want a 5 string and actually like the one I have, so I've come asking questions. Not wanting to spend too much more money, what would you suggest doing with the BTB? I'm not convinced that putting the T-I flats on the Ibanez will really have the desired effect. I've never changed pickups on an instrument before so I'm not sure how huge a difference that makes, and I'd have to rout the body to change them so I think I don't really want to do that, but yeah maybe I would if that looks like exactly what i need to do. Or maybe change the onboard preamp? Or there's this very nice sounding 80's model Guild Pilot hanging in a nearby pawn shop, maybe I need to work out a trade and just go with the beat up 20 year old 4 stringers. What would you do?