Hi bass players, My girlfriend started playing bass almost a year ago on a Ibanez GSR200 and likes to play SP and other grunge/rock songs. It is a cheap but in my opinion good value for money bass. However, the sound too me is a bit tinny (cheap sounding). I think the sound of this bass can be improved with new strings and pickups and since we're neither experienced bass players I'm hoping for some good advice here on which strings and pickups can best be used to resemble that SP sound she likes. She also plays STP, and Metallica stuff. Oh yes, she plays with a pick. Sounds she doesn't like (and which the bass seems suited for) are funky bright slapping styles etc. For strings, choices are round or flat wound, nickel plated or stainless steel. For pickups, I have no idea, perhaps Seymour Duncan SPB-2 or SPB-3's but I'm just guessing. The amp (now a Ibanez SW35) is another story for later. Thanks.