Now there's a guy who plays with enough gain that I can trust his opinion if he says a 5-string split-coil set is silent. Otherwise, no. I was struggling with pinch harmonics & found a clip where Sheehan was explaining it. One of the only bass players who does pinch harmonics. That takes high gain indeed. I also can't trust folks to judge the gain on amps, which I've discovered over time. "Sure it has enough gain for Motörhead!", then I get my hands on one & it does not. "Oh all you need now is a boost pedal.", NO!