Hey Folks. I want to pick your brains. I have an old Washburn B-2 (86) which every has deemed a piece of firewood. I actually always liked it. That said it was the first bass I ever owned. I recently took it off of the wall where it has stayed for oh probably 10 years, put new strings on it, got annoyed that I can't play any more and reminissed about liking it so much compared to many others I had played. Years ago my little bro took his Fender squire strat and turned it into a really great guitar just by changing the bridge and the pickups. I was always a little bumbed that my bass wasn't so great at bottom end but loved the growl it would create. In fact it was the growl machine. Enter a new set of Basslines 1/4 pounders. Presto bass and even more growl. Another thing I realised that I like about it is the fact that it has about the thinnest neck I have ever seen. With that it is really easy to play. I decided I am going to turn this into a really cool machine but the body is poplar ply. I didn't mind spending the money on the pickups as they will fit in any p-style bass but wasn't sure if I was going to end up with a crap bass unless I got a new body for it. Yes, I know many if not all of you folks can make said thing but I realised something after I put the pickups in it. I took it to one of my bands rehearsals (I am a talent developer/manager) and let the bass player have at it. He has an American Fender P that is all done up. He loved his bass. He played mine for a few minutes and decided he would keep using it for a bit. Acutally he never put it down after that. I brought it back to another rehearsal and he played it again. At one point he did a direct swap (same song) and tried the Fender again. He then said "I can't deal with the Fender anymore". It was just muddy and didn't have the drive (growl) the Washburn had. Also the Washburn seemed to have almost as much bottom as the Fender (BTW vintage p pickup with aguilar bridge pickup) but with massively better mid. Yes, less sustain but that was the marked difference. Control. The Washburn has a tight very articulate sound. I am guessing a lot of that growl is owed to that fact that the bridge saddles are brass but poplar being a "Hardwood" is going to resonate at a higher frequency, yes? Being Plywood that is going to change the resonant as well but in what way? Could it be that the ply poplar body is adding to the so loved growl tone that we are getting? Is it possible that if I went to a solid maple or ash body I might screw up what is working? I was of the mindset that I might have a body made for it but I am starting to reconsider. Also active electronics? Thoughts???