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5-strings....Pickup enhancement.....Or am I getting bored?

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Posted by Daniel on February 07, 2001 at 17:52:40:

I've been playing bass for about 4 months now, and while I think I am crap, I have made some progres with the instrument. While I can't play fingerstyle, slap, pop, tap, read music or play rhtyhmic basslines without getting bored of having to pace, I can belt out a modified version of Jimi Hendrix's 'Voodoo Child'.
But recently, I have had regrets. I was wishing I had bought a better bass, or a 5-string, or tried to learn music theory first. I've played all the basses that were in the price range of the bass I bought(none of them fell right), and I've played 5-strings(I didn't like em, but I've got a hankering to own one), and I've recently been contemplating upgrading the pickups in my bass(my P is branded EMC Electronics. My J is unmarked), even though I know nothing about inserting them or wiring them, and can't find anywhere on the net that has a decent guide to doing this. I feel as though my pickups are letting me down, that they are not good enough, even though they sound better(to me) than an active bass with the same P-J configuration that was 200 more than my bass. I've only had it since Xmas, but I feel as though I have no future with the instrument, and that perhaps if I had a better piece of equipment that it would all 'fall into place', and all these hidden arts that the best players use would be unlocked for me.

So, basically, am I right for the instrument, or do you think I should give up being a musician(can't play any other instruments), as I feel like this wonderful bass that I got for a great price doesn't seem up to professional level, and it seems like its hindering me? Even though anyone else would kill for such a good starter bass? I'm sure I can't have grown out of this bass yet...

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