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OK, so let me start by stating for the record that I am not a bass player and my attempts at playing bass are questionable to say the least.
I own a cheap Squier Affinity PJ, which is adequate for my needs (well, it was - read on) which is basically laying down basic bass lines onto my home recordings.
However, recently I borrowed my sister's 97 Fender Deluxe Jazz Bass for a few days. As a guitar player (after a fashion) and as somebody who loves Strats, Les Pauls, and all sorts of other six-string guitars I can honestly say that my sister's Jazz is THE nicest guitar I've ever laid eyes and hands on in my life! It even smells gorgeous!
Anyway, that's a bit of a digression. My problem now is that having used my sister's bass, not only is it much easier to play, but it sounds incredible by comparison to my cheap Squier.
Is there anything I can do to make the Squier sound a bit better on my recordings? The Jazz is active so has a beefier output but the Squier sounds quite hollow and dull compared to the full fat Fender.
Would changing the pickups and maybe the bridge have a positive effect on getting a better tone out of the cheap bass? If so what would be a good choice of either/both to consider?
I may just have to move the Squier on and acquire a Deluxe Jazz instead should I ever have enough disposable income!