I have a Spirit/Steinberger Bass which I keep around for fun. I'm going to be swapping out the pickups and wanted some thoughts on what bass players look to in choosing pickups. A few disclosures: 1. I'm doing this more out of curiosity than anything else and because I want more practice with my soldering iron; 2. Because of this I'm not interested in some of the higher priced guit-humbucker sized opens like the Rio Grandes (maybe one day). Probably GFS's or used; 3. I don't expect the results to fool anyone into thinking I'm playing a P-Bass/Rick/Whatevers and I know guitar pickup poles may cause some sound balance issues; and 4. I otherwise know jack squat about basses. Some questions I had in mind: Do hotter pickups on a bass darken the sound or put more emphasis on mids? I'm thinking of starting off with a lower output humbucker but would hotter be expected to give me a more percussive thumpy tone? My opinion of the Spirit is that I can get nice warm rounded tones easily. I'd like to give it a little more "edge", if that makes sense? Compared to a guitar, how much more (or less) critical is it to put a stronger pickup in the bridge to balance output? It's probably a secondary consideration since the Spirit has independent volumes. Thanks and like I said, I'm learnin', so any opinions will help.