The bass player in the band i play in has this bass: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-SRX2EX1-4String-Bass?sku=514310 Its a nice bass and all,but the pickups truely suck. So i suggested he switch them,but I dont really know if there are better ones that would fit in this bass. Can UG help?
What kind of amp is he playing through? That would change the tone way more than some pickups.
GK backline 210,OR straight through the PA,but it sounds the same.Distorted and overly bright.
Put a fresh battery in the pre-amp and make sure you don't have the onboard EQ turned to full boost.