I always use my bridge pickup but I have concluded that it sounds thin. I spent three hours at the practice space today fiddling with every knob on the Bassman-like amp and guitar trying to thicken it up. With a big sourpuss look on my face I flipped up to the neck pick-up, and dammit, it sounded great and cut though the loud PA mix well. I love pedals, but I try to keep it old school and plug straight in at practice and the quarterly gigs we get. There's just too many things to fiddle with. What sounds good at home sounds like crap in a band setting. I'll try it this week at practice. Aren't neck pick-ups for AARP members?