on my TRBX174, whenever i play above around the 10th fret on the E string what i get sounds way more intense and loud than normal — not really buzzing, more just like the gain/volume is way up above the 10th fret. is that a pickup height issue (eg, too close to the string?)
Yeah sounds like the neck pickup is a bit high. Trivial to experiment with to find a height you like, just need a screwdriver.
FWIW, I have had to lower the pickups on every new bass I have bought, across multiple brands. Often they seem to be shipped out adjusted to nearly max height.
Incidentally, this is also a case where measuring and going for spec height will absolutely give you worse results than just doing it by ear - just use a screwdriver and find the height you like for your current strings and playing style, it’s very easy
Agreeing with @howard - Every instrument with pickups that I have ever purchased; MAXIMUM HEIGHT FOR MAXIMUM FIREPOWER!!!11!!1!eleven!