Originally Posted by toberoo
Take out the preamp. That might do exactly what you wanted
Actually, this is a decent idea. If the pickups sound great in a passive setup, you can choose to either leave the preamp out, or throw in a 3-band preamp that is fairly transparent when flat (Aguilar, Mike Pope, Audere, East, ...).
If you don't like how the pickups, an EMG 40CS or EMG 40J would probably fit the bill and are drop-in replacements.
Originally Posted by Unspoken511
Also, Does anyone know the size of the pots? 7mm or 9mm or something else?
You'll have to measure the pot shafts on your bass to be sure, but I would guess that they are the smaller pots as most imports tend to use them.