Longtime lurker, first-time poster. So, I have an Ibanez BTB 670. It's a 35'-scale neck-through design with a 5-piece maple-bubinga neck, ash body and walnut top. It has got a (pretty broad) rosewood fretboard. I have DR String Low Riders on it strung BEAD. I love the looks, the feel and playing of this bass. The problem with this one is the electronics. It has Bartolini Mk2 Pick-ups and a Bartolini Mk2 Pre-amp and the result is a weak and punchless sound. I have decided to upgrade both the pick-ups and the pre-amp. For the pre-amp I have pretty much settled on the Aguilar OBP-3. What I haven't decided yet are which pick-ups to get. I've narrowed down to 2 options. Bartolini and Nordstrand. From what I understand the woods used on this bass should give it a nice compromise between bright attack and warm tone. The aggressiveness of the ash is somewhat subdued by the walnut top and the rosewood fretboard adds a warm texture to the sound. I look pretty much for the same compromise electronic-wise. I want a high-output, punchy, warm and well-articulated sound. There should be some aggressiveness to it, but not too much. I haven't played bass long enough to be any good, but style-wise I want to be able to play metal and some jazz with this bass. First, I thought 2 Bartolinis (dual coil soapbars) from the Classic Bass Series wired in series coupled with the Aguilar should give me enough versatility to accomplish my prefered sound. But I've only read good things about the Nordstrand pick-ups and after reading up on them I got the impression that they might be a little more focused than the Bartolinis. So, what do you guys recommend. Bartolinis or Nordstrand, and if Nordstrand which configuration (dual coils, big singles, fat stacks)? One other thing, I don't like the sound of the EMG DCs at all. It's just too cold and sterile for my taste. So, if nothing else, which of the pick-ups mentioned above sounds the least like EMG DCs?