So... I am thinking i'm going to wire up my Sub Ray4 as a passive bass and see what happens. The active preamp sounds pretty good but I have been having troubles with the way it interacts with some of my stompboxes. I have heard that ceramic humbuckers are a nice choice when going passive as they don't get quite as muddy as alnico (from what I have read, alnico benefits from a bit of added preamp treble). I'm looking for something to play primarily punk rock and classic-ish metal but don't want so much aggression that I cant clean up and get the "another one bites the dust" tone. Some people say ceramic is great for agressive tones, others call it harsh and soul-less. I'm a bit concerned alnico will get buried in the mix without a preamp and with a bit of fuzz and overdrive kicked in. So, there it is. What would you roll with (and feel free to reccomend a model) if you were running a passive stingray?