I know that MM pick up replacements have been done to death, but I'm lazy and don't want to search through years of posts to (maybe) find out what I need. I normally play a ric and I LOVE the sound of it and that is why I play it over my Stingray 5 (which I love because it is a 5 string). Anyway, I'm playing in a new project and I have decided that I will get miles out of my MM and utilize that low B because I am now playing with one guitarist and I think that the extended range will really help fill the sound and make things more interesting. Is there any options that will help get my MM more into the my comfort zone of that "ric" sound? BTW, I play with my fingers though an Aguilar DB750 that I boost a little with an MXR M80. I also use some heavy fuzz from time to time. I have also been reading about the Nordstrand pups that are supposed to be like that old MM pups. I have a newer MM that has the single soap-bar humbucker pup in it. Can anyone attempt to describe why the older MM pups are better than the new ones? And what would I gain/lose by switching to the Nords? So 2 part questions: Is there anything that will get my MM to sound more like my ric? And how will switching to the Nords affect my MM's tone?