Hey all- 3 things- I have a stock '08 American Deluxe Jazz 5 string and I'm looking at replacing the Pre and pickups in the very near future. 1) For the preamp I'm leaning heavily toward the Pope Flexcore because it is so highly regarded and versatile. For the pickups I was thinking I wanted EMGs because I like aggressive modern tone- but now after reading tons of threads I'm not sure. There are awesome boutique pup manufacturers like Nordstrand and many others. How on earth do I decide? 2) Also, I'm not sure what I need to consider for this preamp and any potential pickup combination. I know the preamp needs at least 1.25" of depth to be properly installed, which the Am Dlx bass does have. I have read many threads about both various pickups (including Smash's awesome reviews) and the flexcore preamp, but no one mentioned the american deluxe bass. 3) Last Question- If I get Active pickups, is there any point in getting the preamp configuration that has the active/passive switch and passive tone control? That just bypasses the preamp, correct? If passive tone just bypasses the preamp, passive tone should still work with EMGs or any other active pickup, I think.