Does the VM70/77 have different pickups than the "regular" VM Fender Designed pickups? I have a VM70-V (5-string) and it sounds absolutely amazing, one of the most aggressive J-pickups I've ever heard. But I've also got a "regular" sunburst VM Jazz and the "Fender Designed" pickups were extremely dull and uninspiring so I replaced them with SD Apollo. I always figured it was a matter of different pickups in the 4-string vs 5-string models. But are you saying the 4-string VM70s have different pickups than the "regular" VMs too? I massively preferred the pickups in my VM70-V over the ones in my sunburst VM 4-string. The fretwork was a lot better on the sunburst though... Quite poor fretwork on the VM70-V.