This Bass is very cool and has the 80's - 90's sound. It has active pups... what some say are JBE prototypes and the J pup is actually for a 4 string ( size wise it looks like it). I was on stage with it last weekend and the tone/sound actually made me smile in the middle of a song.... I was so tempted to start playing some Winger or Skid Row. My issue is ... I play a Warwick Corvette $$ 5 string, it has a huge sound and very hot pups on it. If I swap basses for any reason the Charvel although a good tone only has half the output and and jacks up the mix in the house but worse the in-ears.... Nobody could hear me. So should I change out the pups to some EMG's or Seymour Dunkan's or keep it stock trade it off for a different back up 5 string bass???