I have a Carvin Icon 4-strings that I bought used a few months ago and I love everything about it, except the electronics. It has the standard Carvin soapbars with the newer Carvin 18v preamp and I always thought it is sort of meh. The combination gives a sort of modern tone which I don't object to in principle but it's sort of neither here nor there. A bit too mellow and tame for modern rock stuff and not mellow enough for "smooth jazz" type of sounds. I hope I'm making myself clear (??). Also the tonal options are limited and he interaction between the pickups is a bit weird. There seems to little point to panning. Also the sweepable mids knob stuck is partly stuck, which is frustrating. I already have a new set of the newer radiused j-style Carvin soapbars from Carvin here and I'm wondering what to do for a pre-amp... I'm looking at the ACG EQ-01, and it's definitely expensive but I like the basic idea. My question is this: Will this preamp allow me to get a classic transparent tone from these pickups with the resonance knobs turned down, or am I locking myself into Wal-type weirdness with this preamp? (It's not that I object to the weirdness - I like the idea, but I also want to be able to extract the more classic tones) Thanks!