Greetings, House of Thunder, I'm picking up a Schetcter Stiletto Elite-4, and it comes w/ EMG HZ passives, EMG 2-band EQ is on board. It's a neck-thru. I'm being pitched Alembic soapbars w/ Q-filter and pan control- the set-up is called "Alembic Activators"- by a guy at the store I teach at. Now, I don't see coming up with the bread for an Alembic bass, and I realize there's more to the sound of an axe than the p'ups! But, I've always dug the sound of Phil Lesh's bass, as well as the guy from Styx (can't remember his name). Both at some point big Alembic players. I'm no Dead-head, and not a great fan of Styx (or the guy's bass lines!), but what a sweet-yet-pummeling sound! Am I barking up the right tree in trying to cop a piece of that sound this way? Am I so wrong?! Rog.