Edit: Pics added as requested Hey All! Long time lurker, first time poster. I've seen a few posts here and there regarding upgrading pickups and electronics on the Brice V2 6-string fretless, but nothing from anyone who's actually done it. Thought I'd use my first post here to fill that void. I won't go into a review of the bass itself, except to say that it was very solid and quite playable when it arrived. Only problems were factory strings and cheap electronics (not to mention the real estate wasted by having two pickup volume controls AND a pan, but a single tone control with active pickups). Since I was going for a nice, growly jazz tone, and based on the size, I thought a pair of EMG J45s would be perfect. Add on the EMG BTS System, which is seperate bass and treble, pan, and master volume, new stings, and we'd be off to the races. After all, according to my measurements, everything would drop right in, right? Wrong. The EMG pickups are just slightly larger in both width and length than the stockers. I have the woodworking ability of a turnip, but I'd waited so long for the bass, the pickups, and then there was the added delay since the vendor sent me the wrong tone circuit the first time, that I was now determined. I took the whole mess to the best luthier in Columbus, Oh (probably the best in the state) and had him do the work. Four days and $50 later (a bargain, really), I picked it up. The workmanship this guy turns out is nothing short of astounding! You'd never know that the 45Js weren't original. Also, the gold knobs that come on the bass won't fit on EMG shafts, so I threw down $20 more for a set of four really nice gold plated knobs, much nicer than the originals. I had him throw on a set of TI flats while he was at it, and that was my only mistake. These strings get rave reviews, but I hate them. The tone is great and all, but it feels like I'm playing freshly cooked pasta, they're so floppy. So much so that the B string is almost unusable below the fifth fret. They're going bye-bye in exchange for Rotosound flats, which offer a LOT more tension. Anyway, the point of this post was to let anyone who's toying with the idea of buying this bass and then upgrading what they're in for. The sound this thing puts out now is astounding! Nice and punchy, with plenty of mid and growl, just the way a jazz fretless should sound. Intonation is right on, and short of the rubbery strings (did I mention they're going away?) I now have one hell of a new addition to my arsenal. So, if you're good with minor body mods, or know someone who is, don't hesitate to buy and upgrade this piece. I love mine already, and it's going to see plenty of action (no pun intended). BTW, my luthier of choice is Bill Foley at German Village Music Haus here in Columbus (www.gvmh.com). Happy Bassin'! Walt Here's a long view and a closeup of the new pickups and knobs. Note: What you see in the pics is some glare. There are absolutely no flaws in the finish, and the pickup cutouts are perfect.