I am not the kind of guy who has the know how to buy a pair of pups, try them out, return them if he likes 'em or not. No, that's not me. I'm a clutz, I know jack about electronics and I got no solderin' iron. Okay, now I'm looking to get a better sound out of my MiM J (Yes, I know it's cheap and shouldn't sound good, yes I know I should save up my money and buy a "real" bass. Look, I like my cheap-o instruments and I always will! I'LL NEVER CONFORM TO YOUR $1,000 BASS STANDARDS, HEATHENS!). Except, I don't know if the 123 is right for me. So far, it looks like its the best, but I've only READ about it, I havn't really tried it out. I'm looking for a growly, ballsy, fierce sound. Not your usual, corny high-fi bass sound that could be best described as a fart FROM THE FUTURE. What I'm looking for probably won't be found in the pick ups, and I know. I don't play in a jazz band, I don't play in a country band, I don't play in a rock 'n roll band. I play in a punk band inspired by bands like Rudimentary Peni, Big Black. And my MIM pick ups arn't really giving me that relentless, tank rolling through parking lot sound that I want. I try to make sound growlier by overdriving my amp with a Keeley modified rat, it sounds good and all but my bass isn't cutting it. It plays okay, but it hums and sounds sub-par. And I don't want to pay more than $100 to make it sound any better. Because I'm a jerk. And I figure pick ups will help out more than anything, right?