I just put together a 70's style Jazz bass from various parts and got a good deal on a set of Area Js. I've heard a lot of great things about these stating they are the closest to a true single coil but with humcancelling split coil design. I think they sound pretty good but a little polite to my taste. They are a little thicker than the pickups in my 03 Geddy Lee. They are lacking some of the highs and high mids that I like. I believe that those tones will give you that aggressive Jazz bass sound. Especially with the 70's spacing which my parts build has. I'm pretty much building an almost clone of the Geddy or really any 70's Jazz bass. I'm considering trying a true single coil like Fender Pure 74, Custom Shop 60's, Fender AVRI 75 (80.00 for a set!), and I guess what ever is in the 2003 Geddy Lee (MIJ) since they sound great. I'm open to suggestions and also willing to put the Areas for sale here in the classifieds.