If you have a really good onboard preamp (Aguilar, Bartolini, etc...) and possibly running it through a good outboard preamp (POD, Aguilar, Sadowsky...), do the quality of the pickups really matter...assuming that they send a consistent signal to the preamps? Why would I ask such a silly question? I have a '70's Aria Fender-copy Jazz Bass (fretless) that I want to convert to active electronics (whether that is onboard or outboard). The stock pickups SUCKED, so the best I could do at the time was get one DiMarzio J pickup and install it in the neck position. I never use the bridge pickup, because once again, it SUCKS! The single DiMarzio sounds really good, though. Would I really need to get a set of higher end pickups if I were to get a good preamp? I understand that it would be best if I could do that...but money's tight... Thanks.