For the sake of clarification, generally what I call a soapbar is any rectangular shaped pup with a smooth face (concealed poles/magnets)that is not a J, P, or MM dimensioned pup. Unless noted otherwise, all trials are fingerpick, using the bass specified with TI JF 344's run direct out (no pots) into a 2000 Polytone Mini Brute V with settings remaining flat unless noted otherwise . If two pups then ran direct out true stereo into seperate channels of the Poly. I've ran pups through various rigging and the charactistics of the pup follow it just as the acoustic tone inherent in a bass follows it. My standard pup setting is as high as they'll go without driving the strings into them, maximum 1/8." Pups mounted in standard J neck and bridge position unless noted otherwise. Also all are played to the same tunes in the following styles: Reggae, blues, country, Rock - some Jazz, 60's R&B, and Latin, with a few Stanley Clarke riffs thrown in solo. These pups have been run in the following order and all on page 1 except the EMG DC40: PV FOUNDATION (super ferrite?) EPIPHONE THUNDERBIRD HB’s ( Single wire with ground - 3 ¾ L x 1 ½ W x 1T) UK STATUS (GMT) LANE POOR M3.5W SOAPBAR (single pup bridge position) LANE POOR M3.5W SOAPBAR NECK/MODULUS LANE POOR MM BRIDGE (see MM pup experiment) LANE POOR M3.5W/MODULUS LANE POOR MM SIDE BY SIDE COMPARISON (see MM pup experiment) UK (British) JIM CAIRNES/PAULMAN 5 STRING SOAPBARS EMG HZ35's '82 GIBSON VICTORY BASS QUAD SOAP 80's IBANEZ MUSICIAN SINGLE COIL 80's IBANEZ MUSICIAN HUMBUCKER PV "WHO KNOWS?" ACTIVE EMG DC40 (Pg.2) - so far -------------------------------- PV FOUNDATION (super ferrite?) I'm guessing these are passive single coil super ferrite. I'll adjust accordingly when I find out for certain myself. Actually J's but soapbar shaped pups so classified as such. *Note: I have since found out the super ferrites actually have that printed on their faces. Apparently they changed pups in the Foundations in the 90's before they were discontinued altogether. Whether these were a variation of the Super Ferrite or a totally different pup don't know. But these had a smooth black face with a serious radius. After hearing the Kingston MTD pup and reading some other threads I decided at some point I would explore some low end pups - just to verify the more expensive pups are worth the difference in cost. I'd have to say if these PV pups were reflective of the sounds put out by low end pups - the more expensive pups would probably not only NOT be worth the price, most of them would be substantially inferior in tonal qualities. These are decent pups. Most tunes were played 1/2 to bridge pup and 1/2 to neck pup as mixing the pups did not produce very useable tones. I suspect the bridge and neck pups are exactly the same pups just mounted in different positions - even though someone had marked bridge and neck on the pup pads (there were stickers with N & S beneath the pads and I'm clueless what S might stand for). The neck just sounds like a darker version of the bridge. The amp tone was left flat except the 10 db treble cut was used for Reggae. Loaded into the acoustically dark bass. Volume output was probably 25% greater than average. Some hum but minimal. Some irritating finger transfer on the D & G strings using bridge pup only. Somewhat controlled by technique by digging in or angling fingers toward the neck - but as much as anything it depended on the tune (some it just stood out more regardless). Also irritating was there's considerably more radius on the pup face than the neck of the bass resulting in the strings being closer to the pup in the middle than perimeter - fingers feeling the pups while playing the A & D and clear on the E & G. Tone was distincly a medium J on the bridge pup (about a 3-1 neck/bridge blend tone from most J sets I've tried) and approaching a P tone at the neck only. Plenty of volume at the bridge pup and they functioned very well independently. When blended they put out a sound that was a sort of bright, tubular, hollow sound that hovered over the tune. I even changed up the wiring to see if I was running something out of phase and it was the same. There was a mixing point in adjustment when increasing the volume of one pup would bleed the tone and volume out of the other for about a step of adjustment then it would pass, but that hollowness remained. The pups worked to roughly 90% of the tunes. The bridge pup worked to pretty much everything and the neck to probably 50%. Volume, sensitivity, clarity, tone, and cut were even across the board. And there was a nice bulge on the E & A strings using the bridge pup. Probably some passable solo sounds. Never ran them through a preamp but I will and add the findings. In all, some useable, versatile, quality tones. Not much variation in sounds from these pups but the sound they put out works - a lot better than most pups I've tried. They were $5 including shipping. Addendum: ran these pups through a Bart NTMB. Volume dropped some but no noticeable effect on quality of tone. The preamp did seem to clear up some finger transfer. ALWAYS OPEN FOR PUP SWAPS OR QUICK PURCHASE AT A GOOD PRICE!