I posted this in the Sterling Club, but haven't gotten any responses. Thought it might do better as its own thread anyway. I have a Sterling 5 H. I have absolutely no slap bass skills (and almost no bass skills of any kind, really). But, a friend was over the other day and trying out my Sterling. I like its tone best when in Series mode, so I always play it like that. But, my friend was playing it and plays slap very well. I have read here on TB many times that a scooped tone seems to be preferred for slap. So, when he played slap on it, I switched it to Parallel mode and scooped the EQ a bit. The tone he was getting was as good a slap tone as I've ever heard come out of any bass. He switched it to Single Coil and then to Series. Parallel mode was definitely the best sounding for playing slap. My friend liked it so much, he said he was going to start looking for a Sterling (but a 4) for himself. He found a place with a 4 HS and asked me if it would have the same tone. I checked the schematics on the EBMM website and found that the Sterling HS and HH both do NOT have the same Parallel mode setting available in their switching options. The only Parallel setting on the HH is 1&3+2&4 (where & = Parallel and + = Series). The only Parallel setting on the HS is 1+3&2. In all cases, coils are numbered from bridge to neck. 1 is closest to the bridge. 4 is closest to the neck. This leads me to think that, at least to my and my friend's ears, neither the HS or the HH would sound as good for slap bass as the H model. OTOH, I realize that without trying those other models, there could be a setting on them that gives some similar sound - maybe even one that I/we would like even better. So, can anybody comment on how a Sterling HS or HH can compare to an H when used for slap bass in Parallel mode? Also, I guess pickup placement would also affect the sound. Does anybody know for sure if the H pickup placement is exactly the same as the bridge pickup placement on the HH and HS? Thanks!