Tone wise, I hate the mid range. Yeah I know... but either way I like a bright high end for good note definition on the attack and a fat low end compressed to reduce the thunder. I've played a lot of basses through a lot of amps over my short 15 years of playing and to me nothing beats a neck-thru 35" with EMGs and old pro steels (they start out super clanky and bright but mellow out to a good clean tone). Tone controls set to max bass, all mids cut, highs at half. GEQ with only cuts to 10k+ and 50 and below as a LPF/HPF to get rid of the frequencies that don't matter. Unfortunately all my gear is old early 2000s and impossible to replace. It will eventually die and become more expensive to fix than to replace. Anyone have any ideas on some more modern basses / rigs as replacement? The only limitations are: must be a neck-thru bass (i set up my basses for the lowest uniform action possible), no Ampegs (owned a SVT-4Pro and portaflex 500. I hate them), No Fenders (hate them for a lot of reasons), and the rig must be solid state (dont need tone from the tubes). Don't care if the pups are active EMGs or Duncans, they both sound the same to me with the EQ settings I use. Below is a list of my gear: ESP LTD DF-404 (Tribal) EMG40DCs ESP LTD F-404FM (Tribal) EMG40DCs ESP LTD F-405FM (Tribal) EMG45DCs Kustom Groove 1200HD (used purely for power) Kustom G810H dbx 131s GEQ for precision cuts BBE Maxcom set for slowish attack, fast release, 3:1, getting 6db of compression.