I've been hearing all sorts of good things about Essex basses. I decided to go on Rondo and I saw the one I want. The Vintage wood colored J-bass with the sexy block inlays and metal stuff (ash tray) and the finger rest (for playing thumb.) Now i've got a question. If I get this, i'm for sure taking the metal stuff off, but would the drill holes look really bad? Also, I would eventually get new pickups. Now I want the Tim Commerford Overdrive/Geddy Lee Overdrive sound and I know I can't get it from just the pickups, but what are some good reccomendations? I would be slapping and using a a pick too, this would have to be a pretty versatile bass. I would get a D-tuner too. Thanks for the help.