I posted a thread in Basses, but it went unanswered and moved down 5 pages in a day. My question was really about pickups, anyway, so I'll try here instead. I am considering getting a 5 string bass as a gig backup, and for playing a few tunes that need the extended range. I don't need flash and bling, just playability. I demoed a Squier J and some Ibbys. I preferred the tone of the Squier, and I'm sort of professed J-body guy, so I have that one under consideration. The bass I tried had a nice familiar feel and it played pretty well. I had a couple minor issues with it but for a $379 instrument, they'd be easily corrected or overlooked. The tone was J in character with adequate volume, but I'm looking for similar snarl and growl to what I get out of my MIAs. The strings on the demo unit probably had something to do with it, although I felt like the pickups weren't quite as responsive as I'm used to. I do prefer passive instruments, so I'm looking to stay in that arena. My experience with 5s is so limited I wouldn't even know where to begin guessing for a pickup replacement. Has anybody modded a Squier VM Jazz 5 that can give me some coordinates on this? Your experience is appreciated.