I would dearly love to have, but won't be able to afford anytime soon, a Rob Allen Mouse 30-5 or a Veillette Minotaur 5. In the meantime, I could begin experimenting in that realm of the 5 string melodic with this guitar strung E A D G B C: Brice HXB2-405 3/4 Nat Bubinga Short Scale - RondoMusic.com At that price point ($299USD) I don't expect that the PUs would be much so they would be an obvious early upgrade. I realize that a great many factors go into producing the tone that comes out of the speaker but, with that said, it remains true that the PUs are perhaps the most important link in that chain. In your experience, which PU (active or passive) has a chance of doing a passable job of simulating the sound of a fretless with piezo PU? Note from the link that the Rondo/Brice is set up for a standard 4" x 1.5" soapbar PU. Thanks for your thoughts and input.