I have an ugly delima floating around in my head. It involves my 78 Fender Jazz Bass. The pickups were prior replaced with generic, EMG/Bartolini styled pickups. I love the slightly, synthetic sound of the standard EMG Jazz bass set, but I thought this bass would be more Vintage "Look" Appropriate, with pickups with pole pieces. People would look at it, and have more of a vintage respect, if they saw pole pieces... Right? After thinking through the Aero, Fralin, and Duncan, I decided to go with the EMG JVX Set. Created to be a bridge between Vintage and Passive tones. I believe the JVX set does its job. Ahhh.. But the sound guy for my main gig is used to my other EMG Active and Bartolini loaded basses, having more attack, more sting. I know EXACTLY what he's talking about, so I reach down and tweak my EBS Micro Bass to compensate for the passive-ish tone. So.. Should I keep in the Passive sounding EMG set, just to appease my visuals and the visuals of those around me? Or... Do I appease my "Un-natural" inner self and install the Modern Looking EMG pickups without the pole pieces? Anyone else living through this useless madness?