Hi all - after a few ideas. My current bass is an active US Fender J 5, but I'm looking at buying a Fender J Aerodyne and replacing the pickups. What I am really interested in is a passive setup but I would still like to have a fairly high output for pick style rock and metal. I know the obvious choice would be SD 1/4 pounders (p and j) but for some reason Dimarzio Model P and J pickups sound like they may do the trick. Does anyone have any experience with these pickups for these styles of music. I realize the great Billy Sheehan uses a Model One P but his sound also comes from the Willpower HB and his signal chain is fairly processed. I'm a bit of a bass - lead - amp guy. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Also I run it through a Hartke L500 amp (with active and passive input), a Hartke 4x10 and a Hartke 1x15.