Ok, here’s my dilemma- A couple of years ago a I bought an American Original 70s Jazz from another TB’er and it has been hands down my favorite bass of all time. I use it as my number one, from a stable of many worthy beauties. In short, I love her. The original owner had already swapped the stock Pure Vintage 78s with the EMG JVHZ, which is their passive Vintage Jazz replacement. The original owner said this was because they were truly noiseless, whereas in pure single coil fashion, the PV Jazz pups would get noisy if not evenly leveled. That all sounded great, as I usually roll off the bridge a bit, and having owned many JB’s knew exactly what he meant. I got the bass. Sounds amazing. But listening back to some recordings, I noticed that my live tone was getting grittier. Couldn’t hear it at home, but in the recordings I could. Fast forward to now. I just purchased an American Original 50s P to give the JB some company. Again, I have nothing but great things to say about this bass. But let me tell you- it is LOUD! In the best way possible. Clear, clean, and chimey tone. It effin slaps. That 58 pickup is a beast. Probably the best sounding P pickup I’ve ever played/heard, and I was all ready to drop a Geezer in there (not happening now). So I pull out the JB to do a side by side comparison. The JB is almost like a whisper compared to the P bass. I started watching myself turn up the gain to get my V4B where I needed to sculpt my tone, lo and behold, there’s all that grit I was finding in my live tone. I was having to crank this guy just to hear what I needed out of the Jazz Bass itself. Immediately, I’m thinking I should go grab the stock Pure Vintage pups and throw them back in. Right? They were included, and I do have them. But the original owner seemed so convinced these EMGs were far better. They do sound good, just sooooo quiet. They’re a passive model, so I know they’re not requiring power. I’ve read other great reviews on them, and up until now, they suited me just fine. I just don’t know. So do any of you have experience with both pickups? How did they compare to you? Does anyone have extensive experience with the stock PV Jazz pup? Are they super quiet like the EMG? Are they loud like the P? Is there really a ton of 60cycle hum if I roll off the bridge? Is it bad? I’m just so impressed by the PV Precision pickup, I don’t see how the Jazz could be a letdown. Let me know your thoughts. Threw in a poll just to appease the voting types. Feel free to suggest others, but I’m mainly wondering about the two mentioned.