...and here's why: 1) I like the sound of my bass, but the D string is weak and the G is almost non-existent - even with really skewed pickup balance (i.e., the G polepieces almost touching the strings nd the E/A side really low). 2) My index/middle right hand fingers are always sore the night after one of my marathon gigs. I pluck hard but I never had this problem on any other bass. The reason? The raised polepieces. They wreak havoc on my fingers. So, I want a replacement with no visible polepieces and an improved D/G volume. Go!