I just bought an Ibanez Iceman bass, to be honest, because I think it looks cool. Other than looking pretty cool, it seems that just about everything else about it kind of sucks. However I have this twisted sense of challenge, like a personal quest in which I want to make this thing playable as well as look cool. The Iceman's odd shaped body combined with it's strap lock placement make it extremely neck heavy. If you're not holding the neck up, it will plummet to the floor, which is sort of distracting if you have to be conscious of holding the neck up as you play. (It's not even particularly comfortable to play while sitting.) Also the neck is a bit wide for my taste. But my biggest complaint is that the pickups seem substandard as the E and G string have a significant drop in volume. I did try replacing the strings thinking that perhaps they shipped it with dead strings, but it didn't help. (I acknowledge that a quality maker can occasionally ship a turkey, so I am not bashing Ibanez in general.) So my current dilemma is replacing the pickups, but with what? The Iceman has a mahogany body, maple neck and rosewood finger board. The pickups are stock MHC4s for both the neck and bridge. These pickups are unfortunately smaller in size than all of the replacement pickups I've looked at (which could possibly account for the signal loss toward the edges.) I'd like to find something acceptable that wouldn't require routing out the body. I've looked at the passive EMG, Seymour Duncan, and Bartolini soap bars, but they are all larger than the pickup space provided by the Iceman. Any suggestions (other than selling the bass ;-)) would be greatly appreciated. As a side note, I read that Pete Way of UFO is playing a "customized" Iceman. I would love to know what he did to make his more playable.