I recently acquired an Ibanez SR1205E bass, part of their "premium" line which I know is still a big step below the "prestige". But I really like the bass. Great neck, great pickups (Nordstrand Big Singles). The pickups really sound awesome in passive mode. It's the active mode I am worried about. The stock preamp in the bass is what seems like a fairly run-of-the-mill 3-band active EQ. To me it makes the pickups turn harsh. It doesn't sound bad, but just not awesome, no matter how I tweak it. Ideally I would love to be able use the active EQ to dial in something more powerful and substantial, as well as the ability to alter the pickup tone into something more like a P-bass. I was looking at Nordstrand's site and saw their EQ models, and was tempted to buy their 3b preamp, but I stopped myself for three reasons: Their EQ graph looks extremely similar to the graph of the stock Ibanez preamp. Would this really make much difference? Maybe these sweet sounding passives will always get harsh through an active pre? How much of a hassle will it be to install an aftermarket preamp? Is there any industry standard going on or would I have to rewire the whole thing? I didn't see any wiring info on Nordstrand's site, and I didn't know where to go from there. I don't really know what is out there in terms of bass preamps. I just know that I want to preserve the existing controls (on/off mini toggle, mid-shift mini toggle, B/M/T pots with center detent). I am primarily a guitarist and have a lot of experience working with guitar electronics, but this is a different beast for me. If anyone here has any advice for me, I would appreciate it very much. Huge thanks.