I have these thoughts going through my head and I want to get them down Let me back up first. I have a 5501. After a few months of tweaking, trying strings, changing pickups and preamps, I've hit on a magical combination that is working perfect for me. For various reasons, this bass will now become my main gigging bass. I've had Bart MK5 pickups and an Audere preamp in it for a while, but what really nailed it for me was adding a mini 3 way switch that changes the pickups from inner coils/series coils/outer coils. Inner coils is what is doing it for me. Perfect combination of deep, bright, and mids. Now here's where my head starts to hurt from thinking too much. I want this same sound in a 4 string, AS CHEAPLY AS POSSIBLE. A 4401 is the obvious choice, fully aware that I will need to replace the pickups and preamp...I will also be adding a pickguard probably. That will be important later. I already have a preamp I can use, so let's jump to pickups. Obviously, Bart MK5/MK4 are the obvious choice. However, remember I'm cheap, they are $200 new (I got the ones in my 5501 for $100..would love to find that deal again). I was thinking maybe I could just get a set of regular old Jazz pickups and mount them in empty shells, but I think I've decided against that. I think I want to stick with humbuckers that are switchable. Here's where the 44-02 and the and the aforementioned pickguard comes in. Since I'm going to get a pickguard anyway, and 44-02 pickguards are readily available, why not get a 44-02 pickguard and just route out for the MM/J pickups? Oh, did I mention that I already have a set of MM/J pickups? So basically I guess the question is...assuming the pickups are similar, let's just say all are Bart Classic series, can the MM/J setup get the same sounds as the dual soapbar? I just love that inner coil sound I get from my 5501 and I'm just not sure the best way to get that from a 4401. I kinda like the idea of having a 4401 and routing it for either pickup set, and it would just be a pickguard swap to get either one.