Hello. I tried reading every thread concerning MM pickups or MM-basses in general, but didn't find a solution for my question. I'm building a custom bass with a local luthier, and I need pickups. Bass specs: -Ash body with cavities and a (no-flame) maple top. -Maple neck and fretboard, 24 frets, 35". -MM/J -pickups, passive electronics. People keep talking how the alnico Nordstrand is so perfect, smooth and soft etc. After trying one in my friend's bass, my prejudice ended being right: Nothing that I want near my new bass. A Bartolini CB was a lot better (but a Lakland w/ other Bartolinis weren't). What I want when I turn on the MM is aggressive energy, anger and power (ash and maple, isn't it obvious? . Testing a S.U.B. I get all that, quite well actually. Is it so that what I need is a MM-pickup with ceramic magnets? I'm not familiar with the sound differences between Sterling and Stingray. Someone said that the Basslines SMB doesn't sound that MM-ish. Don't know which model he was referring to, but since he didn't mention, I suppose it was the regular ceramic. What I need is a pickup that I could use for the aggressive modern MM-sound. The S.U.B. sound, if I may. What would that be? I'll put a sample to my homedirectory that I think has the modern MM sound as I hear it. Or am I completely out of the track? The bassist in the tracks did use a Stingray 4, don't know if it was new or old. He uses Wal nowadays. The bass sound in the sample track is not the best, but it is closest to the sound I'm after. From a passive bass? Yes, as strange as it sounds. http://koti.welho.com/arintama/MM/ -Aki.