So, I bought myself a few birthday presents this weekend, and did the following to my Marcus Miller: -Shielded bass -Put in Aero Type 1 pickups -Removed preamp, wired bass Volume/Blend/Tone with an on/off switch. -Installed straplocks -New Moody 2 1/2" black leather strap -InCase Slim Bag It's like a whole new bass! The new pickups/passive tone are much much more to my liking, with more highs/lows then before, and clarity out the wazoo. It's almost like I can hear more of my finger on the string, too, if you know what I mean. Also, it seems much more responsive to right hand placement/attack changes. And it's dead silent now, too. I have a newfound love for this bass, now. I can't put it down.