Hey I am very intrigued by this bass, specifically the 5 string version with a maple board. I was talking to one of the guys at Bass Northwest today about it and it has all the features that a Stingray 5 lacks in my opinion (35" scale, tilt back headstock, asymetrical neck, etc.). In our discussion I asked him about direct pickup replacment and he said both the Ernie Ball MM pickup and the Bartolinni MM pickup are direct replacements for the MTD. Now I've played a MM Stingray 5 in the past and loved it except for a few things, mainly the neck profile and the lack of tightness in the B. Which brings me to my question. If I was to replace the MTD electronics with an Ernie Ball or Bartollini pickup and active preamp how close do you figure I could get to a MM sound ? Do Ernie Ball sell the preamps and pickups for Stingray 5's ? If I could get even realitivly close to a MM tone (yes I realize that only a MM will sound exactly like a MM, but I'm just looking to get close) then this bass will be a godsend for me. At that point it would have every feature I want at less than half what a Stingray 5 that I wouldn't be completely happy with would cost me. All opinions and suggestions welcome. Thanks alot.