I've been a bass player for about a month and a half now. Switching over from guitar was a little difficult, but now I'm loving it. I got a really sweet deal on a used Warwick Corvette Standard 6 and I'm enjoying it a lot. While I don't have a large rig (just a small practice amp), I have played through several that I liked and I'm pretty sure I'm going to be picking up a Thunderfunk with some sort of Accugroove cab here in the next month or so. So, from playing guitar, I know most of the lingo involving electronics, etc. However, when it comes to the active preamps and bass pickups, I'm a little overwhelmed at this time. Whose bass tone do I like? Well, I'm a big fan of Oteil Burbridge, Todd Smallie, Juan Nelson, or pretty much any bassist who has a nice, thick low end who can still have a nice funky tone as well. I think Victor Wooten's percussive tone is too much on that hi-fi end, while someone like...say Berry Oakley or Allen Woody or Jack Bruce has too much of a growling tone. Yeah, I'm sorry, you'll have to bear with me. Anyway, I was thinking about some combos: Bartolini Pickups and Preamp: I understand that this can be kind of dark on a bubinga wood body, ie the Warwick. Bartolini Pickups and Aguilar Preamp: Again, dark with the pickups, but can the two be combined? Will this change the sound? EMG pickups and Aguilar Preamp: Can this be done? Which EMG pickup would I want? There are several to choose from. Again, sorry for all the n00b questions, but even with a search, the abundance of info returned is so head-rattling that I'm losing sleep at night I appreciate any help you can offer. I enjoy this forum a lot and I look forward to contributing here as best I can.