This is the answer to my "Wanted: 4-String graphite bass w/two pups" post. This bass won't get much play because I bought it primarily for situations that demand the stability of the graphite. (Then again, my son wants it as a replacement for his Steinberger XP2.) I once owned a passive Modulus VJ so I had a good idea of what I was getting. No surprises here except: - The active option sounds better than I hoped - The controls are vol/pan/bass/treb vs vol/vol/bass/treb. I'm happy.