Wolfe Macleod is one of the most respected and admired custom guitar pickup winders out today. He has received numerous accolades for his work and is constantly improving and expanding his line. Finally, he has crossed over to our side and built a J-Bass pickup. I have had the great fortune to be the "Road Tester" for this new pickup. Here are my observations from playing these pups on an R&B gig, a metal gig, a honky-tonk gig, and a singer-songwriter recording session. SETUP : I loaded these pickups into my old trusty Fender Jazz with a DPDT for series/parallel switching and 500K audio taper pots. The cap is a gigantic Jensen oil & paper with a .66 measurement. The bass was played through a GK RB800, Aguilar DB680, and a Radial Bassbone DI. Construction : The pickup was carefully assembled and had a very clean and professional build with no wax residue or messy soldering. The cloth wrapped leads were very long and sturdy. The covers were great and had a very nice look; not shiny and "cheap" looking like the stock Fender pups. The pole pieces are staggered slightly. Sound : For the R&B gig I played most of the show in parallel with both pups on full and a slight bit of the tone rolled off. Very big and ballsy sound that sat in the mix incredibly well. It actually reminded me of the sound of my '64 Jazz but with a little more top end. For the James Brown-esque funk number I rolled off the neck pup and the bridge pickup had a great sound by itself. Full and cutting, it really growled and gave a good sharpness to the fingerstyle funk. Unfortunatly, I did not get a chance to play any slap or pop licks so I don't know how they will handle that. Next was the metal gig. With this band I ended up playing with the pickups in series and I found that here is where these pups absolutly rule!!! The sound was HUGE and had a presence that had been lacking in my old setup (SD QP's) for this band. The low end was massive without burying the mids and highs. It was really great to get this gigantic tone without being overly dirty like the QP's were. At the end of the gig both the drummer and the SINGER (?!?) came over and told me how amazing I sounded. For me these pups in series are worth the price of admission alone. The honky-tonk and singer-songwriter gigs were very good to show off the versatility of these pups with the big bottom in series laying it down for the country sets and the parallel setting giving me a killer JPJ sound for "Ramble On" and the rest of the Singer-Songwriter set. No complaints from either! Conclusion : These pickups are really great for me and my uses. I loved the sound of the pups in series so much that I am debating if I should just hardwire it in series. It really does "out P" my P-Bass and that is saying something! These pickups cover alot of ground but really seem to come into its own when playing aggressive. My biggest complaint with the SD QP's was the lack of clarity and with the Wolfetones I get the Huge sound with a very defined presence. These pups are staying in this JBass. My fretless Jazz has the SD Antiquity II's and between both of these basses I have EVERY Jazz bass sound I could possibly need and can even out-do my Precision. One of the best things about doing business with Wolfe is that he actually custom winds for each individual player. He talked to me at length about what type of playing I was doing, what sounds I wanted, how my bass was constructed, and what amps I was playing through. On top of that he even had me submit examples of my playing (via mp3) so he could tailor the pups to specific nuances in my style. All in all, these are an amazing set of pickups and have been an all-around great experience. Since these are the last prototypes he has no prices listed on his website ( http://www.wolfetone.com/ ) but he gladly discuss the details with you.