So, the pickup configuration is pretty much what sold me on the bass. I talked to Devon about it when it was in production, then I played it at NAMM and loved it... eventually I just bought it. So, here's the deal. You can split the pickups, so I can pretty much get a JJ spacing if I split them to the opposing single coils. Add that to an actual good MM tone and I was pretty much sold. However, the true unexpected tonal Gem is the front Bigman soloed with a little drive. I was trying to cop a P bass vibe by putting it there, but what I got was much more aggressive and driving. I play in a band that basically does the "Journey through time" gimmick with a single guitar player. I had been using a B7K for a lot of the 90s rock stuff to thicken it up when we play, but with this bass I can seemingly knock quite a bit of distortion off the pedal and still achieve that presence I am looking for. In addition to that it has a passive tone control that will work on any configuration. Its a real Swiss Army Knife of tones and I am still just figuring everything out.