Hey all, I've been in the market now for a new bass for about 6 months, as I'm getting extremely bored with the limited, and disappointing, sounds my Schecter C-5 can make. This bass just sounds too bland and lifeless to me, especially when compared to the artists whom I would like to sound like. I think part of the problem is that, being an active bass, it just doesn't have that passive sizzle that I like to hear. Out of all the bassists I enjoy listening to most, Stanley Clarke is the only one with an onboard preamp, and now I think I know why. Also, I think that my bass may have too much sustain, and it has no bridge mute to compensate. Artists like Berry Oakley, and Phil Lesh do not have long sustain and sound heavenly to my ears. Lately I've been looking into hollowbodies and other vintage solid body basses to find the dirty, vocal sounds my idols produce out of their basses. I know P-basses and pretty much all basses make vocal sounds, but I also want a bass with a fairly unique look/ sound. One bass that caught my eye, and my ear was the Ovation Magnum. The 1 and 2 models look a little odd for me and the 4 has the same electronics, just with a verrry nice looking body. My problem with these three basses is that they are active and require two batteries to run, although the onboard EQ is a very nice touch. The 3 might be my answer because it is passive, but with the same pickups and furniture as the 4, which I like a ton. My question for you is, judging by my tastes, would I like the passive 3 or the active 4 better and would either of these basses be what I am looking for? Thank you very much!