Hi, I'm talking with Matt at FBB Custom about a custom bass, and it's time for me to decide what onboard electronics I want. The pickups will probably be Bartolini P/J passives, and Matt's initial preamp recommendation is a Bartolini 3-band. I will be using this bass mostly for soul and reggae, but I do jam with a metal band occasionally, so I want to be able to boost the mids on those occasions. The classic soul/reggae sound is a passive P, but an active setup with a kick to the mids would suit the metal deal better. I play fingerstyle, no pick, and I don't slap a whole lot. I don't really want a crapload of knobs and switches on this bass. So I'm thinking what if he were to setup the controls like: passive vol/vol/tone knobs active mid knob, with switch for range of mids, and a switch for passive bypass That's still four knobs and two switches. And am I crazy to have an onboard preamp and DISABLE the high boost/cut and low boost/cut functions? Would I be better off just building the bass passive and kicking in an outboard preamp/eq pedal when I want the metal tone? Or is there an onboard preamp in existence that suits this sort of purpose better than the Bart 3-band? Thanks!