I am considering buying a beautiful, lightweight, very resonant Swamp Ash 5 string 17th Street bass. 17th Street is a new small LA company. I have been playing this bass in my favorite shop for the past year and, other than a Peavey Cirrus I played for a while, it is my favorite 5 string. The shop owner is getting ready to blow it out. Until yesterday, I had not plugged it in. When I did I found that the EMG (J40s, I think) pickups and preamp were much too thin and sterile for my taste. I was plugged into a Crate amp since the shop AG500 setup was out on loan. I emailed 17th Street about the specific pickups and preamp, but it came back as "mail box full". I'll try to call them tomorrow. I made arrangements to borrow the bass next week end so I can try it out with my Ashdown amp. But given EMGs rep for "hi-fidelity" and maybe even "sterile" sound, I am not optimistic that I will like the pickups even with the Ashdown. My reference point for pickups and preamps is my Rick Turner Electroline with the piezo bridge, two Turner Soapbars and the Turner Highlander pre-amp. These aren't very common so my best description is warm, full and round, yet very articulate, with lots of bottom, lots of mid and beautiful highs. In my experience the versatility is only rivaled by MTDs. If I buy the bass, it will be because of the body, neck and price. So what is available that I could drop into a 5 string J40 rout that would give me a warm and full, but also articulate tone? Does EMG make a pickup and pre-amp that fits this description? Any suggestions on other pre-amps? I haven't heard the Aggie preamps, but I usually like their equipment so I am considering theirs.