Merry Christmas to all! I have a 2001 Spector NS2000 5 string bolt-on. The bass sounds great, for the most part, looks amazing and just feels good to play. But (there is always a but, isn't there) I have a bit of an issue with the stock EMG-HZ pickups... The bass is VERY hot in the mids, partially owing to the basswood/maple body, but I'm thinking the pickups don't help; additionally, the combination of passive pickups with an active 2 band boost only preamp is very microphonic. I would like to achieve the following: Keep the smoothness and warmth of the bass, but maybe dial it back a bit. Reduce the microphonic-ness of the system - primarily this. My brother in law has an identical bass, went to active EMGs on an 18v circuit with an Aguilar OBP-1 preamp and didn't notice much difference, so I'm thinking about going a slightly different route. For now, the preamp will stay, I can only afford to do one thing at a time. Are there passive pickups that are less microphonic than the EMGs, i.e. Bartolini's', or would something like a Seymour Duncan ASB or ASB2 be better options? The pickups are standard EMG 40 soap bar size (4 inch x 1.5 inches) I've looked at TV Jones Thunder'blade pickups but I don't see any dimensions, so I'm not sure they'll fit, and I don't know that the Nordstrand's will fit either. Right now I'm leaning toward the Duncans, as they look to have a bit of a mid scoop... but I'm open to options.