Pretty soon I will have the opportunity to A/B a Vintage Modified 5 string bass (the White Olympic version of the Marcus Miller bass), vs the Black Vintage Modified Jaguar bass (also 5 string). At first I thought they were both identical, save for the shape. Sadly that's not true. The Jaguar is an active bass. VM Jazz bass is a passive bass. The Jaguar is PJ, the Jazz, is double J. I chose the Olympic white for color purposes only. I prefer a PJ, but perhaps the Jazz will be just as good for my purposes. I prefer the Jazz being a passive bass, and from memory, prefered the tone of the passive over the active, although it appears to me that the active bass has better volume dynamics (sounds better slapping). The pickup signal is also a lot hotter on the Jaguar. So hot, that on some amps I have to turn the gain almost all the way down. I will A/B review it soon. Anyone has any questions, or things he'd like to be answered, or any input on these two basses, is welcome to share!