I recently purchased one of these. I like the bass. I needed another 5 string to play around with and the price was right. I generally like the sound of the pickups but I have a couple issues. I recently played a location that was a quiet laid back atmosphere and I noticed some noise from the bridge (single coil) pickup. The P pickup was dead silent of course so I end up just turning the bridge off and placing P style. Also I am concerned about the active circuit in the bass. I don't know why but I am always concerned that dang battery is going to go dead and leave me hanging. I would rather just keep it simple at use passive pickups! What suggestions do you have? I am open to completely pulling all the pickups and rewiring if that is what it takes but any simpler suggestions are welcome. Thanks!