Fretted: DP Custom 5-string bass Custom body/headstock shape 35" scale Hipshot Ultralite Tuners Gotoh Bridge (string thru body) Black metal knobs Ash body (Quilted Maple Top) Maple neck 2 EMG 40J pickups 18v Aguilar OBP-1 preamp/EQ (volume, balance, bass, treble) Ebony fingerboard Dunlop flushmount straplocks Ok, here are the same specs I put up not too long ago for the custom bass I hope to get built around Xmas time. I have two main areas I would like suggestions on, but suggestions anywere are welcome. 1.) Pickups This bass is mainly going to be used for metal, but I would like a decent slap/pop sound. Basically, I just need a little versatility. The EMG site says that the 40Js have a "little less low-end but expanded midrange." My question is, will I lose that much midrange by going with 40Js as opposed to say, 40DCs? 2.) Preamp Ok, let me first start off by saying that I don't know much about electronics (and I'm sure it shows), so that's why I could use some help here. Is the Aguilar the best choice for this application? My main concern is that it's only 2-band. I don't know that a 3-band EQ is truly necessary, but it could be a nice luxury. I was thinking about the possibility of a Bartolini 18v 3-band EQ. Opinions? I know the Aguilar will give me the power I want, but I'm sort of concerned that I will be limited in my tonal versatility. One quick note, after investigating the suggestion of a maple fretboard, I decided against it. The main factor is that I want to balance out the 'brightness' of this bass a bit, and I figure an ebony board should give a little growl which would be nice. If I had some webspace I would put a preliminary pic of my design up, but I don't have any (and I don't feel like registering with geocities or any of those places just for one thing). If you want to see the design, just tell me and I'll email it to you or something. Thanks ahead of time for the help. You guys (and gals) are always helpful! Edit:: Forgot about the handy attach feature... Our mods are so nice to us, aren't they? Attached is a first draft of my design. Yes, it is basically a modified Spector CRFM in Black Cherry.