I just got back from the local guitar center where I spent a few moments with a black HH ray. It was set up pretty poorly, but I was able to get a good impression of what the pickups sound like ... and the answer is they sound GREAT!!! A lot of the time on a two pickup bass you'll love one pickup blend or another, but on the HH I though every one of the 5 positions had a unique and compelling sound. The neck pickup soloed sounds a bit like my Guild B-302's neck pickup, but even fatter and more coherant. Its big and round and not too wooly. I was palm muting some jazz lines and it was killin. The bridge pickup sounds like a Ray. The combinations actually yielded some of the best tones. Position 4 was amazing. There is enough finger room to slap (for me anyway). I also really liked the beveled edges on the pickups, and the usual great MM build quality. Just another vote about how impressive these basses are. Now everone start buying these things so I can snap them up on the used market when your car breaks down and you and have to sell.