May I join the passive club? My only bass is a Warwick Corvette Standard 4-string and though it used to have the stock active MECs and 2 band active electronics, 1.5 years ago I had a luthier friend of mine swap out the pickups for Duncan STK-J2s and a vol-vol-tone configuration. No muss, no fuss, no batteries, and I STILL get more tones out of the bass than I can even use. I get a thicker low end and a beefier growl too. I am so not going back to actives after this. Should I get a custom in the future (I would eventually like a custom 5) I'm totally going 1 pickup, 1 volume control. EDIT: Though I adore my Duncans, I've always wondered what a Warwick would sound like with Lindy Fralins and a passive setup.