Back story: I have a MIM P-bass with a 1/4 pounders strung with Cirkle-K's and I love it the way it sounds - so present, so punchy, just "right" - not necessarily the only sound I like bass-wise, but one that is a really appealing sound to me. The bad parts are that it is heavy (my back is wonky) and it doesn't have a 5th string which I really like to have. To fix this, I have an Ibanex SRA505, mahogany body, EMG hz pickups, Ibanez 3 band pre-amp, DR Fatbeams, and it is really light, so form factor wise, it is a keeper - less than 8 lbs. I get it that they are not the same bass at all and that they won't (in current cofiguration) sound alike. But the Ibanez seems REALLY mid-scooped. I mean, I like the extended lows compared to my P-bass, but there is much less punch and authority. It IS growly down on the E and B strings and I like that, I just want more punch. Even when I boost 250-300 hz on my amp, though better, it is still not the same. (I boost a bit of 1K, too to help more, but still not "there.") I don't slap, I play with my fingers cause I like the increased warmth/fullness, rarely play with a pick. I prefer a Kappalite 3015 non-LF fullrange, no tweeter. P-bass performs well here or with other cabs. Ibanez is not bad, just different - I have to fight it a lot I feel. Questions: 1. Will a different pre-amp help anything? If so, which one(s)? EMG BQS for hz? 2. Is this just how EMG 35-45hz's sound? I don't mean to bash them, just not sure if it is the pups or something else. 3. People who bash the hz's tend to prefer the EMG DC's - do they have more of what my P-bass gives me? I have never heard them that I know of and cannot readily try them out. Sorry for the long read, but thanks for your time and help.