I'm sure this is all what you are dying to see, another pickup recommendation thread but I have a fretless Fender Jazz Bass and I want to swap out the pups. I don't know how to judge the "natural" tone of my bass by playing it acoustically, just don't really know how to distinguish between bright and dark wood. It's an adler body and mapleneck/rosewood fingerboard. So I've narrowed it down to Bartolini 9CBJD-1 Set, EMG J, or Lace Sensors. I really want it to be a flat black casing with no exposed pole pieces to excentuate the current look of the bass. But if you have recommendations with pole pieces exposed and hold them with high regard, by all means recommend them. My budget is $150, and I would essentially just want to bring out that traditional fretless tone that is so sought after, also I want more stable highs they sound rather sterile to me currently- so just a better tonal pallette than the stock Fender pups. Humbucking or humcancelling is definitely a priority too, I have shielding in but I would really like that "studio quiet". As moronic as it is to have EMG listed... I would really like to stay passive.