I am considering having Warmoth make me a custom 5-string jazz bass. I have picked out most of the hardware I would like to have installed on this bass except the two most important pieces, the pickups and electronics. Doing a search for threads on this subject, I have come to the conclusion that I would like either Villex or Nordstrand jazz pickups installed with an East U-Retro 5 knob pre-amp. I want a good passive tone for recording and certain songs but also an active tone that cuts through during live performances. I am still not sure what pickups to use or even what configuration (Jazz, soapbar, split coil etc...) to use. Since I play mostly hard rock/metal and occasionally funk and alternative, I want a pickup that has a nice growl, be deep and throaty with a smooth top end. Has anyone used these pickups and/or pre or do you have another option for me to try?