So, I used to own a bass with a custom Villex pickup (it was an Ibanez SRX400) with a special mid-tone control. The pickup absolutely smoked. I'm working on another project bass in my head and I'm thinking I have too many J basses so it'll probably be a P/J. I am thinking the Villex P/J set with the stacked J humbucker would be sweet. It's rather expensive ($250 for the pickup set) but I think it should be worth it. Some questions 1) In a Villex pickup SET does EACH pickup come with a mid-tone control or is it just one pot for the pair? Ideally I'd like only three holes drilled in the body but I could probably do 4. Was thinking stacked vol/vol, mid(villex) and tone. 2) How loud are these compared to an active preamp? I recall my custom Villex p'up being pretty loud and I was able to toss out the preamp altogether but I can't really remember. All my basses are active so that's what I'm used to but I really want to go straight passive on this one - even if it is passive on steroids. Thinking of adding a StellarTone tone pot for more tone control in the treble/bass. I figure the Villex gives some nice mid controls, why not add the Stellartone in conjunction. I figure this would be the most tone control possible while remaining passive. Thoughts?