My luthier has a 5 string, wide neck Thumb bolt-on in his shop that he's fixing the neck on. The owner also wants to replace the electronics, which are the original MEC (soapbars and 2 band EQ). He (the luthier) has asked me for some suggestions, and my immediate thought was EMG sopabars (probably 45DC) and an EMG preamp. However, I noticed that the MEC soapbars look a bit thinner than an EMG pickup. So - can any of you guys make some suggestions for a direct replacement, or do you think it's worth routing the bass out to drop a set of EMGs in it? Also, any preamp suggestions would be great. Unfortunately, I don't know what sort of sound the owner is after, although I assume "better" would probably be correct! I know from personal experience that the MEC pickups and electronics tend to be the weak point of these instruments. So, if you make a suggestion, you might want to add what direction the set up would take the bass in - warmer, more aggressive etc.