Hello, this is my first post here. Nice to meet everyone. Some back story for my questions: Long, long ago (like 3 weeks) I had a lovely Jaco sig fretted Jazz Bass. I loved everything about it. The look, the feel, and of course the sound. Then some waste of oxygen stole it. pause Ok, I can talk about it now without throwing things. Anyway, yesterday my insurance check arrived, and I went off in search of a replacement. Before the Jaco, I had owned a 62 RI Jazz, a 62 RI P, a 57 RI P, and a Stingray. My favorite bassists are Jamerson, Family Man, and Sting, so that plus my bass history ought to tell you the sounds I'm after. So yesterday I went shopping, and found no good Jazzes or Ps anywhere in the city. I was ready to hit Ebay when I saw a used but mint Warwick Thumb 5 BO in a store. They had it priced at the going Ebay rate, but I offered $700 cash and it followed me home. Now, I had often admired the look of Thumb basses, but had never thought of owning one, given the high cost of the NT models. But as I got this one at a ridiculously low price, I figured if I didn't like it I could turn it around on Ebay for some profit and then find another Jazz. And now that I've done a setup and put fresh strings on, my jury is out. I can get used to the thick neck and even the neck diving. I'm tall, so the 35" scale is no problem, and the low B sounds great. I love the looks, and I like the string spacing now that I've adjusted it. I'm about one more tweaking session tonight away from having a perfect fingerstyle setup that will still allow some serious digging in. Here are my questions, but first let me say that I am not trying to make it sound like a Fender. I know that it won't, and that's ok. It has phenomenal sustain and a good growly sound. Ok, the questions: While the "neck" pickup sounds pretty good, the bridge pickup (gold MECs in both) really sounds horrible. This is after experimenting with different pickup heights, different strings, and different amps (from my home studio's SWR Workingmans's 12 SWR to a 400W Eden 4x10/1x15 rig). If I have the blend all the way to the neck pu, it sounds pretty darn good. As soon as I blend in the bridge, there's an awful honky upper midrange sound. When it's bridge pu only, it's completely unusable, with nothing but honk, harsh attack, and sterile (2d) lows. So first, for those who have tried other pickups in their Thumb 5s, what is a set that actually offers a usable bridge sound and all combinations? I've like Basslines in the past, thought about Bartolinis, but I really want something worth listening to in the bridge. Given that the Thumb is such a different bass than all of my old Fenders, my experience with other pickups might not relate to the Thumb. Second, the preamp is not great. The low boost is too high, as it adds a bunch of 200Hz mud, and the treble is way too high, offering a lot of shattered glass but no pleasing timbres or subtly increased definition. And there is no control for the mids at all. Given that the mids are the biggest problem area for these MEC pickups in this Thumb, the lack of a mid control is a big problem. I had a 2 band Aguilar pre in my old Stingray, and thought it was great, so I'm considering the 3 band Aguilar for the Warwick, assuming I could use the exising three control holes (haven't researched it yet). Third question is should I just forget it, sell the Thumb, make a quick profit, and get a good Jazz? Is it possible to get a usuble bridge pu sound out of a Thumb 5? Now, if I were a slapper or a rock pick player, the current bridge pickup would probably be great for me. But I'm not, and it certainly isn't. If it helps, this Thumb has the ovankol neck and body with the wenge fingerboard. Other than the DR 45-whatever longscale tapered strings the bass is still stock. I play with my fingers 99% of the time, and rarely slap or pop. Thanks in advance for any and all help.