Years ago I had a Warwick Thumb with tone to die for. But, it weighed 11lbs, and all of it seemed to be in the headstock. I felt like I needed a third arm to play it. So, I'm in the market for a bass now (probably $600 to $750 range) and I'd love to get that sound, but I just can't deal that the poor ergonomics of the Warwicks that I've played. Is there a way to get that growly sound without playing a warwick? Can I get some MEC pickups and slap them in something like an Ibanez? What do you think?