I have had the picture of my dream bass in my head for years and i have finally decided to do something about it. In january i purchased a sweet tele style maple/maple neck with pearl block inlays and jazz nut width. i have finally sold my peavy bass bringing my funds high enough to afford the body. I will be getting a dinky j bass body in daphne blue and use a black pickguard. now for the hard part... what pickup configuration do i get. i have been spending the last few weeks researching, listening to clips, going to GC to try different pickups and configurations. here are my findings: i don't like 2 jazz pickups. i don't know what it is i just don't like it. i DO like p bass pickup sound but there is something missing from the tone. i don't like any preamps that i have heard. i don't like the double humbucker mm basses i don't like and soap-bar style pickups i have played active or not the only mm bass i liked was the h/s one with the switch in the h parallel position. i love the pj sound but i already have a pj bass and sold a pj to get this one and just sold another pj... i have been playing a pj in one form or another for 4 years. so in short... i like the pj sound and the mm single h pickup in the mm spot. like i said i have a pj bass with a dimarzio ultra jazz and a split p pickup. i don't like the sound of the split p alone but the 2 together sound amazing. it is not the prettiest bass (tregan shaman bass) and i want something that will sound different. my original idea was to put a mm style pickup in the "sweet spot" (Warmoth's term, not mine) but without hearing what it will sound like passive (i don't like active bass sound) before i get it makes it hard to take that leap. i do plan on getting the sans amp bddi soon but will be finishing the bass before that is purchased ultimately i want a bass with some tonal options. i like the chris squire growl he gets from his rick (but i don't use a pick) and i am looking fore something that can do a fat bass tone for some of my bands song intros and bridges. something that is a bit modern but that still sounds a killer a little over-driven. sorry for the long post but i am killing my self with this decision and the money is burning a hole in my pocket. i don't want to make the wrong decision because it would be an expensive mistake. will a mm pickup sound too thin in the "ss" without a preamp and give me the options i am looking for? on a side note... if i go with the mm in the "ss" will a mm pickguard work with a little alteration or would i have to have a custom guard made?