I'm hoping to fill this bass in from the ground up for about $300 - $500 including hardware. What pickups and possibly preamp should I drop in? Its going to be a player but I'm not opposed to a semi original setup. For the neck My dream would be one of the sudo Darkstar pickups custom jobs that I've seen around here. But I dont want to wait a year. Are there good alternatives? For the bridge there are a few options: Leave it as is Clean up that hack job and drop in: A musicman style humbucker A piece of wood Some kind of custom foam muting The original gibson style bridge pup I also love active basses for gigs. If I can rig up a preamp would an Aguilar sound good? For sound I need a strong clear scoop. I love vintage warm lows and clean glassy highs.