Just gotta MTD Heir 4 and it's already time to start tinkering. Pickups: This time I'm stuck on what to do. I've been a long time fan of EMG's and Barts. Usually in PJ or JJ setups. This is my first MM style pickup....I do like the "dark" sound of Barts and am not looking for the EMG sound. Seems that Nordstrands are the flavor or the week now... What might go well? Preamp (the first of my upgrades): I've had Bart pre's in many of my basses...currently have one in a Guild Pilot Advanced and one in my Peavey TL-6 Hot Rod. I've had an Aggie OBP-1 in a Pilot, but it just sounded LOUD! Not looking for the EMG BTS thing. It seems that Aggies are the the choice for many...What might go well. If this helps...my style is a lot of thumb work...and many blues scale bassed lines.