Untill I can scrap up enough money to buy my new bass I've been entertaining the thought of replacing the pickups in my current bass to tide me over and give me a better sound. But that's my question. I am currently playing a $400-$450 mid 90's model Alvarez. It looks similar to an ibanez soundgear model. It has a p and a j style pickup configuration. My question is: If I were to order some replacement p & j pickups would there be a significant difference in sound or would it sound the same? Also what brand of pickups should I buy and what kinda price range are we talking here? I've heard of basslines and emg's, etc, etc,....but which ones sound the best for the money?