So I bought a couple of Douglas 6 strings a while back. Very good quality, necks are nice and fast, good fret work on the fretted and the fretless plays awesome, no dead spots. The pickups never sounded exactly right to me though, almost hollow sounding. Well I took a chance and bypassed the active EQ section on both of them and all I can say is Wow! The tone is so much better, fuller, louder, and brighter. The only controls used on them now is the pickup bias knob. no volume bass or treble, just pickups to selector pot to jack. I use my outboard pre amp for setting tone. What a difference wow!