Alright, the deed is done. I ordered a set of Alembic J-Bass Activators and Signature electronics with 3-way Q switch.
The package from Mica came last Friday and I installed the new PU's on Saturday - worked like a charm, no issues whatsoever - top notch solid product in every way! The knobs that were on the bass did not fit the new pot-stems, so I had to order replacements, which came in on Wednesday.
I spent a few hours with the bass since to explore the new tone territory. I was an interesting ride indeed.
Having my 2 Alembics (Series II and Spyder-8) in mind, I expected the Fano-8 to end up in the same tonal vicinity. Well, I was wrong - naturally. The basic tone of the bass is still very Jazz-Bass-ish for lack of a better expression. When I activate (see what I did there) the filters and Q though, the tonal possibilities become seemingly endless. With separate filters for the 2 PU's I can direct the focus of the tone on the bass or octave string and shape the tone at the same time. It is quite astounding - and I haven't even scratched the surface yet. Little (tiny really) adjustments go a looooong way.
Final verdict ... I am thrilled that I did the conversion. I loved the bass to begin with, but it was a little on the stale side compared to the liveliness of the Alembics. Now I have a bass that retained everything I loved about it, but offers a vast palette of tone to play with.
Sorry to sound like a mindless fan-boy, but I am really excited about how this adventure turned out.
Back to the bass...