alright, a follow up to this -
awhile back i took the preamp out of the ibanez btb and wired the pups straight to the output jack. the pups are passive with an active pre, so everything except the pups and locking jack came out.
the sound? it was alright. better than with the preamp IMO, but it was very weak output wise, and was a little thin as well. useable after some tweaking on my amp, but after awhile i started to not really like it. since i had wired the pups straight to the jack i had no control over volume/blend or a normal passive tone control.
Fast forward a few months. i got tired of seeing it sit on the wall not really being used, and as comfortable as it is to play thats a shame. so i bought some 500k pots and a .047 cap, as well as a new jack and a small switch. i was going to wire it up V/V/T/kill switch/output jack and put it on in the front, to take up all 5 spots where the old preamp was. i had to make the holes for the pots a little bigger with some sand paper as i used full size 500k ones. i tried to put the switch and new output jack in there but they were not long enough to stick out of the front, so i had to reuse the locking jack again and leave the two bottom holes in the control area with nothing in them. so the actual wiring ended up being a standard VVT setup.
the sound? MUCH better. neck on full and bridge just a hair down from full and you get all the bite and bottom with a clean articulation. tone control acts as it should and removes highs and gives it good thumpy lows. the output has been brought up to an exceptable level. still with both pups full on i dont really care for the sound, a little too much bridge pup, but with the bridge rolled down a bit and the tone rolled back just slightly, this thing really comes to life. it acts and sounds much more familiar than when it had the preamp and before the new electronics. oh, and dead quite.
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