I don't give a damn 'bout the appearance, really. As long as it sounds good I'm up for it.
The series/parallel switch sounds like a good idea. How does a J-bass wired in series sound compared to a standard parallel one? Oh, and the producer switch is definitely a good idea
Also, I'm kinda trying to find my own sound. I play in a power trio (playing proggy stoner rock, even though I'm no stoner) so there's lotsa room for me to experiment with my sound. Any unusual things I could try out without spending a lot?