After hearing lots of great things about Bill Lawrence's WILDE brand bass pickups built at his family operated facility in Corona, CA I got a got a matched P/J set and want to install them. The destination is an old Ibanez TRB70. (Love the neck on this thing but the pickups lack any real character, especially the bridge J pickup.) I want to get this install as right as possible the first time and I have some questions about it. I emailed Bill Lawrence's company about a month ago asking for this same advice and if they answered I never received their reply. In fairness the Bill Lawrence response might have been spam filtered out, so I'm not going to say they didn't answer. Then again my questions could be so idiotic they are still laughing. If anyone can offer up sure answers based on first hand experience with the Wilde P/J set I'd like to hear your responses. My experience in wiring basses is limited to single pickup P-basses which I've done numerous times with both first and second generation models. This is my first P/J project so I'm taking my time to get it right. In as much as both the J45 and P46 pickups have three leads from each pickup instead of the traditional two leads any experiences with a diagram other than the one included with the Bill Lawrence WILDE P/J pickup set is out as a reference and I suspect any experience anyone has installing any other P/J set other than a three lead Bill Lawrence WILDE brand P/J set is of no benefit either. So unless you have these or have installed them then you probably aren't qualified to answer. All that being said, here we go: 1. The diagram shows the pots from top to bottom as "BLEND," "MV" and "M.TONE." As long as the wiring remains the same as in the drawing, could I reorder the pot placement so that the order would be "MV," "BLEND" and "M.TONE" without messing it up? It looks like all that would change would be the order of the pots in the ground circuit. I think it probably would be ok but if anyone has any experience with this I'd appreciate some feedback. 2. The drawing shows the ground wire running across the back of the pots and across some of the terminal lugs. Could I not just bend the lugs up and solder them to the metal pot casing like I do on a single pickup P-bass setup? Are there any disadvantages to doing that? 3. This schematic requires two caps. The 0.05 mf is specified on the "M.Tone" pot but on the "Blend" pot Mr. Lawrence suggests trying different caps from 0.02 to 0.1 mf. That is quite a range I'd be interested to know what caps you wound up using in the blend pot position and how it behaves. I need to get a good solid Jamerson/Dunn P-bass tone and I'd like to have a funky Bootsy tone too. (I'm leaning toward 0.022 unless someone has a solid recommendation to the contrary.) 4. Does the blend pot in the BL schematic work as a REAL blend pot? Meaning when fully rotated in one direction or the other only one pickup is in the mix? I've never seen a blend pot with only 3 lugs before. This is definitely foreign territory for me. 5. There is no bridge ground wire on this drawing. Should I not solder the ground wire from the bridge to the ground circuit (probably on back of the tone pot) or is that somehow not necessary with these pickups and this schematic? 6. I've read a few posts saying basses with these Bill Lawrence WILDE brand pickups are more susceptible to RF noise and that extra shielding is recommended. Is that also your experience with this set? I need to know so I can order shielding material before doing the job. This bass has a large pickup cavity so I'll need lots of copper sheeting. It would be easiest to just line the whole cavity I guess just to be safe after stripping everything out. Ibanez has the cavity cover pretty well shielded already. 7. I think I'm going with the SERIES setup option. I want optimum pickup signal with minimal noise, is SERIES the right choice for that? ALSO if anyone has any alternate suggestions such as a definite way to put in a Series/Parallel toggle switch and how that should be wired I'd love to see a diagram for it. Since there are six wires involved I'm pretty sure a normal arrangement like a Fender S-1 circuit won't work. I like the idea of Master Volume, Blend and Master Tone a lot instead of the VOL/VOL/TONE arrangement that is standard on this bass. BUT I really want to get it 1000% right. Thanks in advance for any help.