I mistakenly posted this in the basses forum, so now that I've realized my error, I'm trying it here. Thanks for any info: Rewiring pickups questions I have a Bass Collection fretted 5 string that gets too much hum and buzz, particularly if I turn up the treble as one would expect. This bass is active and I believe that it is an active preamp with regular p.u.s - is there a way I can tell easily (I bought it used)? What I was thinking of trying is to take the 2 p.u.s (P & J) and wire them directly to an input jack. This should give me no volume, tone or blend control - would I be correct in assuming that the blend would be approximately 50% give or take a few percentage points based on the output of each p.u.? Would I basically have the bass and treble on full without the tone cotrol pots bypassed? Using such a setup, I should get a lot less hum and buzz, shouldn't I? Also, I would presume that the output would be considerably lower since the preamp would be disengaged - correct? To do this I was thinking about adding a switch that would enable me to either go straight to the p.u.s or to use the preamp and my guess is that even with the switch and the preamp there, that I'd get virtually no hum or buzz when I'm in straight wire mode - or would there presence and connection by the switch still bring in the buzz?