I have a passive PJ with a VV (no tone) configuration. I never mess with the pots. Now my understanding is that wiring the pups straight to the jack would change the tone of the bass making it sound brighter. I hear a lot of top artists have their pots hard soldered in position 10 (all the way up). Have you guys experience with that? No more checking the knobs. Just stomp the tuner to mute. Sounds great to me.