So I recently took in a Skyline Decade as part of a trade. I really like this bass, but, in my mind, it could do with a few refinements. Normally if I'm not 110% happy with a bass, its out the door. However I really like the tone of the Decade. Its quite unlike most things on the market. So there are three issues I'd want to address. -Single Coil noise. Solo'd the pickups are noisy as hell. Do they shield them at the factory, or would some copper tape fix this? -Output. The pickups are each great and blend together well. However, I would like the option of playing the bass in stereo and sending the neck pickup to another amplifier. Sorta like a Rickenbacker. -Control layout. Personally I never liked VVT and have always preferred Volume, blend, tone. I don't think either control configuration would work for stereo. I sorta want to avoid the cumbersome control figuration of Rickenbackers. Maybe stack knobs and a selector switch? -Other things to consider. I think the black pickguard really darkens up the overall look of the bass. Would someone with photoshop maybe make a mock up with a gold or mint guard? Has anyone put an active preamp into one of these? If so, recommendations, sound clips?