This was a fun project with a wonderful result. I have to hand it to John East for designing this thing so well. It feels so tightly made. The plate is thicker and heavier, which gives it an even more flush fit to the pickguard. The pots have no slop, and that is just awesome in my book. Not only that, installation was a breeze. (This is, of course, in my 2003 Fender Dlx J 5) I wish I could jam out right now, but the neighbors would kill me, so I'll just share this experience with you. First off, I ordered it Saturday from Lowdown Sound in MI. Bob, the sales manager, was a true pleasure to deal with in the entire process. I asked him questions, he answered them FAST. He got the paperwork done fast, I guess, because the unit showed up MONDAY. It was drop shipped from Steve Barr, which is even crazier because he's in AZ, which is not close to Cleveland at all. I wasn't expecting to see it on my doorstep on Monday, so I was blown away. I didn't order next day, but BAM! The fact that I was able to get one in chrome with black knobs was a shock as well. If you guys are reading this, I want to thank you so much for your service. The un-install of the Fender Preamp was easy enough. They use enough wires in the stock install to choke a horse, so I just cut away what was not needed. This gave me the opportunity to jack up the pickups so the foam "spring" would work better and push the PU closer to the strings. I just cut pieces from a cigar box (mahogany) and shimmed up the pickups. The before picture, with the bass in pieces, looked pretty rough. But I have done this a few times to basses much more expensive, so it was fun. When I started putting it all together, it all ran smooth as silk. Removing the battery clip to splice in the stock clips (18v) was no biggie. As always, shrink tubing is a must, so it looks extra clean inside. The pickup wires were a snap, even without having modular connections. They just connect to the posts, then I slid more shrink tube over to keep them separate, no matter what! The hardest part was the jack. It doesn't fit easily through the inner body holes, so I unsoldered it and ran the wires out the back. They were a bit short, but eventually went together with some skills. I could have used the Fender stock jack, but ***? If you got it, flaunt it! Once the wiring was done, it was just a matter of restringing, rescrewing, and a nice polish. I plugged it in, tuned it up and made sure it worked. When I can wail on it, I'll make sure to give my thoughts (day off tomorrow!!!). What I can tell you is it offers, even at low volume, a nice amount of tonal variation. If you are considering this preamp, I would definitely recommend it if you want a smooth install. I have done EMG, Aguilar, Warwick, passive stuff, guitars... this was easier than all of them. The results look clean, there was no "Oops, I need to shave off parts of the bass", it was all plug and play. And not to sound like a commercial, but if you are considering buying one (or anything, really), I highly recommend talking to Bob at Lowdown Sound. He has won me as a customer for all my bass needs (which are WAY above GC, and judging by the lines that Lowdown carries, will suit me nicely).