Ok, about 3 months ago I purchased a used Yamaha rbx 5 string to backup my Musicman 5. Looks nice, good construction, great neck, but average tone and very noisy electronics. After mulling over the idea of replacing the stock preamp I decided to just gut it and wire the pickups straight to the output jack. Wow! The results were incredible! The sound really opened up. It now sounds more natural with strong highs, lows, and mids. I can't put it down! Anybody else tried this?