I saw on Fodera's website a bass with no circuitry: just the pickup straight to to output jack. This seems like a stroke of brilliance! I know from my hi-fi days that the fewest number of devices in the signal path, the more the sound seems like real music. I am building a P bass style guitar with just one split humbucker. I doubt if I'll ever roll off any highs with a tone control on the guitar. The volume (and tone) I can set on the amp. I never turn down the volume knobs on my J bass to achieve attenuation of the volume. I just dial them to get the mixture of tone I want. The bass I am building is going to be rear-routed for the control cavity. I figure I can try it "straight" and add a tone or volume or both if I think I need it. Anybody else ever tried a similar setup?