I put an active preamp in my fretless Ric and put in a 3PDT switch to bypass the preamp and go passively to a stereo jack, pretty much identical to the stock Ric-O-Sound feature but without any controls in the way. So I have been able to gauge how my pickups sound without these bumps in the signal chain and I'm pretty happy. Not annoyingly bright like I expected, just more articulate if anything. Occasionally a bit too much output but that's what your amp's controls are for. Oddly enough the preamp and one of the pickups, which is a special variety of Ric pickup off of a 4002, don't get along so the preamp has to go. (It sounds nice with the OTHER pickup but I was shocked that my ears kind of preferred the passive/no controls sound ever so slightly.) But now that I have sampled my "no controls" tone and approved, I am thinking about only restoring the pickup selector switch and otherwise going straight to the jack. I can control output and tone at the amp; perhaps the only thing I'll miss is the tone controls for sucking off lots of highs for some tunes. With this in mind I thought I'd come here and ask, does anyone run a "no controls" bass full time as their main gigging instrument? After all this fretless Ric is that bass for me, the bass that goes to all of my gigs as of the past few years. So if I go down this road I have to be prepared to live with it. Thoughts? Suggestions? Rotten tomatoes...?