I love the Fender J sound, with both pups on full and the tone knob at max. I hate batteries and have no use for a preamp. I like to control everything but volume from the head alone. I see elegance in simplicity. Having found 2 USA Deluxe Fender 5er keepers over the years (a 2014 Dimension and an early 2000s J) I asked my favorite Luthier (Michel Fournel in Montreal) to remove the preamps and hard wire them each with both pups on full and no tone knob. The volume knob on each is pups parallel when down and can be pulled for pups in series. The Dimension needed a new pickguard (faux leopard) and the J Dlxe needed a new control plate, which I had him make out of black plastic. They were both pretty light. Now the black one (Cygnus) is 8.9 lbs and the red one (One Eyed Jack) is 8 lbs even. Cygnus had a 5 position pickup selector and 3-band eq, but the one tone that's the sound in my head is the bridge coil on the neck pup and the neck coil on the bridge pup....I think that's pretty close to 70s J spacing and that's how it's wired. I still have all the original parts and the mods entailed no permanent changes. I loves 'em both! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.