I know what you all are going to say, but I wanted to try this, as I've felt the preamp just compresses and sterilizes the tone in my beloved Stingray 5. I pulled out the preamp and wired the pickup directly to a new jack in parallel to test it. The mids opened up, all the beef and guts were still there, and I had a bigger dynamic range and more warmth, as I expected. The problem...that 3rd dummy coil. I guess it is integrated with the rear coil, so it seems you need the intricate switching of the preamp switch to defeat it in series or parallel mode. I've searched everywhere but there is nothing I could find to wire up this pickup without hum passively. A volume/tone setup is all I want. Does anyone know how to do this? That pickup sounds so good on its own. Or, could it be that it is wired up straight to a jack, and not grounded on pots? The bridge ground is connected, but makes no difference. I'm thinking the phantom coil is in play even though it doesn't have its own wires... Any help would be appreciated.