The goal here is to simplify my gig-rig, eliminating all pedals and extra guitars - showing up to a gig with guitar and amp. This simple set up is how I play at home and I have noticed much more attention is given to my technique, resulting in a better quality playing and tone. My Strat is always my go to ax. To achieve the simplicity, yet versatility needed to get through diverse set lists, I researched different mods/preamps to give my Strat the extra balls to crank through some heavier rock songs where I'd usually use a guitar equipped with a humbucker. I settled on the Eric Clapton mid boost circuit. I have installed a set of David Allen pickups in my Strat, which I absolutely love and do not wish to alter their tone in anyway. I understand by adding the ECMB to the circuit it is always engaged, therefore always influencing the pickups natural tone. To control its interaction in the circuit I would install a DPDT switch to toggle it on or off. I know this invites the unwanted *pop* when engaging but I will not be toggling it mid song - it's more of a setting I would adjust in between songs to change the voice of the guitar. I have read on other forums where people have installed this switch and realized the stock LACE pickups are weak and do not sound good with out the influence of the preamp. All the audio examples I could find were people playing EC sig Strats, obviously with the pickups and mid boost that were designed to be married. Without having an example to compare to I developed a concern: I already enjoy the voicing of the pickups as they are, which is why I would install the DPDT. If I engage the ECMB while the master volume is at 10 and slowly turn up the mid boost, will it be a fluid volume change, like 10, 11, 12, 13(with increasing mids)? Or will it be more like starting on 15 when it is switched on (sudden volume spike) and then thicken up so much it becomes unusable because I am using it with pickups that it was not specifically designed to be used with? I do appreciate everyone's input!