I hear people say that it opens the pups up. For a long time I used the tone knobs when using my bridge pups on my tele and strat. But lately I haven't and I feel like it actually sounds better that way. Don't know what changed with me but I like it. My strat, well it's a Fender Starcaster that is a chinse strat. It's got kind of a nice sound. But I don't like 2 and 4 on a strat, so I got rid of the neck pup and moved the middle to the neck position so I can get neck / bridge together. I like it. I like them probably even more by themselves. Neck or Bridge. I have wanted to wire a strat this way (the idea I'm proposing below) for a long time but am still learning how to solder well and I need to get the right kind of solder gun. There are times when I strum liberally and the switch, when in the forward position can get hit. Right now I only use position 3,4 and 5 so it's not really a thing. BUT, what I'd like to try is delete the switch and just make it a blender with 2 volume knobs. No tone and then put the two volume knobs in the lower position cuz I do sometimes hit the top volume knob on a strummy song. Super simple. I kind of like how these pickups sound. But at the same time I keep thinking I want to try alnico pups. But who knows. I may like them even more if the sound does change if I got rid of the tone knob. Just curious if any of you have gone from a tone knob to deleting it on a pup and what you thought about the result. Does it open it up and sound fuller? Or better? Or no? Thanks guys.