Great idea, might as well gut that nasty amp out and put something decent in its stead.
Gooorn now anyway.
I finished up linking out the H/P earth path and sent it back with the message that I could fit an new socket but that would cost "something". Stoney so far!
On the brighter front. just paid 99.99 for a very clean Squier Tele. Son loves the sound and playabilty over his Mex Strat.