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Explorer / Flying V
Three-knob 'Volume-Volume-Tone' Wiring Diagrams


 
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  Option A: Volume-Volume-ToneStyler DUO. Installation instructions and diagram for Gibson Explorer, Flying V, Moderne, & similar 3-knob "volume-volume-tone" guitars - 3.34 MB For guitars with two pickups, 3-way PUP selector switch, and three knobs (Explorer/Flying V style). Retains dual volumes, replaces single tone pot with one ToneStyler DUO SIX.


If you are retaining your original dual volume pots, but are upgrading with a "NON-DUO" single-cable ToneStyler SIX, EIGHT, TEN, ELEVEN or SIXTEEN:
Hard-wire it directly to the bridge PUP output, where it will be essential.

When soloed, the neck PUP will be wide-open (true bypass) with no tone control, but it will be controlled by the ToneStyler in the "both pickups" center toggle position. Due to this limitation, we recommend only the two master volume plans below when installing a single-cable ToneStyler...
      ... do you really need  dual volumes on an Explorer or Flying V?

Important: NEVER solder a ToneStyler (or any tone pot) to the output jack as a "master".... this doesn't work. If you insist upon dual volumes plus only one tone knob... use a ToneStyler DUO SIX, and follow the Option A instructions above.


  Option B: Master Volume-Depth-ToneStyler. Installation instructions and diagram for Gibson Explorer, Flying V, & similar guitars - 221 kB For guitars with two pickups, lever selector switch, and three knobs (Explorer/Flying V style). Converts dual volumes plus master tone to master volume, tone depth, and one ToneStyler SIX OR TEN. The tone depth pot adjusts the EQ intensity of all ToneStyler EQ settings... just like a standard tone pot adjusts one tone capacitor's strength.


  Option C: Master Volume-ToneStyler-ToneStyler. Installation instructions and diagram for Gibson Explorer, Flying V, & similar guitars - 232 kB For guitars with two pickups, lever selector switch, and three knobs (Explorer/Flying V style). Converts dual volumes plus master tone... to master volume plus two ToneStylers [Strat-style].


  Volume-Volume-Tone models / Installation instructions and diagram for three-knob guitars - OPTION E - 1.46MB For guitars with two or three pickups, selector switch, two pickup volumes and one master tone (Explorer-style)

Option E: Master ToneStyler plus Std Tone / "Tone Depth" Push-Pull Pot
Page one shows Fender Strat wiring as a reference; page two shows both tone pots replaced with one master ToneStyler, and one push-pull tone pot. Disregard the wiring of the Strat pickups and Strat selector switch; just use the output wire of your Switchcraft-type selector switch as shown for the Fender pickup switch output wire. Open the PDF in full-page view, and use your mouse wheel or page buttons to "flip" back and forth to compare the easy "before" and "after" wiring.

This latest custom wiring design features a push pull (or push-PUSH) tone pot, which provides two contrasting functions:

Pushed IN, the knob is solely configured as a "Tone Depth Control", which adjusts the intensity and treble content of all of the adjacent ToneStyler's EQ selections. When this tone knob is set to maximum counter-clockwise, all of the ToneStyler filters will be heard at maximum (darkest) strength. As the knob is turned clockwise, the selected ToneStyler circuit will be reduced in resonance, and the high treble harmonics will be slowly mixed back into the output. When the knob reaches maximum clockwise "10" (brightest), all of the ToneStyler EQ circuits will be heard at their mildest strength, while including reduced (rather than removed) high treble. A "Tone Depth Control", connected to a ToneStyler, produces subtle treble & resonance results which are useful for precise recording purposes. For live performance use, ToneStylers are most effective and useful when used at full EQ strength.

Pulled OUT, the tone knob is re-configured as an independent "standard tone pot". The ToneStyler is reconnected solely at maximum EQ strength, in all switch positions. Both controls may be used separately (recommended), or blended together using light to middle knob settings. If either tone knob is set to maximum counter-clockwise darkness, it will totally mask any brighter settings of the other tone knob... blend both controls sparingly.

Choose a 250kΩ push-pull pot to replace your 250kΩ tone pot, or a 500kΩ push-pull to replace your 500kΩ tone pot. Choose the "standard tone pot" capacitor which suits your tonal preferences, such as a #223 (.022µF) for six-string guitars, or a #473 (.047µF) for basses.





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