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Option B: ToneStyler DUO SIX to replace tone pot or tone switch

 

Option B: ToneStyler DUO SIX to replace tone pot or tone switch   Stellartone Gretsch Wiring Diagram B - 3.3 MB
For ALL Gretsch guitar models with more than one volume knob (tone pot, tone switch, standby switch)

Page one shows a composite of four original Gretsch control plans & wiring diagrams: tone pot, tone switch, and standby switch layouts (dual pickup volumes plus master volume), plus the 1959 Chet Atkins "Nashville" layout, which deletes the neck pickup's volume knob. Just disregard any controls shown that are not installed in your Gretsch model.

Page two shows the original single-deck "master" tone pot replaced with a Stellartone ToneStyler DUO SIX. Open the hi-res 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. For a clear close-up view of all wiring details, zoom in to the 100% - 400% image size range.

In addition to replacing the guitar’s basic "post-volume" tone pot with a "pre-volume" Stellartone ToneStyler DUO SIX, this modification also corrects the original “Gretsch Mud Tone” design flaw, caused by the “master” tone pot being improperly-connected to the outputs of several volume pots in the wiring harness.

When all volumes are set to maximum, the original tone pot’s performance is normal.

However, when volumes are reduced, the original tone pot is “decoupled” from the pickups via series resistance, but remains connected to the amplifier input at a zero-ohm connection. This causes the tone pot to shift its function from controlling the pickups, to “remote-controlling” the amplifier.

"Remote-mounted amplifier tone controls" work poorly, situated at the end of a 20’ shielded cable! This signal flow error causes comb-filtering and phase cancellation.

At last... after installing the ToneStyler DUO SIX, volume reductions have zero adverse effect upon the pre-set tone of either pickup... at any volume, blend, or selector switch settings! No more "mud tone".

As a bonus, two contrasting tone adjustment ranges are now provided for each pickup. The neck PUP has a wider & darker range, while the bridge PUP has a narrower & brighter range.

Because the ToneStyler DUO SIX re-uses the original Gretsch arrow knob, the guitar's appearance and operations are unchanged.




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