Custom Tone Controls

for guitar and bass

ToneStyler GUITAR TEN & BASS TEN

The ToneStyler G-10 GUITAR TEN and B-10 BASS TEN are ten-position miniature capacitor array / decade selector switches, for electric guitars & basses with hi-Z passive magnetic pickups.  These unique custom tone controls feature eight contrasting capacitance circuits with uniform audio-taper spacing between tones, and the guaranteed quietest switching in this device class!

At full clockwise rotation #10, true bypass is selected; in the adjacent #9 detent, "virtual tone pot loading" is selected, which exactly duplicates the subtle loading and treble reduction of a standard guitar or bass tone pot when turned to maximum clockwise brightness.  G-10 range: TRUE BYPASS to .022µF;  B-10 range: TRUE BYPASS to .100µF.

For use in guitars or basses with only one master volume control (PRS, Telecaster, Les Paul Jr, P-Bass) connect the shielded cable directly to the volume pot's input terminal. For Strats, connect one ToneStyler as a master, and reconnect the other tone pot also as a master.

In four-knob guitars or basses featuring two pickup volumes and two tone controls (Gibson SG, ES-335, Fender Thinline, RIC 4001), use one ToneStyler for either the bridge or the neck pickup (it will also control 'both pickups'), and leave the other tone knob as-is… or swap the tone pot with a push-pull pot to control both pickups with one ToneStyler. Or, use a pair of ToneStylers for independent EQ control of each pickup.  As an alternative solution, connect one DUO SIX as a master, and reconnect the other tone pot also as a master.

*** NOT FOR the Fender J-Bass, Gibson Thunderbird, Explorer, Flying V, Gretsch, or similar three-knob "Volume-Volume-Tone" instruments (choose the ToneStyler DUO SIX) ***

100% passive analog circuity - no batteries - zero noise!  Includes mounting hardware and 1/2" hex nut driver.  Hand-made in the U.S.A.

See the animated EQ chart below for a comparison of the audio performance of a standard single-capacitor tone pot, vs the multi-capacitor ToneStyler, and check out our product specifications for more information.

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ToneStyler DUO SIX

The ToneStyler D-6 DUO SIX is a six-position multi-range miniature capacitor array / decade selector switch, for all electric guitars and basses with hi-Z passive magnetic pickups.  This unique custom tone control features two cables & two independent tone circuits, operated simultaneously using one standard tone knob… with the guaranteed quietest switching in this device class!

Use one DUO SIX in all three-knob “volume-volume-tone” guitars and basses. The blue cable's .047µF range controls the neck pickup, and the red cable's .022µF range controls the bridge pickup.  The bright tonality of TRUE BYPASS switch position #6 may be optionally-configured for a warmer "virtual tone pot loading", by adding the included parts to your volume pot's terminals.

The dual cables of the DUO SIX allow optimal tonal performance in instruments featuring two individual pickup volume knobs, but room for only one master tone knob… such as Fender’s Jazz Bass, Gibson’s Flying V & Explorer, and most Gretsch guitars. Most importantly, the DUO SIX remedies the original factory design error: the single-deck tone pot only works properly when the volumes are also set to maximum loudness!

Here’s why: when dual pickup volumes are turned down, resistance is inserted between the pickups and the shared “post-volume tone pot”, decoupling the tone circuits from the pickups. The tone knob now affects the capacitance of the cable & amplifier input… not the pickups!  This flaw causes phase cancellation and comb-filtering… an audibly weak and muddy tone!

Prove this defect to yourself: set your "master" J-Bass or Gretsch tone pot to maximum anti-clockwise tone strength, and lower your pickup volumes while you listen... this sounds awful!

The remedy is a “pre-volume” tone control for each or for all pickups… that’s the standard wiring in Les Pauls, SGs, ES-335s, P-Basses, Strats & Teles.   This proper design creates a continuous zero-ohm connection between the tone control and the pickups; all tone settings now remain rock-solid at all control volumes and pickup blends.  No more “mud tone”!

For a four-knob guitar or bass (Rickenbacker, Thinline), connect one DUO SIX as a master, and reconnect the other tone pot also as a master.

DUO SIX may also be installed in a two-knob “volume-tone” bass or guitar, such as Fender’s P-Bass, Telecaster or Esquire.  By connecting one or both cables to the volume pot input, the installer’s choice is easily made between four contrasting audio-taper tone ranges… from sub-bass to midrange:  .069µF  .047µF   .022µF  or  .015µF.  For two contrasting tone ranges, connect one cable directly to each pickup output.

The versatile DUO SIX may be shared and transferred within a variety of guitars and basses with many different control plans, as may be required for recording or live performances.

100% passive analog circuity - no batteries - zero noise!  Includes mounting hardware and 1/2" hex nut driver.  Hand-made in the U.S.A.

See the EQ chart below for a comparison of these four capacitance ranges, and check out our product specifications for more information.

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