Custom Tone Controls

for guitar and bass

BASS TEN       GUITAR TEN       CUSTOM TEN

The ToneStyler B-10 BASS TEN, G-10 GUITAR TEN, and the new mid-range  C-10 CUSTOM 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!

The CUSTOM TEN is a brand-new mid-range variation of our full-range ToneStyler GUITAR TEN. The reduced 8.2nF capacitance range focuses solely on mid-range, presence, and treble harmonics. Voiced to enhance the clean and overdrive tones from classic all-tube amplifiers, the CUSTOM TEN is essential for bridge pickups in both stage and studio applications.

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.  B-10 range: TRUE BYPASS to .100µF;  G-10 range: TRUE BYPASS to .022µF;  C-10 range: TRUE BYPASS to 8.2nF.

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, upgrade with a pair of ToneStylers, for independent EQ control of each pickup.

100% passive analog circuity - no batteries - zero noise!  Includes mounting hardware and 1/2" hex nut driver.  Hand-made in the U.S.A.   MAP  $139

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

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BASS SIX        CUSTOM SIX

The ToneStyler B-6 BASS SIX and C-6 CUSTOM SIX are brand-new six-position variations on our ToneStyler BASS TEN and CUSTOM models.  These unique custom tone controls feature five contrasting capacitance circuits with uniform audio-taper spacing between tones, and the guaranteed quietest switching in this device class!

At full clockwise rotation #6, true bypass is selected.  This circuit may be optionally configured for "virtual tone pot loading" during installation, by adding the resistor and capacitor included in each kit.  1/4" solid-shaft tip fits only 1/4" hole set-screw knobs.  Capacitance ranges: TRUE BYPASS to .047µF  /  5.6nF

Use one ToneStyler SIX in master volume guitars and basses such as the Fender Telecaster & Precision Bass. In four-knob guitars & basses, use one ToneStyler SIX to control one pickup plus the "both" pickups switch positions; you may leave the other pickup's tone pot "as-is"... or upgrade with a second ToneStyler 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.   MAP  $99

PRECISION VOLUME CONTROLS

Introducing Stellartone's V-10-500 and V-10-250 ten-position PRECISION VOLUME CONTROLS!

Using a gold contact mil-spec rotary switch instead of a potentiometer, these unique stepped controls feature nine ±3dB linear-taper loudness circuits, plus no-load mute at maximum anti-clockwise rotation.  This switched design produces significant tonal benefits which are impossible using any potentiometer.

When pots are used to reduce loudness or to blend pickups, the DC resistance of either the input or the output circuit varies from 500kΩ / 250kΩ to ZERO OHMS. This is simply how pots work. Unfortunately, a duller & flatter tone is unavoidably produced by lowering the DC resistance and "loading" the pickup outputs. As an added penalty in four-knob "Gibson-style" guitars: upon full anti-clockwise rotation to silence, a zero ohm "short" is connected in parallel to the other selected pickup... which inconveniently acts to mute the entire guitar.

The solution? By utilizing a rotary switch instead of a potentiometer, there is no variable resistive loading applied in parallel to either the input or the output circuits.  This means the DC resistance, inductance... AND TONE of the pickups... are unaffected by loudness and mixing adjustments! Plus, when turning the knob to ZERO, the device is 100% disconnected from the other pickup via the rotary switch's "no-load" circuit; a silent pickup has absolutely no muting, loading, or tonal effect on the other pickup. All pickup tones remain crystal-clear and rock-solid throughout all loudness and blending adjustments!

The PRECISION VOLUME CONTROL is ideal for both studio and stage applications. The ±3dB attenuation steps allow precise and repeatable pickup blends, lead/rhythm dynamics, and contrasting "dirty vs clean" preamp gain thresholds on demand.

 

Installation is quick and easy:

- In single-pickup guitars & basses: connect the pickup's HOT output wire to the RED input wire and the tone control input, and the CLEAR output wire to the jack.

- In master-volume + tone guitars (Tele & PRS style): connect the pickup selector switch output to the RED input wire and the tone control inputs, and the CLEAR output wire to the jack.

- In master-volume + two tone guitars (Strat style): connect the pickup selector switch output to the RED input wire, and the CLEAR output wire to the jack.

- In dual-volume instruments + one tone knob: connect the pickup's HOT output wire to the RED input wire, and the CLEAR output wire to the output jack (Jazz Bass style) or pickup selector switch input (Gretsch & Flying V style).

- In dual-volume guitars + two tone knobs: connect the pickup's HOT output wire to the RED input wire and the tone control input, and the CLEAR output wire to the pickup selector switch input.

Technical info: Output loading varies from 500kΩ to 1.5 MEG OHMS to OPEN CIRCUIT for the V-10-500, and from 250kΩ to 1.25 MEG OHMS to OPEN CIRCUIT for the V-10-250. Input circuit loading is continuously fixed at 500kΩ / 250kΩ.

 

100% passive analog circuity - no batteries - zero noise!  Includes mounting hardware and 1/2" hex nut driver.  Hand-made in the U.S.A.   MAP  $139

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