You’ve heard of Peter Green? After replacing Eric Clapton in John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, he formed the seminal blues band Fleetwood Mac (this was in 1967: pre- Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham). Green owned a 1959 sunburst Les Paul that had one of the pickups out of phase with the other. The out-of-phase pickups lent the guitar a distinctive tone in the middle switch position.
This is easy to achieve with any dual-humbucker guitar. You can reverse the phase of a pickup by reversing its hot/ground connections, or by reversing its magnets (but not by unscrewing the pickup from the guitar and rotating it 180˚ - that does not change its phase). The pickup in Green’s guitar was reversed by having its magnet flipped, and this may have been inadvertent, or it may have come that way from the factory as a mistake.
Reversing the phase of a pickup doesn't change its tone when used singly, but it does change the tone when it’s combined with another pickup. And now Tone Shapers brings this tonal anomaly to your Tele, but in an expanded way so that you can have the two pickups combined in-phase in the normal way, or out-of-phase for that Green tone (again, this only affects the middle switch position, where the two pickups are combined).
We use our ToneShaper pushbutton switch to toggle between the two modes. This low-profile switch is unobtrusive, but right where you need it for quick changes in the heat of battle. The switch is mounted to the tone pot with a nifty circuit board, which incorporates three capacitors that may be selected in various combinations, allowing you to tailor the tone control's treble roll-off to your liking. Very cool, and all passive - no batteries.
includes everything you need to wire a dual-humbucker Telecaster in this way. The kit includes the finest components, from the same suppliers that the large U.S. guitar companies have used for decades:
• (1) Capacitor, .022µF Orange Drop
• (1) Jack, Switchcraft 1/4" Mono, Long Bushing
• (1) Pot, CTS 500k Audio, Low Torque (1/4" Bushing Length)
• (1) Screw for Shielding Ground Lug
• (1) Shielding Ground Lug
• (1) Switch, 3-Way, CRL
• (1) ToneShaper Pushbutton Switch, Solid-Shaft, 500k (Short)
• (1) Treble Bleed Kit for Humbuckers
• (2) Wire, 22 AWG Stranded Silver-Plated Copper, Black PTFE
• (2) Wire, 22 AWG Stranded Silver-Plated Copper, White PTFE
• (1) Professional, Fully-Illustrated Wiring Diagram
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