ToneShaper Wiring Kit, Telecaster, SS10 (4-Way TS w/ TCB)
ToneShaper Wiring Kit, Telecaster, SS10 (4-Way TS w/ TCB) Professional Documentation Included Professional Documentation Included

ToneShaper Wiring Kit, Telecaster, SS10 (4-Way TS w/ TCB)

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Tone Control Bypass (TCB)
This scheme uses our nifty pushbutton switch to let you bypass the tone control altogether. A good suggestion from a customer, this option provides the same benefit as Fender’s no-load tone pot, though that wasn’t really the idea behind it. In our opinion it’s a more elegant solution than a no-load pot, plus it adds a couple of benefits that a no-load pot doesn’t.

We think of this control as a tone preset control. Rolling back your tone control to warm up the guitar may be just the ticket for rhythm work where you need to lay back in the mix a little, especially when using the bridge pickup. But when it’s solo time, you want it to cut. This control is perfect for that. Pre-set your tone control, and when it’s time to cut, simply push the little pushbutton switch. Voilà, full treble! Push the button again, and you’re back at your preset tone. So once you get the tone control adjusted right where you like it, you don’t have to change this setting in order to go to full treble. Just push the button to toggle between your settings.

Also, when the tone control is bypassed, it functions like a no-load pot. A traditional tone pot “loads” the circuit when it’s fully clockwise, because even though the attached capacitor is taken out of play (and therefore no treble frequencies are being removed), the pot is in fact a resistor, and remains visible to the circuit. Whether or not this is a problem depends on your perception: certainly none of the ‘50s and ’60s Teles that many players revere had no-load tone pots (which came about in the 1990s); but there is a tonal consequence of leaving the pot visible to the circuit, therefore many players like the idea of a no-load tone pot. Our implementation does this, by making the pot itself invisible to the circuit when it’s bypassed.

4-Way Wiring
Almost all Teles allow for the neck & bridge pickups to be combined in the middle switch position, and when this is selected, the two pickups are wired together in parallel. This is part of the reason Teles sound the way they do in that middle position, but the two pickups can also be wired in series, and this yields a different tonality, being somewhat warmer and having more output than parallel wiring provides.

Installing a 4-way switch provides this series combination in addition to the standard three switch positions, so it adds tonal flexibility without additional complexity, which is a pretty neat trick. Fender wires 4-way switches differently than we do, which affects where the series position is located:

Position 4: neck + bridge (series)
Position 3: neck
Position 2: neck + bridge (parallel)
Position 1: bridge

Position 4: neck
Position 3: neck + bridge (series)
Position 2: neck + bridge (parallel)
Position 1: bridge

Our rationale for wiring per the bottom example is that the two anchor switch positions - all the way forward and all the way back - remain stock, and the combination positions are in the middle. We think this will be more familiar to most Tele players, but in any case, we offer both kits - SS9 (Fender) and SS10 (ToneShaper), and they're identical except for the documentation included with each kit.

This kit
includes everything you need to wire your Telecaster with 4-way wiring using ToneShaper's convention (refer to the images above for a switching diagram). Our kit includes the finest components, from the same suppliers that the large U.S. guitar companies have used for decades:

• (1) Capacitor, .047µF Orange Drop
• (1) Jack, Switchcraft 1/4" Mono, Long Bushing
• (1) Pot, CTS 250k Audio, Low Torque (1/4" Bushing Length)
• (1) Screw for Shielding Ground Lug
• (1) Shielding Ground Lug
• (1) Switch, 4-Way, Oak-Grigsby
• (1) ToneShaper Pushbutton Switch, Solid-Shaft, 250k (Short)
• (1) Treble Bleed Kit for Single-Coils
• (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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Guitar Type Telecaster
Pickup Configuration (SS) SGL|SGL
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