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Specifications

ToneStylers® utilize premium-quality musical instrument rotary switches custom-made made by Grayhill® USA. Our switches are mil-spec, sealed, moistureproof, shockproof, EMI/RFI shielded, and feature gold-plated terminals & shorting contacts for the lowest resistance & most quiet switching possible. Average life expectancy exceeds 100,000 operation cycles. Now available in: short or mid-length shaft versions to accommodate all mounting surface thicknesses; right-handed or left-handed operation; solid-tip or splined-tip actuators to accommodate set-screw or push-on knobs; three discrete contour ranges: BASS, GUITAR & CUSTOM.

We use C0G Class A miniature ceramic capacitors of mil-spec quality, which are non-microphonic, sealed, and shockproof. These premium-grade ceramic capacitors are the best performing and most stable type of miniature audio capacitor, and offer the smoothest & most desirable audio filtering qualities, making them the perfect choice for guitar tone control use. Used commercially in virtually all guitars and basses since 1959, ceramic capacitors replaced the oversized high-voltage paper & foil types used in radios, televisions and amplifiers, such as "Bumble Bee" and "Black Beauty" caps.

See our EQ Response Charts to view the equalization curves of the ToneStyler, compared to those of a standard tone pot.

2014 ToneStylers, common & optional features:

  • Hand-wired and manufactured in the USA by Stellartone
  • 100% pure analog high-impedance passive tone circuitry, with zero noise, distortion, compression or clipping
  • Heavy-duty sealed mil-spec rotary switches with gold contacts and terminals, made in the USA by Grayhill, Inc.
  • The traditional and popular "notched rotation" mechanical design, with SIX, TEN or ELEVEN SWITCH POSITIONS
  • Left-handed rotation available in the ELEVEN-position ToneStyler series
  • 30° rotary switch detent spacing matches standard 30° numeral spacing... as used on Gibson USA push-on top hat and speed knobs
  • The new FLAT BYPASS circuit, located at full-clockwise knob rotation, precisely duplicates the loading and tonality of a standard tone pot when also set wide open, "on 10". Based upon the ToneStyler model, this "virtual tone pot" circuit is voiced to match either a 250KΩ or a 500KΩ tone pot when fitted with one of the following tone pot capacitors: .047μF, .022μF, .010μF or .003μF
  • A TRUE BYPASS (no-load) bright circuit is added to the ELEVEN-POSITION models, in switch position #10
  • Solid-cast metalized polymer modules are now color-coded by EQ range: BLUE for BASS, GREEN for GUITAR, and BLACK for CUSTOM.
  • Molded-in color-coded low-capacitance shielded cables by Mogami
  • Designed for easy, drop-in replacement of any standard tone pot with a 3/8" diameter USA bushing; no modifications or routing required
  • Complete with mounting hardware and instructions
  • Not compatible with low-impedance, Piezo, or active (battery-powered) pickups

    DIMENSIONS

  • Mounting bushing diameter: 3/8"-32 [U.S.A. standard diameter - mounts through 3/8" diameter hole]
  • Mounting bushing lengths: 0.3" (~5/16") short length on solid-tip controls, or 1/2" mid-length on splined-tip controls
  • Splined-tip actuator: Stellartone's proprietary "solid-splined" plated bronze alloy tip omits the traditional "split-shaft" slot; 0.235" dia. x 0.375" tall 24-fine-spline U.S.A. tip for U.S.A. push-on knobs and 6mm metric set-screw knobs; for 1/4" U.S.A. set-screw knobs, add the supplied 1/4" brass sleeve; does NOT FIT 18-spline coarse push-on metric knobs, i.e. Epiphone
  • Solid-tip actuator: 1/4" dia. x 0.375" tall smooth round plated bronze alloy shaft with a "D flat", exclusively for 1/4" U.S.A. set-screw knobs; does NOT FIT any push-on knobs, or any 6mm metric hole set-screw knobs, i.e. Gretsch Electromatic
  • New compact cylindrical shape has the same 15/16" diameter (24mm) as a standard full-sized CTS potentiometer
  • Low-profile polymer module requires only 0.9" depth (23mm) inside the instrument's control compartment (typically 1" to 1.6" deep... check your clearance before installation)

    EQUALIZATION CURVE DATA

  • Nominal Roll-off Shoulder Contour: -5 dB over 4 Octaves
  • Nominal Roll-off Slope Contour: -7 dB per Octave


    MAXIMUM CAPACITANCE VALUES and ROLL-OFF FREQUENCY STEP SPACING

     ToneStyler
    Model 
     Micro-Farads   Pico-Farads   Cap Code   # of Steps   Average EQ
     Step Change 
     CUSTOM SIX 
     
     .01µF   10,000pF   #103   6   54% octave 
     CUSTOM TEN 
     & ELEVEN 
     .01µF   10,000pF   #103   10   32% octave 
     GUITAR SIX 
     
     .022µF   22,000pF   #223   6   39% octave 
     GUITAR TEN
     & ELEVEN 
     .022µF   22,000pF   #223   10   35% octave 
     BASS SIX 
     
     .047µF   47,000pF   #473   6   59% octave 
     BASS TEN
     & ELEVEN 
     .1µF   100,000pF   #104   10   43% octave 







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