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Option A: CTS Dual-Tone Pot


Option A: CTS Dual-Tone Pot
Stellartone Jazz Bass Wiring Diagram A - 2.2 MB
For three-knob volume-volume-tone basses (J-Bass style)

Page one shows the original Fender Jazz Bass wiring; page two shows the original single-deck "master" tone pot replaced with a CTS tandem-deck "Dual-Tone Pot". Open the hi-res PDF in full-page view, and use your mouse wheel or page buttons to "flip" back and forth to compare the easy "before" and "after" wiring. For a clear close-up view of all wiring details, zoom in to the 100% - 400% image size range.

In 1960, Fender's first-generation Jazz Bass featured two stacked dual-concentric knobs, and each pickup was correctly-wired  "pre-volume" to separate tone circuits. But, in 1963, Fender introduced a long-standing signal flow error by replacing the two stacked-knob "pre-volume" tone circuits with one simpler (and less costly) tone pot, improperly-wired "post-volumes".

The resulting sonic flaw is unnoticeable while one or both volumes are set on maximum. However, if both volumes are set below maximum, an adverse interaction occurs: the "post-volume" tone pot now controls the cable and the amp, not the pickups! This creates a dull, muddy tone, and loss of signal strength.

The CTS Dual-Tone Pot economically solves this problem by properly-controlling each pickup "pre-volume", via two separate tone circuits. Dual electrically-independent tone pots are mechanically-stacked in tandem, and operated at the same time using one common actuator shaft & knob. This allows two tone pots in the space of one. Volume adjustments now have zero adverse effect on the pre-set tones. Because the Dual-Tone Pot re-uses the original Fender tone knob, the appearance is unchanged.

Use a pair of .047µF tone caps to maintain the original tone pot's range... finally without any muddiness or signal loss when volumes are reduced! You may also expand the tonal range of your J-Bass by using a lower-frequency .1µF tone cap for the neck pickup, and a higher-frequency .022µF tone cap for the bridge pickup.

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