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Custom Wiring Diagrams

3-14-2012: Stellartone is currently in the process of updating and replacing our original black & white wiring diagram library with new and improved color PDFs.

The black & white diagrams will be archived, and will remain available for download in two complete PDF booklets, linked at the bottom of this page.

Click the individual descriptions below to download each printer-friendly Adobe PDF wiring diagram; these one-page diagrams are compatible with all ToneStylers.

Please note that the original B&W diagrams were drawn specifically for the model 362, 363 and 407 ToneStylers & Bari-ToneStylers, which have a GREEN ground wire. The model 463, 500 and 800 series ToneStylers have a shielded cable with a CLEAR ground wire.

No matter what color the wire may be, your ToneStyler's ground should be connected as shown in all diagrams. So, if you are using an original 300 series black & white diagram when installing a new 500 or 800 series ToneStyler, just connect your CLEAR ToneStyler ground wire where the GREEN ground wire is indicated.

Please click here for detailed information on wire color-coding and the proper grounding of your guitar. This information is not included on the wiring diagrams.

Basic Instructions:

  Basic Instructions - 176KB



CTS Tandem Volume-Tone Control:

  CTS Tandem Volume-Tone Control, general purpose wiring diagram - 388KB



Two pickup bass guitars with three knobs (Fender J-Bass® / Fender PJ-Bass® styles):

  Dual pickup volumes, one master ToneStyler BASS (J-Bass style) - 864KB
This is the simplest plan, which retains the original "dual volume knobs" and replaces only the master tone pot. Optimum tonal performance requires that one of the dual volumes is set on maximum; reduced ToneStyler effectiveness will result if both pickups are set to reduced volumes. Plan 2.2 (below) is a much better choice.

  2.2 / 2.3 Master volume, blend, master ToneStyler BASS (J-Bass style) - 279KB
These two custom plans feature the modern "master volume + blend" knob combination, which provides superior tonal performance and flexibility at all volumes, and improved ease of use when compared to the original "dual volume knob" Fender J-Bass control plan. The blend pot solos the neck pickup on full clockwise rotation, and solos the bridge pickup on full counter-clockwise rotation. Both pickups are combined at 100% volume with zero signal loss in the center detent position. Importantly, this plan corrects the original "post-volume" tone pot problem... a design error which adversely affects EQ and clarity when both volumes are reduced and a strong tone setting is applied. Now, all three knobs may be freely set to any combination of positions, without any interaction or loss of tonal quality.

Page 1 shows the 2.2 wiring when using a Bourns or CGE "A-C" type blend pot;
Page 2 shows the 2.3 wiring when using an Aguilar or Noble "C-A" type blend pot.

  2.4 Dual concentric master volume / master tone, blend (A-C), and master ToneStyler (J-Bass style) - 440KB
NEW! The modern "master volume + blend" knob combination provides superior tonal performance and flexibility at all volumes, and improved ease of use when compared to the original "dual volume knob" Fender J-Bass control plan. A Bourns or CGE "A-C" type blend pot solos the neck pickup on full clockwise rotation, and solos the bridge pickup on full counter-clockwise rotation. Both pickups are combined at 100% volume with zero signal loss in the center detent position. The dual-concentric control's outer ring knob is a standard master tone control. Importantly, this plan corrects the original "post-volume" tone pot problem... a design error which adversely affects EQ and clarity when both volumes are reduced and a strong tone setting is applied. Now, all four knobs may be freely set to any combination of positions, without any interaction or loss of tonal quality.

  2.5 Dual concentric master volume / master tone, blend (C-A), and master ToneStyler (J-Bass style) - 436KB Same as 2.4 above, except wired for an Aguilar or Noble "C-A" type blend pot, which reverses the neck & bridge pickup connections.

  2.6 Dual concentric master volume / master tone depth, blend (A-C), and master ToneStyler (J-Bass style) - 440KB
NEW! The modern "master volume + blend" knob combination provides superior tonal performance and flexibility at all volumes, and improved ease of use when compared to the original "dual volume knob" Fender J-Bass control plan. A Bourns or CGE "A-C" type blend pot solos the neck pickup on full clockwise rotation, and solos the bridge pickup on full counter-clockwise rotation. Both pickups are combined at 100% volume with zero signal loss in the center detent position. The dual-concentric control's outer ring knob adjusts the EQ strength of all 15 ToneStyler contour steps, creating a "mega tone pot" with 15 different tone capacitors and rolloff frequencies. Importantly, this plan corrects the original "post-volume" tone pot problem... a design error which adversely affects EQ and clarity when both volumes are reduced and a strong tone setting is applied. Now, all four knobs may be freely set to any combination of positions, without any interaction or loss of tonal quality.

  2.7 Dual concentric master volume / master tone, blend (C-A), and master ToneStyler (J-Bass style) - 436KB Same as 2.6 above, except wired for an Aguilar or Noble "C-A" type blend pot, which reverses the neck & bridge pickup connections.



One pickup guitars with two knobs (Les Paul Junior® / Fender Esquire® styles):

  One volume, one ToneStyler (LP Jr style) - 120KB

  One volume, one ToneStyler (Esquire style) - 140KB



Two pickup guitars with two knobs (Tele® / PRS® style):

  Master volume, master ToneStyler (2 knob guitars) - 148KB

  Master volume, master ToneStyler (Tele style) - 128KB



Two pickup guitars with three knobs (Yamaha® style):

  Master volume, master tone depth, master ToneStyler (3 knob guitars) - 148KB

  Dual volumes, one switchable ToneStyler (3 knob guitars) - 172KB

  Master volume, dual ToneStylers (3 knob guitars) - 152KB



Three pickup guitars (Strat® style):

  Master volume, master tone depth, master ToneStyler (Strat style) - 168KB

  Master volume, neck tone pot, middle/bridge ToneStyler (Strat style) - 168KB

  Master volume, master ToneStyler, one aux (Strat style) - 168KB

  Master volume, dual ToneStylers (Strat style) - 164KB

  Master Volume, master tone pot, master ToneStyler (Strat style) - 160KB

  Master Volume, dual-tone pot, master ToneStyler (Strat style) - 160KB



Two pickup guitars with four knobs (Gibson® style):

  Dual volumes, one neck tone pot, one bridge ToneStyler (4 knob guitars) - 168KB

  Dual volumes, switchable tone pot, switchable ToneStyler (4 knob guitars) - 180KB

  Master vol, master tone depth, master ToneStyler, one aux (4 knob guitars) - 168KB

  Dual volumes, dual ToneStylers (4 knob guitars) - 164KB

  Dual volumes, one switchable ToneStyler plus tone depth (4 knob guitars) - 192KB

  Dual push-pull volumes (single coil & phase switches), one push-pull tone pot, one ToneStyler (4 knob guitars) - 200KB



Guitars with master volume PLUS sub-volume knobs (Gretsch® style):

  Gretsch diagrams, modified for swapping the stock Gretsch tone pot or tone switch with a ToneStyler - 985KB

  Master vol, bridge sub-vol, switchable ToneStyler (Master+Sub volume guitars) - 168KB The Gibson-style bridge pickup sub-loudness pot is wired in the alternate "volume pot" style, where setting the knob to zero volume mutes the entire guitar in the center toggle position.

  Master vol, dual sub-vols, switchable ToneStyler. (Master+Sub volume guitars) - 180KB The pair of Gretsch-style pickup sub-loudness pots are wired in the traditional "fader pot" style, where one knob set to zero volume does NOT mute the entire guitar.

  Master vol, dual sub-vols, switchable ToneStyler. (Master+Sub volume guitars) - 180KB The pair of Gibson-style pickup sub-loudness pots are wired in the alternate "volume pot" style, where one knob set to zero volume mutes the entire guitar.



Miscellaneous control mods:

  Strat blender pot: this is the best Strat blender diagram we have found - 200KB

  Adding bypass resistors & treble bleed caps to pots - 172KB

  Push-Pull Volume pot: swaps ToneStyler between bridge & neck PUs - 180KB

  Push-Pull Tone Pot: swaps neck PU's tone pot & bridge PU's ToneStyler - 172KB

  Moving a push-pull coil tap on your tone pot to your volume pot (PRS style) - 176KB



Complete Wiring Diagram sets:

Attention: these are LARGE files, and will download very slowly when using a low-speed internet connection.


PDF -   300_SERIES_TONESTYLER_INSTALLATION_BOOK.PDFSpacer(5891KB)
Complete Installation Book for 300 Series ToneStylers
(STANDARD and BARI-TONESTYLER, with RED & GREEN unshielded wires)

PDF -   500_SERIES_TONESTYLER_INSTALLATION_BOOK.PDFSpacer(5538.9KB)
Complete Installation Book for 400/500 Series ToneStylers
(STANDARD, JAZZ & BASS, with RED & CLEAR shielded wires)

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