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ToneShaper SW5C 5-Way Switch and Knobs for Telecaster with Bridge Single Coil and Neck Humbucker   

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The ToneShaper SW5C 5-Way Switch and Knobs for Telecaster with Bridge Single Coil and Neck Humbucker replaces your Tele's stock wiring, quickly and e...Click To Read More About This Product

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An amazing, do-it-yourself system that expands your guitar's tone.

The ToneShaper SW5C 5-Way Switch and Knobs for Telecaster with Bridge Single Coil and Neck Humbucker replaces your Tele's stock wiring, quickly and easily, without soldering. It provides increased flexibility that you cannot get with any other product. Cool switching options. Customizable tone controls. Built-in solutions for dealing with treble loss that happens when you turn down. Simple installation, simple operation, top-quality components.

Optimized For Humbucker/Single-Coil Combinations
Note: This unit requires a 3-conductor or 4-conductor humbucker.

Most players who add a humbucker to the bridge of their Tele use the stock 3-way switch (the ToneShaper supports this too, if desired). But ToneShaper think most players would like to be able to split the humbucker. The 5-way switch that's packaged with this unit will give you both humbucker and single-coil tones from your humbucker.

They've also considered the volume pot's value. Mixing humbuckers and single-coils always presents a dilemma: Do you use a 250k volume pot to accommodate the single-coils, or a 500k volume to accommodate the humbucker? The value of the pot has an effect on the tone, and most single-coils are voiced for 250k pots, while most humbuckers are voiced for 500k.

With the ToneShaper, you don't have to compromise. When you order a Tele ToneShaper for hum/single combinations, you get a 500k volume pot to accommodate the humbucker, with a couple of resistors that are brought into the circuit in the other switch positions, lowering the load to 250k. So the full-humbucker setting (position 1) sounds like a humbucker should, and the single-coil and combination positions sound like they should.

Switch Position Active pickups Volume Pot Hum-Canceling
Position 5 Neck Humbucker 500k Yes
Position 4 Neck Single-Coil 250k No
Position 3 Neck Humbucker + Bridge In Parallel 250k No
Position 2 Neck Single-Coil + Bridge In Parallel 250k Yes (assumes compatible pickups)
Position 1 Bridge 250k No

The ToneShaper unit is available in two basic configurations: conventional controls and reversed controls. Conventional controls are what you're used to seeing on your Tele, while reversed controls put the volume control at the front, the tone in the middle, and the switch at the back. Some people prefer this, as it provides more immediate access to the volume control.

Top Quality
This unit features top-quality components such as USA-made, 4-layer circuit boards. The two outer layers are ground planes that shield the internal circuitry from Electromagnetic Interference and Radio Frequency Interference (EMI/RFI). This is the state-of-the-art. We went top-drawer, because we knew you'd want it to be quiet.

The pots are CTS audio-taper with solid shafts, custom-made for this application. The switches used are Oak-Grigsby, just like Fender uses on their Custom Shop guitars. Two jacks are available: a Switchcraft model 11 that is the industry standard, or a Switchcraft L11, which has a slightly longer threaded bushing, so that you can get the proper washers on there and still have enough threads to get the nut on.

Easy To Install
Mount the ToneShaper and switch to your standard Fender control plate (fits Callaham and Gotoh plates too, as well as most other brands). Your pickup leads and assorted ground wires just plug right in - quickly and easily - with press-and-release terminals. There is NO SOLDERING required. These connectors are simple to use, don't degrade the signal quality, and hold the wire very securely. Enjoy swapping pickups in and out of your guitars? Then you're going to love the connectors on the ToneShaper.

  • Provides for increased tonal variation
  • Revolutionary, patented control assemblies
  • Replaces the existing electronic controls in the guitar without soldering

Shape your tone to get exactly what you're looking for. Order today.


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ToneShaperSW5C 5-Way Switch and Knobs for Telecaster with Bridge Single Coil and Neck Humbucker

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great product! Wakes up my Telecaster!

By Shock-n- Awful

from Ohio

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  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound


    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about ToneShaper SW5C 5-Way Switch and Knobs for Telecaster with Bridge Single Coil and Neck Humbucker:

    Totally wakes up the Humbucker Tele custom set-up. This solves the tone control/output mismach issues you get from combining a Telecaster single coil bridge w/a Gibson style humbucker neck pickup. It also gives you cool coil-split combo options and an easy way to fine-tune tone control cap values. Easy installation and very well built and engineered!

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    Dummy-proof modding done very well

    By Mark G

    from Southern New Jersey

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    • Customizable
    • Easy To Use
    • Flexible
    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound


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    Best Uses

    • Modding
    • Repairing Bad Electronics
    • Upgrading

    Comments about ToneShaper SW5C 5-Way Switch and Knobs for Telecaster with Bridge Single Coil and Neck Humbucker:

    This setup (and the other versions) make it simple to upgrade your guitar's functionality and/or repair electronics that have gone bad or noisy. Drops right in, has pretty clear instructions with diagrams, and offers lots of useful options for optimizing and customizing the tone of your guitar.

    For instance, choose from 15 different tone capacitor combinations! Alter the impedance of the volume and tone pots to change the pickup loading. But do it all with simple dip switches, not complicated re-wiring and soldering. And yes, this setup requires exactly 0% soldering, so if you're not so good at it, you don't have to sweat it. Drop it in, hook up the leads as directed, flip the appropriate dip switches, and you're in action.

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