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Simple installation, impressive tone. No soldering required for this circuit board.
The ToneShaper Stratocaster SSS-1 is a circuit board prewired for Fender Stratocaster electric guitars. The circuit board features 2 potentiometers and a 5-way switch in a single unit, that is installed in a regular Strat-style pickguard. You can use any pickups of your choice—attach a jack and you've got a complete Strat-style control assembly. ToneShaper SSS-1 is easy to install and gives you flexibility that you can't get with conventional pots or switches. For installation, simply depress the plunger, put the wire in, and release the plunger. You don't need to solder anything.
A series of switches makes the controls do different things. Normally on a Stratocaster, you would have a volume control, a tone control for the neck and a control for the middle. People sometimes want variations in controlling the bridge, middle, and neck pickups individually. With the ToneShaper Stratocaster SSS-1, you can assign the tone controls to whatever pickups you want.
The ToneShaper SSS-1 also selects different capacitor values for each tone control. ToneShaper included 5 polypropylene capacitors, designed by Panasonic, for each tone control. Select these switches to determine which capacitor you want activated for each control. For instance, you could have a vintage point 1 capacitor value selected for the neck and an entirely different value selected for the other pickups. Much like amplifiers or pedals, ToneShaper includes a diagram of the control plate with graphics on how to quickly adjust the neck tone and middle tone, and augment your sound on the fly.
Some people don't want 2-tone controls, so a popular option is to use the dials as a master volume, master tone, and a blender control. If you've got your 5-way switch in the bridge position, you can use the control knobs to add in the neck pickup. This setup has been practiced for years using a mini toggle switch. The downside from this practice is that it would usually mean you are switching the pickup in or out. The features this and other options in one comprehensive unit that rests under your pickguard. With the blender control you can add a little or a lot of the pickup, or even full on. In the 2 position, the blender control adds in the neck and you can have all 3 pickups going.
With a few flips of the switch, the board becomes a series parallel control. Series configuration yields a thicker, warmer, more humbucker tone. Finally, a quick flip of the knob can return the instrument to the natural Stratocaster neck single-coil tone. The unit also includes a removable volume kit—a resister and capacitor wired in parallel across the volume control—so that as you roll off the volume, you don't experience reduction in treble.
As one of the world's premier builders of complete, prewired assemblies for the guitar aftermarket, ToneShaper has done thousands of Stratocaster prewired assemblies, and had the opportunity to learn what people really want in a Strat. The SSS-1 unit features everything ToneShaper has offered in its standard prewired assemblies and then some, adding some additional functions and features that have never been offered before.
- Vintage wiring
- Modern wiring
- Blender wiring
- Series/parallel wiring
- SSH wiring
- Volume kit (may be turned on or off)
- Billy mod
- CTS pots
- CRL 5-way switch
- Switchcraft jack
- CTS DIP switches
Finding the right tone is an art. Order this unit today and explore the sonic range of your Strat.
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Comments about ToneShaper Stratocaster SSS-1 Control Knobs and Switch:
Just got this a couple days ago and put it in today. Let me say this went into a USA Highway 101 with Jeff Beck Hot Noiseless pups in the Neck and Middle positions and a S.D Hot Rail in the Bridge. I play through a Vox AC30. I did route the body cavity which is optional, just for the ease of the instant access to the switches without taking a bunch of stuff on to do it all over again. You tracking with me? I did a preliminary test on the volume and tone controls and left the amp on the same starting positions. After the unit was installed I immediately noticed a louder, clearer sound. The tone pots work full circle and not just from 6 to 10. I set mine up with the volume kit and I made the first tone knob for the neck and the second tone for the bridge, not how Leo did it. Fender has the two tone knobs set up for the neck and middle pup. This works wonders for this set up. I am goning to dump the S.D. pup though and put the V.N. Hot back in. P.S, if you put a Hot Rail in your Strat, it doesn't sound like a Strat anymore. I messed with several configurations very quickly and all did exactly what they said it would. The Blend is nice too, still I want to go back to the Fender pup to really use this. This Board just set on the standard Fender stock mode was an instant improvement. Switching the pot values is way cool and helps Mondo for your sound before it even hits your amp. Like I said, I went ahead and routed the body cavity, and this is very nice if you want to change your set up on the fly.
Over all I give it a two thumbs up. There are no cons that I can see. This is a great product for any Strat player who likes tone to start with the guitar. This would make a Squire or MIM just scream on its own, no pup change necessary. I will put this in any Strat I ever buy!! Oh and before I silence my psycho babble, you don't have to solder NOTHING!! Life is good.