• Stellartone's ToneStylers are made in eight versions - please see the photos for details.
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Stellartone Custom Guitar & Bass Electronics - TONESTYLER SPECIAL TEN SHORT capacitor selector switch tone control

The ToneStyler SPECIAL TEN SHORT is a miniature ten-position capacitor selector switch tone control, for electric guitars with hi-Z passive magnetic pickups.  This unique custom mid-range tone control feature eight contrasting capacitance circuits with uniform audio-taper spacing between tones, and the guaranteed quietest switching in this device class!

Unlike the many cheap, low-quality DIY products using flimsy imported components and noisy switching, Stellartone stands alone in using only premium USA mil-spec aviation components, gold contacts, super-silent switching, and hand wiring. Don't waste your time and money installing a noisy, throw-away junk product with a short lifespan. Your guitar is worth the best!

See the animated EQ chart on Stellartone.com for a comparison of the audio performance of a standard single-capacitor tone pot, vs the multi-capacitor ToneStyler.

The SPECIAL TEN SHORT is the mid-range variation of our full-range ToneStyler GUITAR TEN SHORT. The reduced 8.2nF capacitance range focuses solely on mid-range, presence, and treble harmonics. Voiced to enhance the clean and overdrive tones from classic all-tube amplifiers, the SPECIAL TEN SHORT is essential for bridge pickups in both stage and studio applications.

The SPECIAL TEN SHORT features six intermediate circuits #3 through #8, providing a sequence of discrete capacitance values, in audio taper.  Stellartone’s signature pickup resonances and roll-off frequencies cannot be produced via any traditional tone controls, pedals, or pre-amp settings.  At full clockwise rotation #10, true bypass is selected; in the adjacent #9 detent, "virtual tone pot loading" duplicates the subtle loading and treble reduction of a tone pot set to maximum clockwise brightness.

100% passive analog circuity - no batteries - zero noise!  Includes mounting hardware and 1/2" hex nut driver.  Hand-made in the U.S.A.    MAP $129

  • For use in instruments with two set-screw knobs… master volume and tone control (Telecaster), swap out the tone pot and connect the ToneStyler's shielded cable directly to the volume pot's input terminal and ground. 
  • For use in instruments with three set-screw knobs… master volume and dual tone controls (Stratocaster), swap out either tone pot, and connect the ToneStyler's shielded cable directly to the pickup selector switch's output. The other tone control may also be connected to the selector switch output as a second master tone control. Alternately, the second pot may be wired in series with the ToneStyler, creating a two-knob adjustable-strength master ToneStyler. 
  • For use in instruments with three set-screw knobs… dual volumes and master tone control (Gretsch), connect the ToneStyler directly to either pickup's output cable, "pre-volume". This will control one or both pickups... but not the other pickup when it's soloed. To optionally switch the ToneStyler to the other solo pickup, use a push-pull volume pot's switch. For superior performance, a Jazz Bass or Gretsch may be re-wired to the modern "master volume plus blend plus tone" control plan.
  • For use in instruments with four set-screw knobs… dual volumes and dual tone controls (Rickenbacker, Tele Thinline), use one ToneStyler for either the bridge or the neck pickup (it will also control 'both pickups'), and leave the other tone knob “as-is”… or swap one tone pot with a push-pull pot to alternately control each pickup with one shared ToneStyler. Or, install a pair of ToneStylers for independent EQ control of each pickup.  

See our large selection of custom and optional control plans at stellartone.com/custom-guitar-electronics-custom-wiring-diagrams/


S-10-S range: TRUE BYPASS to 8.2nF

USA 1/4" Solid-shaft tip with "D" flat for secure mounting of USA 1/4" hole set-screw knobs. DOES NOT FIT any push-on knobs, or 6mm hole metric set-screw knobs (use a ToneStyler LONG model).  3/8”-32 dia. x 5/16" short-length USA bushing mounts through surfaces up to 3/16” thick, such as metal control plates, pickguards, and ≤3/16” solid-wood & laminated tops, with 3/8” diameter mounting holes. Compact shielded polymer module with 0.875" dia. and 0.8125" behind-panel depth (±5%) allows an easy drop-in swap for a standard tone pot, with no fitting or modification required in most instruments.


Same business day shipping to the U.S.A. via FedEx Ground, including insurance, tracking and a hand-signature required for delivery; shipping to Canada via U.S.P.S. 1st class International rate.  For all other international sales, visit Stellartone's International Dealer's page:

To receive your FedEx parcel, you must provide a valid occupied street address or a private mail service box (PMB). FedEx will not ship to U.S.P.S. PO boxes. The buyer's signature is required for delivery. To prevent theft, parcels cannot be left unattended at any delivery destinations, and you cannot sign a request for redelivery to the same or an alternate location. If you are never home during business hours, please provide your work address, or a private mail service address. If undeliverable, or at your request in advance, FedEx will hold your parcel at your local FedEx hub for your signature and pickup at your convenience.

FedEx's Ground Signature rate is discounted to $9.95; free shipping on orders of two or more ToneStylers.  Shipping costs are non-refundable. The delivery time for FedEx's Ground Signature rate varies between two to six days, excluding Federal holidays.   *** FedEx delivers on weekends! ***

U.S.P.S. 1st class customs shipping to Canada is discounted to $29.95; free shipping on orders of two or more ToneStylers. Due to customs, security and shipping issues, all sales to Canada are final; no exchanges, returns or refunds.

Thank you in advance for your understanding and assistance in securely-completing your purchase.

ConditionBrand New (New)
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  • ToneStyler SPECIAL TEN SHORT S-10-S
  • Gold Sparkle
  • 2023
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  • United States

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