This Intellectual Property (IP) consists of a laser-trimmed metal thin film resistivator comprised of 4,700 individual Ohms that are vacuum deposited on an insulating barrel with each end attached to a metal wire lead (aka a resistor).
I have christened this the HIPSTER (the Hyperbolec Intellectual Property Super-pointless Tone Ohmulating Resistor).
* This part goes in series with the connection to the tone pot. For only $2.99 plus shipping, and about 1/2 hour of detune, pickguard removal, part soldering, pickguard demoval, and retuning, one can experience an effect exactly the same as turning the tone control down to "1" instead of "0".
A clever sort will realize that ONE HIPSTER shrewdly attached in series with the shared tone capacitor (that confounding thing that has confounded the confound-able for decades), will have the same effect as two HIPSTERs each in series with the tone pots (shh, they'll hear you).
** Be sure to use genuine Fender parts. While one can go to Radio Shack or any other electronics part suppliers and buy an identical part for about $0.10 in a few, be cautioned that these are not genuine Fender parts and are not marked as such. These can easily be differentiated from genuine Fender parts which are also not marked as such.
Note: Working on Fender guitars by individuals even using genuine Fender parts violates the warranty. To preserve your (limited - aren't they all) warranty, you must pay the Fender price and have a Fender Authorized Repair Center do the work. Which, since you changed the guitar, still might violate the (limited - aren't they all) warranty.
Or, you could just turn the tone control(s) down to "1" instead of "0".
Now, to be fair, clever folk will incorporate said IP into their own designs and modifications anyway since this site's true name is
Post by ijustwannastrat on Jul 30, 2009 19:48:47 GMT -5
Thank you, very much for this valuable infopost! I'm gonna go and buy 1 now for both my guitars! It's gonna be great! Now, instead of turning my knob to "1", which requires little to no skill, I can turn it to "0"! Chris, you're the greatest!