Stellartone Tone Styler...

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Stellartone Tone Styler...

Postby bassmayhem » Sun Oct 10, 2010 2:24 pm

This seems like a really cool gadget for your average passive bass:

http://www.stellartone.com/Page.asp?NavID=147

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Anyone who have used it?

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Re: Stellartone Tone Styler...

Postby jmcgliss » Sun Oct 10, 2010 2:33 pm

Looks well-engineered and easier to install than the chunky Varitone switches. I installed the latter in a small project box that I can use with any passive pass.
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Re: Stellartone Tone Styler...

Postby bassmayhem » Mon Dec 06, 2010 2:12 pm

I just got my P-bass back from my friend Emir, who did a total electronic makeover and turned the bass into a completely buzz- and humfree dream machine and also installed the ToneStyler. One thing for sure: The original tone pot will NEVER come back. Never! If grounding was an Olympic discipline, then Emir would have the gold medal. Period.

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Mayhem and the bass at the Audio Dog HQ

You really get THE P-bass tones you hear in your head. Tones I say, because you have them all: from Motown to metal. The best thing: 16 fixed positions so you always find the tone you had the last time. Truly a hit! And passive!
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Re: Stellartone Tone Styler...

Postby ProDigit » Mon Dec 06, 2010 2:36 pm

Seems nice!
Price is good too!
the only thing when ordering it would be,
at a certain time they ask me to choose between:
Solid shaft notched rotation, and "split shaft, for push on or set screw knobs"
I can imagine the split shaft, it's probably star shaped.
but the solid shaft 'notched' do they mean it needs knobs with a set screw?

They don't have pics, so I don't really know what they mean with that!

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Re: Stellartone Tone Styler...

Postby bassmayhem » Mon Dec 06, 2010 5:32 pm

Well, the one I got from the Swedish distributor had split shaft as you described. But - in the package was also a thin ring/bushing to put on the shaft and then press the barrel P-bass knob on and then turn the screw. It works for me.

Then, you may think, 16 steps to turn, that would mean not-so-much difference, and that is true, if you go from one step to the next, but turn three clicks makes a big difference. Maybe some 7 or so would be enough, but now there's 16, so just use the ones you like. Also - you preserve the mids and cuts the highs so every setting sounds rich and full, never dull.

I like it!

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Re: Stellartone Tone Styler...

Postby drumsandbass » Wed Oct 12, 2011 6:00 pm

I have one of these on each of my G&L basses. I did not like the stock electronics setup because they are noisy, unreliable and counterintuitive. Also, I really don't like batteries in musical instruments. I paid my tech to remove all of the stock electronics and replace them with an all passive design. He did not drill any new holes. The Tonestyler is absolutely the best mod I have ever made and I have the notched rotation model. It does exactly what they claim. As a result, both of my G&L basses sound much better now and I can get more useful tones with the TS. I don't think the TS will work with a battery powered system.

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Re: Stellartone Tone Styler...

Postby bassmayhem » Thu Oct 13, 2011 10:36 am

Absolutely not!
Passive is what it is.

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Re: Stellartone Tone Styler...

Postby ProDigit » Thu Oct 13, 2011 4:01 pm

I have to say that the few G&L basses I've heard sounded wonderful!
Much better than any passive pickup system I've heard!


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