| Wanna Give Your Electric Guitar More Pickup Tones?
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All returns accepted. We now offer an unprecedented One-Year Return Guarantee on all ALL our upgrade products. This means that You can use your incredible AweSome Upgrade for an entire 365 days. If you don't agree this is the greatest product ever, return it for a refund no questions asked. In addition, our "core" Pickup Switch Upgrade™ products (e.g., T2, T3, T4) now come with a Lifetime Guarantee. Return shipping and insurance paid by purchaser.
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Beginning November 1, 2016, you get a LIFETIME GUARANTEE on all our Pickup Switch UpgradeTM (i.e., T2, T3, and T4) switch products as the original purchaser for as long as you own the product. If our assembled and tested switch products ever fail during normal use, we will repair or replace it free. This guarantee is retroactive for all 2016 customers.
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We recently migrated to chrome metal control plates for our Telecaster upgrade products. However, we currently only offer black plastic control plates for our Jazz Bass products. If you want a metal control plate, you can always purchase one of our products and use the plastic control plate as a pattern to have someone make a metal control plate. You then simply transfer the parts to a specially made control plate.
We only use the highest quality mini switches available anywhere, but the factory only makes them in chrome. We also use nautical grade stainless steel flat washers under the mini switch lock nuts to prevent the lock nuts from gouging your pickguard or guitar finish. In addition, the stainless steel washers will not rust over time from sweaty hand exposure.
However, the KIT versions of our products lets you replace the included high quality mini toggle switches with your lower quality gold plated or black anodized versions.
We have upgrade products for right-hand Stratocasters with either an SSS, HSS, HSH or HH pickup configuration. Customers with different needs (in any left-hand pickup configuration), can directly contact WD Music products custom pickguard department (wdmusic.com) at 1-800-449-9348. Talk with Virgil and have them make a custom left-hand pickguard made to your color and pickup configuration using the AweSome Musical Instruments template. You will also need to purchase our T3-Switch (Item # 122) and our VT-2 Volume-Tone control assembly (Item # 152) to populate your custom pickguard. Our Telecaster and Jazz Bass products can be used in either right-hand or left-hand instruments. All of our Pickup Switch UpgradeTM products (either the assembled versions or KIT versions) can be used in either right-hand or left-hand electric guitar or bass instruments.
The fifth wire is intended to be a ground wire for the metal pickup housing. Normally, this will be connected to a suitable electrical ground location, such as the back of potentiometers with existing soldered grounding connections or the ground lead coming from the input jack. One caveat: use an ohmmeter to make sure this fifth wire is not electrically connected to any of the four pickup coil wires. If you read any continuity (e.g., a resistance of 3K to 12K) between this fifth wire and any of the four pickup coil wires, then do not connect this lead to ground. Tape it off so it is insulated or the Pickup Switch UpgradeTM product that you purchased will not operate correctly.
We use 500K potentiometers (i.e., pots) and .047 mfd capacitors to give you the best of all possible tones from muted and subdued pickup tones to those glass shattering twangy pickup tones that will turn EVERY country electric guitar player green with envy! Most players want to get the maximum 'ring-in-a-bell' brilliance out of their instrument.
Players who prefer 250K pots are welcome to swap out our 500K versions for a 250K equivalent. Based on several years of customer feedback, we find that it's better that all of our upgrade products have the flexibility of 500K pots instead of the limitations of 250K pots.
Many of the pickup manufacturers recommend the use of 250K pots to avoid "support issues" due to the pickups sounding too "glass-shattering" brilliant. But there are people who "worship" this type of tone (as evidenced by fans of Robert Cray, Mark Knopfler and others who have this particular signature sound; as well as the numerous customers who want that intense country twang sound). It would be a poor decision for us to exclude a large market segment who has a particular taste especially when all that is required is a simple twist of a control knob to address this issue.
Here's how you benefit from our use of 500K pots:
We believe that the design of our upgrade products are well thought out and offer all players the best possible benefit and greatest flexibility available anywhere.
Our T3-Switch product is so innovative that it garnered a patent. It combines the series connectivity of three pickup coils (i.e., Red Special) with the parallel connectivity of three pickup coils all in one simple and intuitive pickup switch control to give you access to 35 unique pure analog pickup tones.
Our Pickup Switch UpgradeTM products work best when you have a "diversity" of dissimilar pickups because this will produce lots of unique tone surprises. This is one of the strengths of our products. You can cobble together an instrument with a hodge-podge of different pickups and come up with an instrument that has no equal (tone-wise). Conversely, instruments with pickups that are almost identical in specification (i.e., same number of windings, same magnet type) will provide you with 35 or 68 pickup tones. However, the 'range' of pickup tones (from muddy/dirty blues to tin-canny) will be somewhat narrow. By replacing one pickup with another one that has a different characteristic (e.g., different coil impedance or different magnet type), you will experience a much wider and richer range of pickup tones. By using our products, multiple pickup tone variations can be unlocked and this is before your analog or digital processing unit(s) get the chance to add even more flavoring to your output.
A previous T4-Switch customer and guitar fanatic was doing research work in the local university's Autology (hearing) department. He said that when you map out the range of pickup tones from Blues to Tin-Canny and start carving that range into smaller and smaller equal tone segments, the maximum number of pickup tones that the average human ear can distinguish is 64. In other words, if you took one of these 64 tones and split it in half - then played one half of the tone followed by the other half, test subjects couldn't tell the difference between the two halves. Although it's not published science, it is also very telling and useful. Taking into account that there will always be several pickup tones that will be so close together as to be virtually identical (it's inevitable when combining multiple pickup coils), our T4 Pickup Switch UpgradeTM product is a practical, simple and powerful compromise designed to give you 68 pickup tones from four pickup coils. This also means that it is pointless to come out with a "T5-Switch" to produce more pickup tones because it would increase the complexity and give you several "groupings" of identical sounding pickup tones. We have hit a wall (from a purely physics standpoint) and simply cannot make our products any better. This is as good as it gets. Fancy that!!
So to summarize; although there are only about 64 pickup tones that are possible, our products give you access to them all (even though there will be "groups" of pickup tones that are virtually identical.) Our T3-Switch gives you 35 pickup tones (including several TroikaBuckerTM pickup tones from instruments with three separate pickup coils. Our T4-Switch gives you 68 or 102 pickup tones (including several QuadraBuckerTM pickup tones from instruments with four separate pickup coils. Instruments with HSH pickup configurations can now get 276 pickup tones (including several PentaBuckerTM pickup tones that nobody else can provide to you.
The T4-Switch product controls four separate pickup coils in two separate banks. The design was to keep it as simple as possible but also provide a jaw-dropping number of 68 subtle pickup tones. The final design didn't permit 'spanning' a coil from one bank with a coil of the second bank to put them into series. However, by adding either a mini-toggle switch or push-pull potentiometer you can span coils from separate humbuckers - putting them into a series circuit to give you 102 pickup tones.
You can use the T4-Switch with three pickup coils. However, the total number of unique pickup sounds will be limited to 23. Many customers do this because they plan to upgrade their three pickup coil instrument to one with four pickup coils. An example is replacing a single-coil pickup on your instrument with a 4-wire humbucker pickup. By having the T4-Switch already available, your pickup coils can be easily connected to it and give you 68 pickup tones.
You can use the T3-Switch with two pickup coils. However, the total number of unique pickup sounds will be limited to 6. Many customers do this because they plan to upgrade their two pickup coil instrument to one with three pickup coils. An example is replacing a single-coil pickup on your instrument with a 4-wire humbucker pickup. By having the T3-Switch already available, your pickup coils can be easily connected to it and give you 35 pickup tones.
Here is the non-technical explanation: Due to the physics of these 'S' type (i.e., dual rail) humbuckers and with both the coils and magnets being so close together) when the two coils of this humbucker are put out-of-phase with each other, the resulting output signal drops about 9-18 percent. Regular 4-wire humbucker pickups also exhibit this behavior but to a lesser extent. This single pickup switch combination requires that you increase the amplifier volume for this pickup switch combination. This behavior would not have even been known except for people who are using our products. An effective strategy to address this is to have your instrument's volume control dialed back by about two increments (to about "8") when using normal-phase pickup tones (again, another reason for using 500K pots vs. 250K versions to avoid added loss of brilliant tones when dialing back the volume control). When you use the reverse-phase pickup tones you can dial up to "10" to compensate for the reduced signal output variation and keep your output sound (and brilliance) more consistent among the range of pickup tones that our products give you. Also see the topic "Why do you use 500k potentiometers?" elsewhere on this page for additional information to address this issue.
After reviewing the possible combinations available, we discovered that several coil inversions were mistakenly included in the list of switch combinations. Because these inversions were electrically identically to their counterpart (i.e., would sound identical), we have moved forward to correct this inaccuracy. Our company policy has always been that of complete honesty. Not being forthright about this issue would have called our honesty into question something we will not do.
An interesting new development is with the use of our T4-Switch on instruments with four pickup coils (i.e., HH, HSS or SSSS pickup configurations). Using a push-pull pot to span two coils and put them in series will result in 102 pickup tones, several of which are QuadraBuckerTM pickup tones. And now our T4-Switch can be used with HSH instruments to give you 276 pickup tones, several of which are now the world's only PentaBuckerTM pickup tones.
Assuming that you already checked for an intermittent ground connection, another reason that will cause a "static" sound when touching your plastic pickguard is a build up of static on the plastic material. This is a real problem that can happen especially in a hot, dry climate like Arizona, New Mexico, etc. To fix this problem when it occurs, simply wipe an anti-static clothes drier sheet on the pickguard. The anti-static sheet will soak up all of the static and solve this problem. Repeat as necessary.
Over the last eight years, our prices have been high because of the previous administration's confiscatory and strangling taxation on small business.
President Trump's Tax Cut
let us lower ALL our prices!
Our incredible upgrade products are proudly manufactured in the U.S.A.. This means that the labor cost is higher than if we outsourced product assembly to third-world countries. But this also means that we are putting Americans to work so they can feed their families and pay their bills.
After reviewing our tax savings from President Trump's Tax Cut with our CPA, we have lowered our prices "across the board". This means that we will continue giving you and other smart players the most incredible high performance Pickup Switch UpgradeTM products available anywhere on the planet. Only now they cost less!
Unlike the Salvation Army or the Federal Government, this business must be profitable if we are to continue bringing you and other smart musicians the most incredible high performance pickup tone enhancing products available anywhere on the planet. Without profit, we would be unable to constantly release new products from our AweSome Skunkworks laboratories products that offer players incredible value for their purchase.
All the serious guitar and bass players who are our customers are purchasing an easy-to-install "result" that gives them a big edge in today's market. These serious players are only interested in the additional unique pickup tones they expect and want. We sell our products for value, not for price. Strong evidence of this incredible value comes from our many customers' comments, some of which are on our website [Comments] page.
We are the original AweSome upgrades for your electric guitar and bass that everyone has tried to copy but cannot duplicate. Our upgrade products give you more pickup tones for less cost than any other copycat product. We are the BMW of pickup switch products so you are getting the BEST of the BEST. Review the below "Feature Comparison" chart to convince yourself that we are the BEST.
We are the original creator of AweSome upgrades for your electric guitar and bass. Our EZ-Install upgrade products give you a HUGE edge in the already overcrowded and fiercely competitive player market. When you compare the incredible performance of our upgrade products with all the copycat wannabes, you can see that only our products will give you ALL the possible pickup tones, are LESS EXPENSIVE and work with the widest range of electric guitar and bass instruments.
|Instruments You Can Upgrade||AweSome||Ambrosonics||Dragonfire||Triple Shot||Turnstyle||Toneshaper|
| SSS Stratocaster:
(compare upgrade price)
| 35 tones
|23 tones ($249.99)||7 tones ($154.95)||N/A||15 tones ($325.00)||5 tones4 ($129.99)|
| HSS Stratocaster:
|35/68/102 tones2 ($lowest)||80 tones2 ($349.99)||N/A1||N/A1||N/A1||5 tones4 ($129.99)|
|HSH Stratocaster:||35/68/102/276 tones2||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
| HH Stratocaster:
|6/68/102 tones2 ($lowest)||80 tones2 ($349.99)||N/A||24 tones3 ($55.90)||N/A||N/A|
| SS Stock Telecaster:
| 6 tones
|N/A||N/A||N/A||6 tones ($230.00)||3 tones4 ($129.99)|
| SSS Nashville Telecaster:
| 35 tones
|N/A||N/A||N/A||6 tones ($240.00)||5 tones4 ($129.99)|
|HSS Modern Player Telecaster:||35/68/102 tones2||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
| SS Jazz Bass:
| 6 tones
|N/A||N/A||N/A||6 tones ($240.00)||N/A|
|SSS Jazz Bass:||35 tones||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|HSS Jazz Bass:||35/68 tones2||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||HH Jazz Bass 2.0:||6/68/102 tones2||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
| Precision Bass:
| 4 tones
|N/A||N/A||N/A||4 tones ($240.00)||N/A|
|PJ Bass:||6 tones||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Dimension Bass:||35 tones||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
| Les Paul style guitar:
| 6/35/68/102 tones2
|N/A||N/A||24 tones3 ($55.90)||N/A||3 tones4 ($159.99)|
|Ibanez GEM HSH guitar:||35/68/102 tones2||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Ibanez RG350 HSH guitar:||35/68/102 tones2||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Peavey Raptor guitar:||35/68 tones2||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Mosrite Ventures guitar:||6 tones||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Mosrite Celebrity guitar:||6 tones||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Mosrite Celebrity bass:||6 tones||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
| Brian May Red Special
| Universal upgrade for
two pickup coil instruments:
| Universal upgrade for
three pickup coil instruments:
| Universal upgrade for
four pickup coil instruments:
| Universal upgrade for
five pickup coil instruments:
|Special cable needed:||No||Yes||No||No||No||No|
|All tones directly accessible:||Yes||No||N/A||No||N/A||No4|
Other products like ToneStyler, Stellartone, Veritone, etc. are merely "tone contour" products and do not offer direct control of each pickup coil. No comparison is possible between our AweSome upgrades and these limited capability products.
When you have MORE pickup tones, it gives you Total Control over what You will sound like. Even more important, you also have more control over what others hear what you sound like.
Why should you settle for 3 or 5 pickup tones? You can't get Total Control when you're saddled with an antique 3-way or 5-way switch that hasn't changed in 100 years. It's like settling for a job that pays you "three" hundred or "five" hundred a week. Wouldn't you rather have more? Like a job that pays you "six" hundred, "thirty five" hundred or "sixty eight" hundred a week?
What if your vehicle's radio only had three or five stations. Wouldn't you really want a radio with more stations?
Would you subscribe to a cable T.V. provider if they just offered you just three or five channels?
Would you buy a cell phone if you were limited to calling only three or five people?
Why are you settling for just three or five pickup tones?
Now You can Upgrade your electric guitar or bass and join the Pickup Tone Nation.
Our T4-Switch "KIT" version lets you use slide switches and electrically connect their terminals (using 26 or 28 gauge wires of the necessary length) to the T4-Switch printed circuit board. Note that you must use two separate DPDT slide switch types: one for On-On (two of these are needed), the other for On-Off-On (four of these are needed). You need to connect and solder wires from the slide switch terminals to the applicable pads on the printed circuit board. Details about the two switch types location on our printed circuit board are included in document #3 available from our Document Library.
After T4-Switch is completely wired and you have confirmed that everything functions correctly, it would be prudent to sparsely "tack" the PCB to the body cavity using a clear silicone adhesive. Because there is no provision for mounting the circuit board (the toggle switches serve that purpose), the adhesive will keep the PCB anchored in position so it won't move around.
Our website's Document Library also has information about using a push-pull pot with our T4-Switch to let you put all four pickup coils in series - giving you several QuadraBuckerTM pickup tones.
Most 4-wire humbucker pickups have symmetric coils (both coils have identical impedance and sound identical). We have advocated for the construction of 4-wire humbucker pickups with asymmetric coils (both coils have differing impedance and produce a different pickup tone). When combined with our switch products, these asymmetric pickups produce a far superior range of pickup tones.
We have been collaborating with Heartlandtone.com to help them understand our need for asymmetric 4-wire humbucker pickups. By providing them with all of our switch products to understand their use, they have been able to create far superior single-coil and 4-wire humbucker pickups that (when combined with our switch products) provide an incredible and diverse range of pickup tones.
When you contact them, tell them you want pickups that will be used with AweSome Musical Instruments products.
Our upgrade products for Stratocaster are available in 3-ply White, Black, White Pearloid and Brown Tortoise for either an SSS, HSS, HSH or HH pickup configuration. Customers with different color needs can directly contact Virgil at WD Music products custom pickguard department (wdmusic.com) at 1-800-449-9348 and have them make a custom color pickguard. Tell them to use the AweSome Musical Instruments template. You can separately purchase our T3-Switch (Item #132) or T4-Switch (Item #133) product. Also available are our wired VT-2 Volume-Tone control (Item #152) to populate your custom pickguard.
Typically, the bridge pickup of an Asian instrument is wired via a jumper so the negative pickup wire also serves as a bridge ground wire. Although this method will work with a standard 3-way switch control, it will not work with our switch products. Our best practice requires that a separate ground wire be electrically connected to the metallic surface of the bridge with the other end electrically connected to the input jack ground wire. You should disconnect the jumper wire from the negative pickup wire. Attached a separate bridge ground wire that is electrically connected to the bridge. The other end of the bridge ground wire should be attached to the ground connection of the instrument input jack.
FYI: Instruments that contain single-coil pickups will always produce a certain amount of hum because they also function as directional antennas. If there is any radiated 60-cycle source (e.g., transformers, electronics with power supplies, badly shielded electrical wire in a room, etc.), it will be detected by the pickups with a resulting hum. The solution to minimize ambient 60-cycle hum (while the guitar is strapped on) is to rotate your body about 15 degrees (either right or left) to change the orientation of the pickups. At some point of rotation the hum should subside.
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