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Varitone mod on Stratocaster clone guitar

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This Instructable is to show how i fitted a Varitone mod to my vintage Cruzer Stratocaster clone. I felt this was worthwhile as the guitar plays well and has a nice acton and i wanted to see if i could improve the tone. 

**NOTE**

**THIS IS NOT MY DESIGN! THERE ARE A NUMBER OF WEBSITES THAT SHOW THIS MOD> THIS IS JUST MY INSTRUCTABLE TO MAKE IT CLEARER**

 
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Step 1: Components

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For this mod I used four orange drop capacitors (.047, .033,.022,.01) which we bought from ebay for about £2.50 each.
I also used a genuine fender no-load 250k potentiometer which was about £5.50 and a 5-position rotary switch which I bought from ebay (via china) for about £2.60.
I decided to upgrade the wiring as some of it was quite thin so I bought some red white and black braid covered 22 gauge wire from ebay which came to about £6.
gmoon1 year ago
This might be nit-picking, but "Varitone" usually refers to the Gibson circuit, which utilized an LC filter. I.E., it had an inductance / capacitance filter.

If you search for Varitone, you'll get schematics that include the inductor, usually a 1.5 H choke.

With those caps and that rotary switch, you could probably convert it to a true varitone circuit, tho...

(the pic below is of my Norma, which has a varitone-type filter--the transformer is the inductor. I already had this pic in my Ibles library...)
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