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Varitone Switch Unofficial Lucille Model

6 position VARITONE rotary switch for guitar but can also be used for bass. This is the unofficial "Lucille" varitone, my version of the switch used by the late great BB King. Brand new unit made by myself in my small workshop. The 6 position switch offers a well balanced range of attenuation on a passive circuit. This switch works in much the same way as the very popular but very expensive Stellartone Tonestyler.


The dimensions of this unit are as follows: 25mm x 31mm with 17mm depth (so some rerouting may be required if replacing mini pots) and a standard size split shaft can accept any knob of your choice, knob not included. The shaft is quite long and may need to be trimmed with a rotary tool. I can do this for you just long as you know the dimensions you require.


The knurled shaft may be shorter in some cases. The switch will still be the same value however.


The VARITONE is easy to fit into your bass or guitar and replaces the conventional tone pot, instructions are provided. No battery required...


The values are as follows, with frequency cut off points in brackets:


1 Bypass

2 0.001uF (around 2 Khz)

3 0.003uF (around 1.2 Khz)

4 0.01uF (around 600 hz)

5 0.03uF (around 400 hz)

6 0.22uF (around 200 hz)


I can make them to your own specs if you know which cap values you would like - contact me here to enquire.

Varitone Switch Unofficial Lucille Model

A reverse view image:

Varitone Switch Unofficial Lucille Model Reverse View

Wiring diagram:

Varitone Switch Wiring Diagram

Wiring Instructions

Varitone Switch Wiring Instructions
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