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DIY Tonestyler anti-pop question.

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Will_White, Feb 8, 2017.

  1. Will_White


    Jul 1, 2011
    Salem, OR
    I'm looking at putting a DIY tonestyler in a bass I'm building and I'm wondering where the drain resistors go to prevent popping.

    If I have this basic diagram,
    Do the resistors go like this
    Or like this
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2017
  2. Will_White


    Jul 1, 2011
    Salem, OR
  3. Crater


    Oct 12, 2011
    Dallas, TX area
    Drain resistors would go between the numbered contacts. 1 - 2; 2 - 3; 3 - 4 and so on. I'd test the thing first to see if popping is really going to be a problem, I don't think it will be.
  4. Will_White


    Jul 1, 2011
    Salem, OR
    So like this all the way around? 20170210_122838.
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2017
  5. Will_White


    Jul 1, 2011
    Salem, OR
  6. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    To avoid popping, the usual way to do it is to wire 10M 1/8 watt resistors in parallel with the capacitors on the hot side like so. (Ignore the choke in the schematic. It's not relevant to your question. And it's not needed for what you're doing.):


    If you'd like to look at a slightly more complex version with pretty wiring diagram, look here.

    FWIW, I wouldn't bother with too many different capacitors. The tone variation can be pretty slight between many of the values. So try before you settle on which values to include.
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2017
  7. I've never made one of these things, but I've used many rotary switches over the years. I'd think for this to be pop-free, you would use a switch that has make-before-break contacts.

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