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PICKUPS AND ELECTRONICS TCT Family

Vintage 3-Band Preamp/Tone control


The TCT Family of tone control preamps has Bass, Mid, and Treble controls with very low noise and
wide adjustment range. The sound is extremely clear with low distortion. Bass and Treble bands
can be boosted or cut. The Mid band can be narrow notch cut only. An MCT mid boost module
can be added for full boost and cut of the mid. The TCT family of preamps are powered by a 9 Volt
battery which provides 8-12 months of use. Do not use more than 9 Volts – damage may occur.
The TCT Family has 3 models distinguished by their mid cut frequency.
Model Bass Mid Treble Input Impedance Output Impedance Power
TCT +/-12dB@50Hz -16dB@300Hz +/-13dB@6KHz 320KΩ 60KΩ 650uA@9V
NTCT +/-12dB@50Hz -16dB@400Hz +/-13dB@6KHz 320KΩ 60KΩ 650uA@9V
XTCT +/-12dB@50Hz -16dB@500Hz +/-13dB@6KHz 320KΩ 60KΩ 650uA@9V

TCT NTCT XTCT


Output green green green
Boost brown brown brown
white grey orange
green green green
EQ Controls yellow yellow yellow
blue blue blue
Input yellow yellow yellow
Battery + red red red
Ground black black black

This diagram shows a basic setup with Mid Cut control in the electronics cavity. This is a popular
setup for Jazz bass with the Mid fully or partially cut. The Mid trimmer, battery clip, resistors, and
capacitor are included with your preamp.
EQ Controls

Vol
Battery +
Ground

Output
Boost
Input

Bridge Neck 25KΩ


Audio
Pickup Pickup green
Cable Cable

+ -
10KΩ 18KΩ
10uF
(Add this
Fixed Gain Resistor for
3dB more
Blend Gain)
Dual
250KΩ
5A5C

Treble Mid Bass


500KΩ Cut Only 25KΩ 500KΩ
Audio trimmer Audio
ground

The negative side of the battery should be connected to the jack ring so that power is turned on
only when the plug is in. Unplug the instrument when not in use to conserve your battery. Ensure
bridge and cavity shields are connected to ground. R150619.1
PICKUPS AND ELECTRONICS TCT Family
Vintage 3-Band Preamp/Tone control
The TCT Family main modules can be mixed and matched with MCT mid boost modules for
different mid boost frequencies. The MCT modules provide additional treble boost as well.

Model Mid Boost Treble Boost Wire Colors


MCT-250 +14dB@250Hz +6dB@2KHz-15KHz brown + purple
MCT-375 +14dB@375Hz +6dB@2KHz-15KHz brown + black
MCT-500 +14dB@500Hz +6dB@2KHz-15KHz brown + grey
MCT-3MC Switchable +14dB@250Hz, 500Hz, or 750Hz +6dB@2KHz-15KHz See diagram pg.3

This diagram shows the wiring for an instrument with 2 pickups to have Volume, Pickup Blend,
Bass, Mid, and Treble controls with an MCT Mid Boost Module. This same diagram can be used for
TCT, NTCT, or XTCT with any single frequency Mid Boost Module: MCT-250, MCT-375, or MCT-500.
The 50KΩ linear taper Mid pot has 47KΩ and 27KΩ fixed resistors for correct biasing of the EQ
circuit.
EQ Controls
Vol
Battery +
Ground

Output
Boost
Input

Bridge Neck 25KΩ


Audio
Pickup Pickup black green
Cable Cable

green

MCT

Blend
Dual
250KΩ 47K 27K
5A5C

Treble Mid Bass


500KΩ 50KΩ 500KΩ
Audio Linear Audio

ground
black

For additional gain from low output pickups or for blend isolation for improved clarity, a dual
buffer like DB918.2 can be added to the input.
to battery red
Neck Bridge
Pickup Pickup
Cable Cable
DB918.2
black

Blend A 25K MN Taper blend is ideal. A


Ganged
25KΩ 250K blend can be used, but may be
MN noisier. Note that MN and AC tapers
are wired in reverse.
PICKUPS AND ELECTRONICS TCT Family
Wiring Options
black
Bridge Neck
Bass Pickup Pickup
Cable Cable
B/T
Stacked
500KΩ
Audio to mid
Treble green

Stacked Bass/Treble Blend


Vol Ganged
250KΩ 250KΩ
AUDIO 5A5C
27KΩ
50KΩ Trimmer green

47KΩ Active/Passive Wiring for 2 Pickups with


Blend control and Master Volume
to bass green

Neck Bridge
MCT Pickup Pickup
Cable Cable

In-Cavity Mid Boost/Cut

yellow
Vol Vol
10KΩ Trimmer 250KΩ 250KΩ
Treble Boost Adjust AUDIO AUDIO

on-on-on
to bass switch
750Hz
Mid 500Hz
50KΩ 250Hz Active/Passive Wiring for 2 Volumes
Linear

27K 47K Neck Bridge


Pickup Pickup
Cable Cable

MCT-3MC Vol
brown Stacked
250KΩ
Audio
Mid Switch wiring for MCT-3MC

Ground – Connect to cavity shield if available.


Also ensure bridge is connected to ground. Stacked Volume/Volume for 2 pickups