We’re excited to see that Fender has re-released their Vintage Modified ’51 guitar because it has so many good features going for it. A comfortable and lightweight body, hardtail bridge, cool vintage vibe and an awesomely low price. However, no guitar is perfect, especially at this price/value point. For example, that factory 3-way selector just feels strange as a pickup selector. Also, it has no tone control of any kind and the factory control cavity route doesn’t leave you with many options to add one.
So, we came up with our Tone Control Plate to improve those shortcomings. Your Vintage Modified ’51 gets an ergonomically angled pickup toggle switch, it re-uses the stock 500K volume pot as your new push-pull tone pot, and the volume pot is moved further forward where it’s easier to reach. Plus, you get the bonus of using one of those super-smooth blue Bourns 82 volume pots, although others will fit in there too.