October 6th, 2007, 06:49 PM
Have a Pearly Gates in the Bridge and adding a Lil '59 to bridge.
Want opinions on wiring for series/parallel/split? I do not like push pull pots and i think it's going to get crowded on that control plate if i use a standard three way tele switch. I searched for a blank control plate and cannot find one. Figure I would use some pickguard material (see this post (http://www.tdpri.com/forum/tele-tech/86563-control-plates.html#post954290)) but now i have to ask "Is it worth the effort?"
October 7th, 2007, 12:35 AM
Depends on what you're aiming for. If you want to sound perfectly like a Les Paul and then expect a perfect Tele/Strat sound with the split, you're apt to be disappointed. If you're willing to compromise, you'll be OK. Kramer used three mini toggles and a blade switch to do what you're thinking about.
October 7th, 2007, 12:51 AM
Undrilled blanks are sold at GuitarFetish.com.
I've milled my own out of sheets of aluminum, aint too hard and you get just what you want.
I don't mind push-pull pots, but on one of my Teles I used individual Volume controls and a Master Tone control with a 3-way mini switch for Series/Parallel/Single Coil:
October 7th, 2007, 12:53 AM
For what its worht my #1 is a '57 reissue Les Paul Custom... the Tele with a Lil '59 in the bridge is a happy compromise though, when I don't want to take my '57 for more road abuse.
October 8th, 2007, 01:23 PM
I like the Pearly Gates split in the neck position, but I think the Lil' 59er is pretty ho-hum split at the bridge, played solo. I'm sure there was a thread where someone liked a Lil' 59er played coils-parallel...
Since you asked for OPINIONS, here are mine.
As a general rule:
1. I think most full-sized humbuckers at the neck position coil-shunted sound pretty good (played solo).
2. I think a coil-shunt at the bridge position can sound weak (played solo), and I usually prefer the coils-parallel option for a more complex tone.
3. I never heard a "single-coil-sized" humbucker shunted (played solo) that I really liked, in any position. It just makes them sound less-hot, rather than much of a tonal change. Of course, than can be usable, too - shunt 'em for playing rhythm, slap 'em back to series for a solo boost.
IMHO, of course.
A THOUGHT: You could custom-wire a Superswitch to get five tones that include some simple shunts, with no "extra" hardware to clutter the control plate. For instance, it would be easy to do a Superswitch to give you:
1 - neck humbucker
2 - neck coil-shunt
3 - neck coil-shunt with bridge coil-shunt
4 - neck humbucker with bridge humbucker
5 - bridge humbucker
I'd like that setup...