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Old January 25th, 2013, 10:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am looking for a little help in choosing a Tele control plate with controls. I see prices ranging from very little to outrageous. Can anyone provide me with some info on this ? I'm looking for a standard chrome plate with vol/tone/ and a 3 way switch. What's a reasonable price point where you don't get junk and don't break the bank ? Please name names/dealers/suppliers.

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Old January 26th, 2013, 12:05 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I have bought several cheap ones from eBay and hate them all. Soft metal that is thin and scratches. Plus they are not all the same size. I have had problems getting them to fit American spec guitars. Mojo has become my go to place for good prices and good quality. I recommend this one.
http://www.mojotone.com/guitar-parts...e#.UQNU8ly9LCQ
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Old January 26th, 2013, 03:39 AM   #3 (permalink)
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It would probably be cheaper and quicker to go to home depot, buy a tiny bit of metal, and make your own.
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Old January 26th, 2013, 03:53 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Sounds like the OP was looking for a pre-wired control plate. I've never used one, but look here for a kit with quality components.

http://www.guitarpartsresource.com/e...l_kitstele.htm

If you figure $15 for the actual control plate plus a few bucks for the pre-wiring work and it seems like around $50 or $55 would be about right for a quality pre-wired control plate.
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Old January 26th, 2013, 01:01 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I have some of the components for the assembly, but was mainly looking for others choices and experience with this. The ebay $ 5.99' ers prices are too good to be true, and the $ 100.00 assemblies are too rich for me. I am looking for that " good quality at a reasonable price" part. I can find them online all day long, but was looking for input from fellow TDPRI'ers on their experience.

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MOJO - fair prices, good products
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Old January 26th, 2013, 01:55 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Wiring is far too easy to waste money or compromise quality on. Get two audio taper CTS or Bourne 250k pots and a Good 3 way switch from Mojo and your about 25 bucks in for good quality. The electronics on the eBay cheapies are pure crap.
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Old January 26th, 2013, 02:04 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Wiring is far too easy to waste money or compromise quality on. Get two audio taper CTS or Bourne 250k pots and a Good 3 way switch from Mojo and your about 25 bucks in for good quality. The electronics on the eBay cheapies are pure crap.
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Get yourself a cheap soldering iron, hotter the better if your not used to soldering (40w ideal) and solder it yourself. Soldering is stupidly easy, especially if you use flux(even if your solder is flux/rosin core use extra flux).
Just remember shiny solder is good solder(if it's dull its a cold solder joint and prone to fail) and don't blow on it to cool it(a great way of getting cold solder joints).
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EY have it in a kit.
http://www.eyguitarmusic.com/Telecas...ob_p_1183.html
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That is not bad at all. 21.00 with shipping and including the knobs. Alpha would be my third choice behind Bourn and CTS but for a budget guitar they would be fine. The real question is does it line up with an American Standard on metal gauge and size, and is it soft and will scratch easy?
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