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Old December 22nd, 2013, 01:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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new(ish)? wiring config

Hi - thought I would share my tele wiring config, which I see as an up-to-date reworking of some of the original wiring schemes.

-volume pot as normal (I like this near the bridge PU with a reversed plate.)

-no tone pot, but a blend knob mixing both PUs (iron gear PU's - brilliant, fantastic value)

-switch, 5 way super switch.
pos 1; bridge PU only, direct (a must for that unadulterated tele scream)
pos 2; both PUs routed through the blend knob
pos 3; both PUs in series
pos 4and5; routed through blend knob but with an added preset tone cap to each. I like very subtle tone effects to just take the very biting highs off and have used very low values. to my ears this kind of sounds like the top end is 'pinched' and focussed with some amp settings

if you are a true tele purist I guess this is not for you, though you get a lot more tones with no extra knobs, and the concepts are all taken from the earlier instruments.
great for fine tuning a sound for recording - useless if you value your tone knob or use it 'on the fly'!

love to hear what you think!

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Old December 23rd, 2013, 07:53 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I once made a superstrat with 13 different sounds if I recall correctly. I used 2 of them. If you like to mess with the electronics.... there are plenty of things you can do. I prefer a simpler approach, as I suspect many others do.

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Old December 23rd, 2013, 02:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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hi - i take your point. I have a strat config tele with just 1 two position switch for BR/M and NK/M...

I do think my scheme goes a bit beyond the 'fancy for the sake of it' though because;

1; it uses the existing controls simply with no stacked pots ect
2; it uses ideas from the original esquire wirings
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