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Tele Electronics

Some Tele Pickup Wiring Diagrams — (links have been fixed)

3-way Standard Tele


1953 TELECASTER


1960′s TELECASTER


50′s ESQUIRE


FENDER 4 way switch with master volume and master tone

4 way switch with master volume and master tone which is a nice upgrade to the stock 3 way switch. This is the same diagram that Fender provides when you purchase a 4-way switch from them. This mod works best if the neck and bridge pickups have opposite polarity. Here are the switch positions:
POS 1 = Bridge alone
POS 2 = Neck + Bridge (parallel)
POS 3 = Neck alone
POS 4 = Neck + Bridge (series
)


GUITAR-MOD POWER TELE: Hum/Single with 5 way switch
Got a tele with humbucker in the neck and a single coil in the bridge? Looking for an interesting and versatile way to hook this up. Look no further!! This one requires a 5 way super switch to get a coil split in positions 2 and 4. Here is the switching:

  • Position 1 = Bridge pickup alone
  • Position 2 = Bridge pickup and SPLIT neck pickup
  • Position 3 = Bridge pickups and FULL neck pickup
  • Position 4 = SPLIT neck pickup
  • Position 5 = FULL neck pickup.

5 WAY TELE
5 positions including neck/bridge in series, as well neck/bridge in series and out of phase! Some have found that some of the 5 way super switches are a bit too bulky for a Tele, but this one sold by WD music products (part # WDE5XL) seems to fit just fine into a Tele control cavity.
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29 Responses to “Tele Electronics”
  1. Mark PDX says:

    I got a “404″ when I clicked on the “50′s Esquire” wiring diagram:
    http://www.tdpri.com/resources/tele-electronics/articles/gifs/esquire_rg.gif

  2. MikeMurray MikeMurray says:

    Same thing with “5 WAY TELE”

  3. PixelMover PixelMover says:

    Hmm — looks like an older version of the page?

  4. Still getting the same to-day

  5. maddog says:

    How can I get the 5 way tele diagram??

  6. rhum66 says:

    Hello everybody !

    I was here on ressources, to find a wiring very spécial ( but didn’ t find it …) :

    - Standart 3 way télécaster wiring + esquire “speciality” : the bridge pickup direct to volume pots without tone control.

    Is it possible or not ? What kind of switch do i have to buy ? and is there other thing to change ( capa etc …)

    (my project is too had a neck pickup to my Esquire without loosing that very spécial sparkle modjo which is the spéciality of the esquire).

    Thanks you for your answer.

    rhum66

  7. ArminSolo ArminSolo says:

    I need to know how to properly wire a single conductor cable humbucker in the neck with a single coil in the bridge, while using a 3-way switch.

  8. joelster joelster says:

    Bump.

    Nothing but broken links here. Where should I look?

  9. f5joe f5joe says:

    Why no linkies? Take ‘em down otherwise. Thanks, Joe

  10. EilifF says:

    Hello People !

    I’ve just faced a challenge concerning a wiring job… And I’m just asking if anyone out there could give me some helpful advice about this ? I’m very happy to get some. Well, here it is… I have an electric guitar with a very special circuit, I have not soldered any of the parts yet. So, what I need, is just a complete wiring diagram which illustrates the connection between the parts mentioned beneath;

    - 2 humbuckers (bridge and neck)
    - 1 single coil (middle)
    - 4 pot.meters; that means; 2 for volume and 2 for tone.
    - One 6-way rotary pickup-switch, with 2 wafers.

    I’m happy if I only can get a sound out of this, but first of all I want following pickup combinations when using the rotary switch:

    1. neck only
    2. neck & middle
    3. all three
    4. middle & bridge
    5. neck & bridge
    6. bridge only

    …if this works, of course.

    One detail:

    Each of the humbuckers do have 3 wires connected. One of these soldered to ground, and the others I’m not sure about, but both of them are leads, they are 2 of a same size (one of them red and the other white. I think this means that these are “split pickups”, I dunno). The single coil on the other hand, has only 2 wires connected, one of them soldered to ground.

    I hope that my description is given enough details, please tell me if not and I’ll be trying to figure it out even more. I am very very happy if anyone out there could help me e little with this. Thanks.

    EilifF

    • tim2b98 says:

      I ran across some info on a rotery switch a few years back from Dan Torres! He has a website http://www.torresengineering.com that is full of great stuff! I got my info in a lttle flyer in the mail they were doing at the time, but I would almost bet if you called and asked! He would tell you right over the phone because that is just the kind of personal service that I have received!

  11. Mactoad says:

    Have a Tele with Seymore Duncan ’59 Humbucker in the neck, ’51 single coil bridge pup.
    I have a 3-way “on-on-on switch to run the humbucker Series / split / parallel mounted in the control plate,
    with a 5-way “Super-switch”, and a 250k No-load Tone pot.
    Thinking of using .22 caps …

    What is the most versatile way to wire these components?

  12. avagadro avagadro says:

    your 5 way diagram uses 500 pots. will 250′s work correctly? and is this set up for 1.neck , 2. N and B in parallel, 3. bridge, 4. N and B in series out of phase, 5. N and B in series?

  13. RobPvd RobPvd says:

    If you are using a CRL switch (I got mine from Callaham), it needs to be oriented in a specific direction, or the above 3-way diagrams will not work (no middle position signal). Just an fyi, as I spent the last 2 evenings trying to troubleshoot a new installation.
    When in the middle position, only two of the opposite end lugs are closed (common); these are the ones you need to attach each pickups’ hot lead to. The other two are open and will result in no signal.

    http://www.tdpri.com/forum/tele-technical/88166-wiring-help-middle-position-dead.html

    Find the CRL schematic diagram on this page:
    http://www.guitarelectronics.com/category/wiring_resources_guitar_wiring_diagrams.wiring_faqs.pickup_and_mini_switch_terminal_diagrams

  14. Twang Addict says:

    I’m looking for a nice clear sounding tele neck pickup to replace the stock one in mine now. Does any one out there have any suggestions?

  15. scotty dog says:

    hi there, can anybody help with, the jerry donahoue, correct
    wiring diagram, all the diagrams on the internet show a standard tele pick up in the neck,
    i am trying to replicate the fender ; jerry model , using a strat pick up in the neck.
    my guitar tech has figured all the positions exept pos2 / neck and bridge slightly out of phase,
    it cancels out the neck pick up, please help scotty dog

  16. pa47e says:

    Looking at the 5 way tele wiring, but am a bit confused by the recommendation of the 24 lug super switch and the wiring diagram shown which appears to be a regular 5 way switch. Maybe I’m just missing something, but any help would be greatly appreciated…………….

  17. pa47e says:

    Please ignore my previous post………I simply went brain dead for a moment and snapped as soon as I hit enter………

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