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Anyone put a middle pickup in their tele?

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by Gutterguy, Feb 5, 2019.

  1. TRexF16

    TRexF16 Friend of Leo's

    Apr 4, 2011
    Absolutely and I love it.
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  2. Garruchal

    Garruchal Tele-Meister

    Nov 29, 2013
    kathymooreguitar.jpeg This guitar is the main instrument of a Seattle player who plays a lot of different styles with it. I'll have to ask her what the pickup is, but it looks like some flavor of PAF. She gets a good, thick, hard-rock tone out of it, and can switch to more traditional tele sounds in an instant.
  3. PCollen

    PCollen Tele-Afflicted

    May 7, 2010
    Man of the World guitar must have had a twin......

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  4. PCollen

    PCollen Tele-Afflicted

    May 7, 2010
    Man of the World

    Is the body factory-routed for a middle pickup ?
  5. picknfool

    picknfool Tele-Holic

    Jun 4, 2003
    Oakland, Ca.
    Yep, mine's got a strat pickup in the middle, wired for a 5-way switch and a push-pull tone knob. I use the middle one alone quite a bit!
  6. jvin248

    jvin248 Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 18, 2014
    Near Detroit, MI

    These are all mods I have thought about doing on a future build for myself...

    Instead of a Strat type middle pickup use:
    -Jaguar pickup with the claw wrap
    -P90 as mentioned
    -Jazzmaster (the classic magnetic pole type not the P90 bar magnet style)

    To go along with the 5-way switch, get a stacked tone knob pot so you have an extra blender available for the Armstrong Blender mod, I use that on my Strats where the second tone knob converts to a blender between stock SSS and series HSH or anywhere between.

    If you swap the middle pickup solder point with the neck or bridge at the 5-way switch you get the neck+bridge Tele tone while giving up one of the Quack tones. The 5-way will operate like a 3-way (neck, neck+bridge, bridge) with two extra positions for the middle pickup (middle, middle+neck or bridge; depending on which connection was swapped). On a regular Strat, you can unscrew and physically swap the middle and bridge pickup without doing any wiring solder work, so that's the concept.

    The other option is to push the middle pickup back close to the bridge pickup for more of an HS layout but still using the 5-way switching.
    There is a Robbie Robertson custom shop Strat model like that.

  7. macatt

    macatt Tele-Holic

    Jan 10, 2007
    silverdale wa
    I install middle pickups in all my Teles. I prefer a Van Zandt Blues in that position.
    I love the tone of the middle alone with the Van Zandt.
    If I want the bridge/neck combo I usually use a 5 way super switch and assign that combo to position #4 sacrificing the neck/middle which I never use anyway.

    Oh, and 'Stratclub'
    Adding a middle pickup doesn't "totally screw it up". On the contrary, it makes the guitar much more versatile adding useful sounds while retaining all the original Tele sounds.

    S Mac
  8. DHart

    DHart Friend of Leo's

    Oct 12, 2012
    Scottsdale, AZ USA
    Yep... I decided I wanted Strat neck & middle pups, with a Tele bridge. So, I bought an empty Deluxe Nashville body from Stratosphere, ordered a pick guard with routs for Strat neck & middle, dusted off two unused Fender CS Fat '50s Strat pickups that I had, bought a True Velvet Tele bridge pup, Fender modern bridge, 5-way switch, pots, and jack. Put it all together and mounted a Deluxe Nashville rosewood neck that I had on hand, and VOILA!

    Sounds great (very Stratty), plays great. And while it is not a replacement for having a Strat or two, it is an enjoyable addition!

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  9. alexwilds

    alexwilds TDPRI Member

    Jan 27, 2018
    This is a 1979 Tokai with added Klein broadcaster, wired like a strat to get `quack`. IMG_0395.jpg
  10. TRexF16

    TRexF16 Friend of Leo's

    Apr 4, 2011
    BTW, this is a purpose built 3-pickup Tele set with the middle being RWRP from the bridge and neck. I wired it Strat-style with a standard 5-way switch but added a push-pull on the tone knob to add the neck. So if I want the normal bridge/neck Tele sound, it's simple to sweep the reverse-mounted switch all the way to the #1 position with the heel of my hand while grabbing and pulling up the tone pot in one motion. I shielded it well and even with the bridge/neck combo not RWRP (just like the early Teles) it is very quiet in this position and sounds great.
    This is the wiring I used (except for reversing the control plate, and I used a .022uf cap):
    Nashville add neck.jpg

    And these are the pickups. Wound by "Q" from Croatia. Low/vintage, wind clear and articulate, and sound great turned up with a little boost.

    Maybe this will help somebody.
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