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Original parts to a 71 Tele?

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by Huddy, May 10, 2018.

  1. Huddy

    Huddy Tele-Meister

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    So I scooped up this Tele last night... Total butcher job on the HH but it's got some swagger to it and I kinda dig it. Neck code is 3 Feb 71B. 1525984206019.jpg

    Are these 1Meg CTS pots original? Date code says '66 which from what I understand was common. Nylon shafts on them which I didn't know was a thing on teles - maybe it's not.

    Also the cap is a ceramic disc .05uF and there's a single .001uF ceramic disc between the volume input and wiper lugs. Either original?

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  2. Huddy

    Huddy Tele-Meister

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    Thanks all in advance!
     

  3. MatthewK

    MatthewK Tele-Holic

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    Hobart, Australia
    All looks good apart from the 0.001uF treble bleed cap (which I assume was added to prevent the humbuckers being too dark), I reckon. Many people know more than I do!
     

  4. Dacious

    Dacious Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 16, 2003
    Godzone
    The plastic shaft pots usually date from later, mid 70s .The switch to pot wiring is original,. 05 cap not the treble bleed.

    At least you can do what you like with it. The finish is original. Looks like ash/blonde.
     

  5. Antoon

    Antoon Tele-Holic

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    Feb 10, 2010
    Low Lands
    Very nice guitar.. You might even prefer the HBs.
     

  6. Wally

    Wally Telefied Ad Free Member

    Mar 17, 2003
    Lubbock, TX
    Fender instroduced the .001mfd treble bleed circuit on Teles circa 1966-1967 when the 1meg pots were brought into use. The 1meg pots were used for more treble if you can believe that!!!!!
    Those pickup leads should have been insulated with some tubing when they were installed in order to prevent a grounding out of the circuit.
    What do the bottoms of those pickups look like??? Do you have close ups of that??
     
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  7. milocj

    milocj Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Aug 21, 2005
    Michigan
    My '73 Custom has a mix of 2 metal shaft and 2 plastic shaft pots. All four are 1m, but I can't remember if its the tone or volume pots that have the plastic shafts.
     

  8. Huddy

    Huddy Tele-Meister

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    So the .001 disc is original?

    It doesn't play well with the pickups... Very thin sounding at 6-7 and lower.

    The pickups are a T Top and a Tim Shaw (rough cast magnet and plastic spacers).

    I flipped the volume/tone to have a correct reverse plate and insulated the outer braids with heat shrink.

    Tone pot is plenty scratchy and switch is intermittent in the neck and neck doesn't function in middle.
     

  9. Wally

    Wally Telefied Ad Free Member

    Mar 17, 2003
    Lubbock, TX
    I agree with you about the .001mfd bypass cap. Even with the ‘usual’ 150kohm resistor in parallel, that bypass maintains the high end but loses some of the minds. I use larger value caps and smaller value resistors to voice the bypass for the particular pickup/s. When you find the right combination, the volume pot will maintain the same essential tone at every point along the sweep.
     

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