Removing Nashville Tele Middle Pickup

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  1. Fendereedo

    Fendereedo Friend of Leo's

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    Hi guys, what will happen to the switch settings if I remove the middle pickup from my Nashville Tele, as it just isn't getting used. I can snip it out with cutters, but just wondered what would happen to the 5 way settings. I don't plan on getting a 3 way yet, will I do more harm than good. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. howardlo

    howardlo Tele-Meister

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    I never liked the idea of those. But then I don't like the sound of Strat pickups.

    I would do that, but change the pickguard and put in a three way (or better yet a four way) switch at the same time.
     
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    You couldn’t get the strat quack. The other thing is that unless you rewire it you’ll only have the front pickup or the back pickup. Not both.
     
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    Thanks guys. I may leave it then and just not use it until I can find my soldering kit.
     
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    The Ballzz Tele-Afflicted

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    Do you never use the #2 & #4 switch positions? I find those to be the main benefit of having a middle pickup!
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    Hi Gene, I've decided to sell her, and buy another Tele completely. I just don't like the Strat pickup, thought I would, but I'm just not getting along with it. No point messing around with her. I will make a bit of a loss, but you win you lose.
     
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    I never use the middle pickup or the in between positions on my strat. I slap it all the way one way or the other. I thought about removing the middle.
     
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    That’s probably the best choice. I live my Nashville. But if every guitar worked for everybody we’d still have the esquire. Or the Ricky backer frying pan. (Both great of course but there’s a lot of great guitars thankfully.)
     
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    Hi,
    Yes, I don't want to mess with it, so selling will be the way ahead for me.
     
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  10. caliban335

    caliban335 Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    Sorry the Nashville didn't work out for you. I really like having the Strat pickup in the middle and 5 way switching. Good luck.
     
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    sjtalon Doctor of Teleocity

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    I wouldn't recommend it...........................BUZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

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    Does it do something to the rest of the sound, or do you miss the traditional Telecaster neck + bridge selector switch middle position? Otherwise just don't use those positions. When I got my Strat back in the seventies I was pleased to find it had a five way selector switch with the position 2 & 4 quack (all others I had played up to that point only had the traditional 3 positions). I think I used the number 2 position primarily for many years. Then after some time I tired of it. I hardly ever use it anymore, but it's good to know it's there if I need it.
     
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    In my case, there are a couple of my best songs that were inspired by and written around the #2 & #4 quack sounds on my favorite Strat. :cool: For me, having those sounds available is an absolute prerequisite, but I'm quite happy that not everyone is me or sounds like me! :cool:

    Selling/replacing sounds like a good plan. ;) Maybe a new guitar will inspire a new song for you too?

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    I'm confused. Isn't the middle pickup the whole point of having a Nashville Tele, rather than another Tele model.
     
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    nicod98 Tele-Afflicted

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    That's why I chose a different path when I created my own Nashville tele... I put a 4 way switch like regular tele, and a push-pull knob to add the middle pickup in whichever position the switch would be, giving me 8 different tones... (although I usually choose between the 2 pickups in parallel or the neck pickup alone with or without the middle pickup)

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    Absolutely, positively, yup-yup-yup!

    I call the Nashville the Leatherman of geetars.
     
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    It was, for that very reason. But, I've since found I don't want the middle pickup. So, rather than hack it about I've decided to sell and revert to kind. ;)
     
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    EsquireOK Tele-Afflicted

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    That would generally go hand in hand with a conversion to a 3-way switch. If you leave the 5-way, and correctly wire it so that it works quietly in the circuit, you'll still have three switch positions that do nothing of use to you. Personally, I don't use the middle position with modern Tele wiring (both pickups in parallel), but I still wouldn't want five switch stops on a guitar on which I only use two switch positions. I'd go with three switch stops and only using two of them instead.

    Replacing a 5-way with a 3-way is no reason not to do it. It's a piece of cake to swap out the switch. Just buy the 3-way, then pull the middle pickup, and do the whole thing at once.
     
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    For what it's worth, I'm rehabbing my '96 Nashville Tele and taking the middle pickup out. When I got it last year it had Strat neck & middle and Tom Anderson humbucker at the bridge. Basically a single-cutaway Strat with a 'bucker bridge. (If I wanted a Strat I'd have got a Strat.) I never really liked the middle pickup, and I have a chance to turn it back into a bona fide Tele. I really miss that N+B Tele combo. I'm going with Lollar Vintage T neck and Special T bridge, then putting in a 4-way switch to have N+B parallel and N+B series, which basically creates a humbucker. I don't really play out so this is primarily for myself. We'll see how it goes. It's a beautiful guitar with the most playable neck ever made, so I don't see selling or trading it.
     
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    I have the tele with three strat pickups. Never thought that was a good idea until I got it. Sounds great! Just a bit like a Strat sounds, but still 75% tele sound!
     
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