StewMac Tele Wiring kit opinions?

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  1. bigDschramm

    bigDschramm Tele-Meister

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    I need to get a wiring kit for my first Tele build. Any opinions on the StewMac "Vintage" Tele wiring kit? http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Electronics,_pickups/Supplies:_Wiring_kits/Wiring_Kit_for_Telecaster.html?actn=100101&xst=3&xsr=656

    I'm a newbie to electronics since my expertise is in classical guitars. Any suggestions for caps, switches, pots, etc...? I love the tone that guys like Vince Gil and Brad Paisley get if that helps. I don't know much about sources for electric components.

    I'm considering the StewMac tele pickups as well.
     
  2. BSR77

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    I have use thier wiring kits. They are good parts from what I can tell never had an issue with them. I think they offer them with either CTS or Alpha pots.

    I have not used thier pickups I am a fan of the seymour duncan's.
     
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    I have purchased complete wiring kits and wiring components from SMac several times with good results. The quality is usually above average.

    I bought a set of their Golden Age pickups (humbuckers) and to me they are very "vanilla" sounding. Not bad, just run-of-the-mill pickups. Guitarfetish pickups get knocked on this board a lot, but I have had good luck with them and they are cheaper that Golden Age.

    Some other guys can speak to the wiring schematics, but I would guess Brad Paisely's guitars have modern wiring. Just a guess.
     
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    bullfrogblues Friend of Leo's

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    I've bought a number of wiring kits and pre-wired assemblies from Acme Guitar Works, very good products and service.
     
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    I have used their standard kit twice, no issues, but lately I have been using the standard kit from Guitar Parts Resource, it already comes with CTS pot, CRL switch and orange-drop capacitor. It is slightly more expensive but the cheaper shipping (to my location) makes it comparable and it has better components :)
     
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    Muzikp Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    I've had trouble with Stewmac's 3-way switches not working (3 of them to be exact). But I noticed the other day those switches were on clearance which usually means they are discontinuing them. Maybe they've replaced them with something else. The rest of the kit is nice.
     
  7. bigDschramm

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    From what I understand the StewMac Vintage kit comes with CRL switch and CTS pots and switchcraft jack.

    So do the caps effect the tone? Bright? Dark?
     
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    For $27 more than the StewMac vintage kit, you can get our prewired version that gives you the tools to dial in your tone by trying out vintage vs modern wiring, a treble bleed circuit, mulitple tone cap values and many more options. Have a look here Vintage/Modern Telecaster kit for more details.
     
  9. bigDschramm

    bigDschramm Tele-Meister

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    Wow! That is cool! No soldering! That is great for newbies like me.
     
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    MadJack Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I used GuitarElectronics.com Tele Guitar Super Kit with CTS Precision Tolerance Pots and the V-Treb Adjustable Treble Bleed kit and Harpmaster Modern Telecaster Pickup Set. Harpmaster also has the Vintage Telecaster pickup Set that is very well liked by those who've used them. When played throiugh my "clean" Lil' Night Train, my Tele with the setup described has a beautiful, rich, warm clean tone when used with Fenders Pure Nickel .010" strings. Will also, drive my "dirty" Lil' Night Train into some sweet distortion, not quite as crunchy as my LP, but nice.
     
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