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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by E5RSY, May 11, 2016.
Presumably, you're talking about the pre-2012 version, 'cos since August 2012, the 52RI Tele has came stock from the factory with the modern wiring configuration of bridge/both/neck pickups.
If so, then yes, I did, for a while at least. I had several older 52RIs on which I was able to balance the switch between the bridge and middle settings to engage both pickups. Which was fun for a while...
But when that starts to feel like a chore, I got the soldering iron out, re-wired the switch to modern, and never looked back.
But yeah, I kinda liked the funky old wiring scheme with the pseudo bass sound on the neck pickup.
Just for the record, I've also now converted my Nocasters' wiring scheme from Blend to Modern.
Could you please inform the uninformed as to what the "original" scheme was and what it did?
Sure. The 'original' wiring scheme of the older (1982-2012) 52RI Teles reflected the vintage wiring scheme of the old Telecasters of late '52 to '66. This meant, when pushed all the way back, the switch engaged the bridge pickup with volume & tone, the middle setting was neck pickup with volume & tone, and all the way forward was neck pickup with a bassy .05uF capacitor engaged to induce a pseudo 'Bass' guitar sound, similar to the neck pickup with the tone rolled all the way off. So essentially, you couldn't get the sound of both pickups on, unless you balanced the switch between positions 1 & 2. Most '52RI owners (including me at the time) re-wired the switch to modern wiring (neck/both/bridge pickups).
Since about August 2012, with the introduction of the newer 52RI Teles (model 011-0202-850), Fender has shipped them with modern wiring as standard.
No- first mod I did to mine was to change the cap and the wiring to the modern configuration. The neck position is way too dark.
Rewired mine to the modern version.
Thank you Mr. Twang Tone. Given that info, switching to modern (and/or 4-way switch) seems like a logical no-brainer!
You know I would love to try a Tele with the original 'original' switch wiring-the tone control acting as a blend pot. I imagine there are some unique sounds to be found that way. It worked like this as I understand it: Neck position pickup=pre-set bass tone, no tone control. Middle position=Neck alone, natural tone, no tone control. Bridge position=Both pickups on, tone control acting as the blend between neck and bridge.
It's funny - I don't have a '52RE but I also almost never use the middle position (unless I flip there by accident). I'd probably keep the "old" wiring. Though I'd want to change it so:
-back = bridge
-forward = neck
-middle = bass
So guess I wouldn't have kept it after all!
Mine came wired with the modern set up and I've never felt the need to change it back
What... if you put a 4 or 5 way switch into the 52RI wiring, so that way you didn't have to balance the switch in between positions, and it would naturally lock there itself? I don't think it even changes the wiring at all.
Is there anyone here who's tried that?
I left mine stock.
I almost always play on the bridge pick up, the neck a little, both pickups even less. For me the inbetween position is fine for both pickups. I don't mind having another sound available, the preset bassy sound.
Same here, not for the sake of the preset bassy sound (which I have no use for), but because I rarely play with both pickups on (for me, it's bridge or neck).
I have two 52's right now... a 2003 and a 2011
The 2003 is stock while the 2011 has the modern wiring.
The funny thing for me is that I almost always play with both pickups on, so it doesn't make sense for me to keep the original wiring in my 2003 - plus I hate the muffled neck pickup setting! - yet I still have it for some sort of nostalgic reason... I guess to give me that "old school" vibe.
I'm also a little paranoid that if I change the wiring circuit it will somehow degrade the delicious tone I'm now getting. I know this is probably silly, but it's sort of like shaving your head... what if it doesn't grow back?!?
When I bought my '52 RI it was wired in the old fashioned way and I quite liked it for ebow sounds - the lower volume and darker tone compensated for the strength of the ebow.
I know a guy with a genuine '54 Blackguard. He is a sometimes member of this forum and has a store of vintage instruments.
He kept all original parts and wired it the new way- I agree with him.
Why keep a relatively useless circuit??
When I was contemplating buying my 52RI, I thought I would be inclined to keep it the way it came... vintage wiring. However, it only took me a day or two before I went out and bought a soldering iron and 'fixed' it.
I know it's not identical, but you get just as bad of a sound in the neck pickup with the tone rolled all the way off.
I own two, both are the modern wiring.
Got a 52 "Thinskin" original wiring scheme....kinda like it that way....it's part of the charm.
I like B+N parallel, can't stand the old "mud position". No brainer.