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Brent Mason Mod Tele - Routing question

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by kgguitarplayer, Sep 14, 2015.

  1. kgguitarplayer

    kgguitarplayer Tele-Meister

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    I'm thinking about doing a tele build with a Gibson mini-humbucker in the neck, a strat pup in the middle position and a tele bridge pup. Something similar to the Brent Mason mod. I'd like to buy a "cheap" tele and take the electronics out and put in what I want. My question is this: what telecaster out there can I buy that will allow me to drop in the desired pickups without having to do any additional routing on the body? Or is this possible? I wondered if the MIM nashville telecaster might work. I'm not sure how the neck position is routed in that guitar though. Any suggestions?
     
  2. Manolete

    Manolete Friend of Leo's

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    You might be in luck! A MIM Nashville body apparently looks like this;

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    You might need to widen the neck area a tiny bit to accommodate the mounting lugs of the mini bucker.

    Squier made the Vintage Modified SSH Telecaster;

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    Awesome, thanks! I'll look up the squier too. I have an extra bridge and saddles lying around the house that I might could put on it.
     
  4. kennl

    kennl Tele-Afflicted

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    I have used Nashville bodies on a couple 3-pickup builds. No problems under the pickguard. If you are considering the Brent Mason wiring and a 3-knob control plate, you will need to remove some wood for a push-pull middle pot.
     
  5. kgguitarplayer

    kgguitarplayer Tele-Meister

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    Ok thanks, yes that's what I'm planning on doing. There are some pre-built mason mod wiring harnesses on ebay with control plate, knobs and completed wiring. Would you guys recommend those for someone who isn't that knowledgeable on wiring? I can handle a standard tele configuration but this seems pretty complex.
     
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    Could you pull it off with Strat wiring, or do you want to be able to switch in the middle pickup on all positions?
     
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    kgguitarplayer Tele-Meister

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    I'd rather be able to blend in the middle pickup with the second volume control.
     
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