Broadcaster "Dark Circuit"....

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  1. Texicaster

    Texicaster Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    So I just got a new CS Broadcaster with the "dark circuit" CS installed. It comes with a Fat 50s Tele harness to swap if I don't like....But A-B'ing a bit of a hassle and curious of opinions of those who have faced similar decisions and if a swap was cool or you went back "dark".

    Fender brightened it up so it's not really a dark circuit like the originals. You get 2 neck tones.

    The blend is pretty cool and the only think really missing is a tone knob adjustment. Seems the blend covers 90% of what I want a tone control to perform......

    I'm leaning heavily towards keeping but super curious how the pups react to "normal" Tele controls.

    Thanks!
     
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    I have the stock broadcaster wiring in mine. The neck position with resistor is pretty much useless or unless you’re using it for jazz type stuff. However the neck straight through is wild and I love the bridge position and being able to roll in the neck. For what I play I never had the need to swap the wiring around to the more vintage/modern tele setup.
     
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    You can change the value of the resistor for the dark position. I used a .022 for my 50s T-style. I really like the BC blend.
     
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    First congrats on your new guitar.

    You could remove the resistor and run a jumper wire. Just put it across the where the resistor was. Replace the cap with a different value. I like .022uF It wont be as dark.

    But the "normal" wiring is more versatile. You have the tone control for both pickups. Plus you can use both pickups together.

    But you said you have 90% of what you want. The "normal" wiring with both pickups together or the bridge with the tone rolled off might be what you are missing.

    I tried both. I also tried the mods I mentioned. I the end I went back to stock. You have a little more options.

    Both pickups on with "normal" wiring sounds good too.

    You can get lots of opinions. But you are the only one that knows what you like. If it were me I would try both for a while.
     
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    I was never a fan of the dark circuit. I had it in an 99 AVRI. If I recall you go in between the selector to get both pickups.
    They gave you a kit to use normal 3 way switching but I was too lazy and clumsy to do it.
     
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    They changed it a little bit so it's not as dark. Here's the specs of the circuit. I'm not sure how the values alter the tone.

    Position 1. Bridge Pickup With Blender, Position 2. Neck Pickup with Volume, Position 3. Neck Pickup with Volume, 10K Resistor and .001uF Capacitor.
     
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    To me, on my Broadcaster, the third position is a little bit brighter than the second position.
     
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    same.
     
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    I meant capacitor as opposed to resistor. I think that the BC blend is just as " versatile " as the modern. Maybe even more so.
     
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    I love the dark circuit, I added a four way switch to my tele so I could have modern wiring and a dark circuit if I choose. Best of both worlds IMO. Congratulations on the new guitar. Enjoy it whatever you choose to do.
     
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    How did you accomplish this with a 4 way? Do you have a diagram?
     
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    No, my buddy has it. I’ll see if he will send me a screen shot.
     
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    He told me he does still have it and that he will send me a picture of it this afternoon when he gets off of work. I’ll post it here.
     
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    Here it is. 39069405-3430-4992-9D4F-968847AA3D60.jpeg
     
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