Does Anyone Play a Fat Nashville Tele: Humbucker Neck, Strat Middle, Tele Bridge

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  1. ktdcpa

    ktdcpa TDPRI Member

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    I'm considering building a Fat Nashville style Tele. Does anyone here have experience with the setup? I haven't settled on pickups yet, but assuming a 4 wire neck humbucker I'm considering the following wiring schemes.

    First would use a mini toggle and a push pull to achieve the following:

    1 - Bridge
    2 - Bridge + Middle
    3 - Bridge + Neck. Push Pull to give Middle alone. Mini toggle to split neck.
    4 - Middle + Neck
    5 - Neck. Mini toggle to split neck

    Another consideration is wiring the middle pickup to a toggle so I can turn it on in any position and ditch the push pull to get the following combos:

    1 - Neck Humbucker / Middle on
    2 - Neck Split / Middle on
    3 - Neck Humbucker + Bridge / Middle on
    4 - Neck Split + Bridge / Middle on
    5 - Bridge / Middle on

    Thoughts on wiring? Which would you choose or should I consider something else?

    I would love to hear your feedback on Fat Nashvilles and wiring suggestions. Thanks for the insight and I hope all is well.
     
  2. longknives

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    Have a look at the Free-Way 5B5-01 switch, it is a 5 way with 2 banks for a total of 10 voicings.
     
  3. Flaneur

    Flaneur Friend of Leo's

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    I have one that I bought from a neighbour. The pickups are great- a split Seth Lover in the neck, an OC Duff Strat pickup in the middle and a Keystone in the bridge. A mini toggle brings in the middle pickup and I use it as a boost. The humbucker split is activated by a pull volume pot.

    If I have a criticism, it's that I would like to be able to use the middle pickup on it's own. I may re-wire, with a 5 way switch and modified Strat setup, to also maintain the bridge and neck combination.

    The rat's nest can be a bit noisy. It's fine for gigging but I wouldn't use it to record. I'm sometimes tempted to pull the middle pickup altogether and put in a three way switch.
     
  4. zenguiar

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    Here's a thought. Using the Brent Mason platform and instead of having a 5way switch, add a blend knob so you can blend in the middle pickup to any combination you want. Then just a toggle to split the humbucker neck pickup. It's a good idea you have , one guitar many sounds, instead of bringing 5 guitars to a gig or session.
     
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    Sigler Music has wiring diagrams for the Brent Mason system, or used to.
     
  6. JDC

    JDC Tele-Holic

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    I have:
    1) Bridge
    2) Bridge/Middle
    3) Middle
    4) Middle/Neck
    5) Neck

    Mini toggle to turn on neck pickup so while selector is in position #1 I can get Bridge/Neck combination

    Push/pull tone knob to switch stacked bridge pickup from single coil to humbucker
     
  7. JeffBlue

    JeffBlue Tele-Afflicted

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    I love building my own and a 3 pickup tele is a beautiful thing. I IMG_0113.jpg IMG_0200.jpg IMG_0202.JPG IMG_0447.jpg IMG_0449.jpg
    didn't do any special switching options.
    Many of my pickup selections are not typical.
     
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  8. Digiplay

    Digiplay Tele-Holic

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    What is a Fat Nashville Telecaster?


    Please note that I have ulterior motives in my question, but they are altruistic ulterior motives :)
     
  9. JeffBlue

    JeffBlue Tele-Afflicted

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    I believe the Fat Nashville Telecaster has a humbucker in the bridge position.
     
  10. Digiplay

    Digiplay Tele-Holic

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    Is the bridge pickup shown in every photo (besides the last one) a Humbucker?
     
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  11. JeffBlue

    JeffBlue Tele-Afflicted

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    I may be mistaken....the humbucker pickup might be in the neck.
     
  12. Digiplay

    Digiplay Tele-Holic

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    Heck, you may be mistaken Jeff, but at least that's better than me because I'm the one who has NO idea what a Fat Nashville Tele is :)
     
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  13. JeffBlue

    JeffBlue Tele-Afflicted

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    Wish I could be of more help......I usually build my telecasters.
     
  14. BluesGuitarMart

    BluesGuitarMart Tele-Meister

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    I use that exact set up and absolutely love it!
     
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  15. Digiplay

    Digiplay Tele-Holic

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    Hi BGM!

    1) What bridge/saddles?
    2) What are the 3 pickups?
     
  16. ktdcpa

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    Oh my. Please tell me more. What switching do you run? Awesome instrument.
     
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    Fenderdad1950 Tele-Holic

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  18. Fenderdad1950

    Fenderdad1950 Tele-Holic

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    I learned somethimg new today, yes I live under a rock. I knew Seth Lover desigmed the Paf at Gibson in the 50s, then he went to Gender and designed the wide range humbucker using the now unobtainium CuNiFe magnets. But I had no idea he had his own pickup line. I really should come out more often:rolleyes:
     
  19. BluesGuitarMart

    BluesGuitarMart Tele-Meister

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    That's my Fret King Country Squire Special AGB, it's a thin line with a Broadcaster bridge pickup, Strat middle and a PAF in the neck. The neck can be rolled off using the bottom knob to make it a single coil. It's my most versatile guitar and also has an incredible neck. I have a feeling they're tough to get in the US though.
     
  20. JeffBlue

    JeffBlue Tele-Afflicted

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    No sir, those are all Seymour Duncan tele single coils, either Antiquity, Vintage or Jerry Donahue.
     
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