Harley Benton TE-30

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Don't swap out pickups. Really. Replace the Pots, caps, jack, and switch with regular Fender MIA brands. Spend time adjusting pickup heights and bass/treble tip with your ears. If you still need tone tweaks then source pots and caps in different ends of their tolerance bands (pots have factory spec 20% tol range).

I'd use a four way switch to give you the series humbucking tone of a Les Paul Junior. Rotate the control plate for Vol up front, then Tone, and Switch to the rear. Those are my Tele automatic mods.

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It's actually a 40% range on standard pots. ±20% or a range of 40% total.

For example, standard 500k pots can range from 400k to 600k. 200k range or 40% of 500k (from 80% of 500k to 120% of 500k)
 

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It's actually a 40% range on standard pots. ±20% or a range of 40% total.

For example, standard 500k pots can range from 400k to 600k. 200k range or 40% of 500k (from 80% of 500k to 120% of 500k)

I tested out a batch of 20 500k mini pots I bought on EBay (from China) for cigar box builds. All but 2 were within 10% of 500k. The other 2 were around 420k. I marked those 2 for potential use with single coils. While 20 isn't a good statistical sample size, I'd guess that in a larger sample it would be about 10% to 15% of the pots would be outliers.
 

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This is mine!

It's an older model, got it new in 2008, it was the cheapest guitar at the time.
Had to level and polish the frets and to spray the fingerboard that was completely bare wood.

Around 2014 I've changed its neck pickup to a humbucker (Epiphone), also changed the bridge from a top loader to a through-body.

It's a fine guitar now, I use it a lot actually.


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i bought a te 62db and it's been amazing out of the box...i've had it 3 days and have put about 10 hrs on it...i actually really like the pickups...the middle pis is as good as i've heard...now i want a sc-450 p90 gt
 

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