Friend of Leo's
- Mar 25, 2021
- God's Country
Hi, HE. I’ll do my best.
I had put Fender CS ‘51 Nocaster pickups in my MIM Tele. I was looking for vintage wind and clarity. The Palo Duros resemble them in both clarity and response. The 4-way switching option was a game-changer for me. Having a “faux humbucker” sound available to me helps a great deal in live situations. My BSB Affinity Tele and my Red Sparkle Bullet Tele both have the 4-way mod and the Bootstrap Palo Duros; due to the different body woods, they sound slightly different - both good!
You might consider the pre-wired control plate rather than assembling it yourself. Some stock control plates restrict the throw of the 4-way switch. I used the 920D version in the Red Sparkle version with no issues regarding depth of the cavity or fit:
920D Custom T4W-C Upgraded...
NOTE: I paid $64.99 for this from Amazon in October 2021. (!) Give Jimmy at 920D a call and see if you can buy it direct for less. Seems sketchy to me.
I used the Performance Music version in the BSB Affinity mod. No issues with the cavity on the full-thickness Affinity body, but I cannot vouch for that on a Bullet model:
Tele 4 Way Wiring Harness w/Control Plate & Knobs-CTS-Switchcraft-Oak/Grigsby-Sprague
Both control plates had high-quality components and build quality. I’d happily use either one rather than soldering it up and having the switch bind on the plate.
Hope this helps! Good luck.
Thanks! I got a guy who's a whiz with a soldering iron.
Here's the kit I got for $35.99: