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Pickup switch location??

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Varmonter, Oct 27, 2020.

  1. Varmonter

    Varmonter TDPRI Member

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    I did a search and really couldnt beleive
    Nothing came up.
    I'm building my first tele. I'm putting
    What I think I want on it so it's not traditional ( think stetsbar) but when I install the control plate I'm thinking
    I want the switch at the bottom leaving
    The knobs closer to my picking hand.
    I've seen pics of them installed both ways and was wondering what everyone's preference is and why?
    Thanks.
     
  2. basher

    basher Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    I work the knobs a lot when I play, but not so much the switch. Flipping the control plate is a much better setup for me.
     
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  3. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    I moved, and changed type of pickup selector on all three of my Teles.
    I like it “up top”, where it is on a 70’s Tele Custom or Les Paul.
    I got used to it being there on my #1 guitar, my Gretsch (Chet).
    For me, it’s easier to get to, and quicker to use there.
    I know I’m in the minority, but having it on the control plate doesn’t work for me.
    Another thing I greatly dislike, and don’t use, is tone potentiometers.
    I generally excise, or disable it them.
    I also don’t want the pots too near my picking hand.
    I hit them, and either turn myself down, or dull my tone.
    Grrrr.
    I like the way my guitars sound “wide open”, and almost never use the volume or tone pots.
    Here’s my small Tele herd.
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  4. Weazel

    Weazel Tele-Holic

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    Someone will probably chime in with "that's not how Leo did it! Blasphemy!!", but I have reversed controls on all my teles because I actually USE the volume and tone pots.
     
  5. AAT65

    AAT65 Friend of Leo's

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    BB, you’re in good company with the pickup switch — Steve Howe famously carved up his 1955 Telecaster to install a Gibson neck humbucker and Gibson (style & location) pickup selector.
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    I went the other way and moved my SE245 selector from its Gibson-style position to somewhere more Fender-y:
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    You, me and Steve seem to be in the “guitars are tools - make them work for you” camp.
     
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  6. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    Amen, brother!
    I’m a working player, and my tools have to suit my needs.
    I bend them to my will, and play them a lot!
     
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  7. Amby

    Amby Tele-Holic

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    I like the standard set up. I don't have any problems with that and I use the switch and the tone pot a lot. I usually pick between the pu's so the switch &c. don't get in the way.
     
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  8. Ess Eff

    Ess Eff Tele-Afflicted

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    Switch? What switch?

    Don't need no switch when u got a blend control.
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    But if u insist on a switch, then do it properly.
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  9. Nick-O

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    This is what has kept me from being comfortable on the tele as I was brought up on the LP....wish I had the skills or whatever to get this set up on the right body.
     
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  10. Varmonter

    Varmonter TDPRI Member

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    Thanks for the replys.
    Well my build is well beyond the drill and rout stage so I'm not going to put it in the LP position. I may have done that
    Before finishing..And I'm out of lake placid blue.And yes this is a tool.
    For me as well. As a working musician
    this is going to get played.
    I dont even know how to place a value
    on a partscaster and although I am maintaining a smattering of originality, I'm not trying to pawn it off as a fender product.
    Just curious as to where is the best
    Place to logistically place the switch.
     
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  11. Telecentric

    Telecentric Tele-Holic

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    And then there is option C

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    I like them in order of priority. Volume up front for swells, 5 way switch in the middle and tone in back.
     
  12. CalebAaron666

    CalebAaron666 Tele-Holic

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    I flipped the control plate and changed the blade switch to a toggle on my Piratecaster.
    No regrets. It’s awesome.
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    A company called “RockRabbit” manufacture plates that fit a toggle switch.
     
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  13. Renegade

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    I prefer the standard layout (probably just because it's what I am use to)...but if your doing a build, putting the switch on the upper bout make sense to me. I gets it completely away from the knobs and it is still easily accessible.
     
  14. schmee

    schmee Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    I want this, no one makes it.
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  15. blue metalflake

    blue metalflake Doctor of Teleocity

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    I’m afraid I’m in the standard is fine by me camp
     
  16. Ghostdriver

    Ghostdriver Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    time to make your own...no ?
     
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  17. Ghostdriver

    Ghostdriver Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    I just made my own pick guard and control plate

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    I always flip my control plates.
    The regular way looks weird to me.

    Esquire-H here with a 4-way switch that individually controls either bobbin, including parallel and series humbucking.
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    Here's where I got the idea. A master example of how to use those controls too.




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  19. AAT65

    AAT65 Friend of Leo's

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    Standard Tele layout works for me — but one of those control plates that moves the volume pot 1/4” further away from the switch seems like a pretty good idea — can’t remember who makes them* (it’s the one mod I think about for my Elite Tele).

    *Edit: it’s Callaham
    https://www.callahamguitars.com/tele_body_controlplate_catalog.htm
     
  20. telemnemonics

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    The Tele switch is annoying because I can’t get my hand behind it where the knob is. Reversing the plate doesn’t help, but it sure is a popular common mod.

    My solution was to remove the switch and the neck pickup, then adapt, or maybe adapt to using a single bridge pickup first then remove the extra useless junk.

    Many instruments demand the player control their own tones, while electric guitarists are more dependent on circuitry.

    Play how you play and put the parts you need in places you can access them quickly and consistently I guess!
     
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