Reversed Control Plate Issue

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by DekeDog, May 14, 2019.

  1. DekeDog

    DekeDog Tele-Meister

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    As I've said in most of my other posts, I had a guitar tech install a pair of Fralin Steel Pole 42 pickups in my 2007, American Series Tele. The tech also installed a new control plate, which is reversed, that also came from Lindy's shop. When I got the guitar back from the tech and got it home, I noticed the control plate was not sitting flush with the guitar's surface. At first, I thought it might be wires getting in the way, then maybe screws were skewed pushing the plate up. Then I realized that the floor of the cavity holding the hardware on the control plate was not cut deep enough on the PU selector switch side. It was not a problem cutting the floor of the cavity about an eighth inch deeper with a wood carving tool so that the switch could set lower and the plate lay flush to the surface.

    While I was trying to figure out the problem I called Fralin's shop and spoke directly with Lindy. This was the first time he'd heard the problem. And though I didn't actually solve the problem with Lindy over the phone, I was impressed and grateful that he took the time to help me figure it out. But I also post this as a warning to those who have a similar experience that if you are planning on making that mod, you might want to check this out before taking the IQ test it took me longer than it should have to solve.


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  2. Preacher

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    Most MIM guitars have a shelf in their control cavities as well. I had a person who wanted the plate turned around and we ran into that issue. A little router work later and we were all good.
     
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    I don't think the pickups or the parts from Fralin are to blame. There usually a deeper spot under the default switch routing so if you reverse the plate the switch might bottom out, causing the need to carve out some extra area on the other end. Surprised the "tech" didn't mention this and returned a guitar in such condition.
     
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  4. Mike Simpson

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    Some guitars are routed deeper on the switch end. Some switches are deeper than others. Often it can be solved by bending the switch lugs on the bottom straight out at a 90 degree angle.
     
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  5. DekeDog

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    I agree, and I let him know I was not happy.
     
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    I had a similar problem installing N4 pickups with an S1 switch. The control cavity route in my MIM wasn’t deep enough for the switch. The problem was solved with a Dremel and a small wood chisel. The problem with pickup routes not being deep enough for the adjustment screws on stacked single coils was solved with a 3/16 wood drill bit. This is all part of modding. Done well, the result is usually worth it.
     
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  7. DekeDog

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    I agree. I used a wood chisel, and though the results were not pretty, once it was covered by the control plate, it looked great. I'm not worried about resale or decreasing the value. The fact is, this guitar is much better now than it ever was.
     
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    Lindy is awesome. I called the shop to discuss pickups for my Tele and he answered the phone. After a brief discussion he recommended his Tele Blues Specials. I love them and have been playing them for several years now.
     
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    I had a plate that was just bowed. Bent it a little the other way and it was fine.
     
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