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School project tele

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by Camritch, Feb 8, 2017.

  1. Camritch

    Camritch TDPRI Member

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    Hi, I'm a 16 year old student about to embark on a project to build myself a Thin Line Tele, I am a capable woodworker and proficient multi-instrumentalist. Many of the instruments I play are ones that I have built myself so I'm no stranger to making instruments.
    I plan to run a body microphone, SD Hot Rails Bridge and an SD Alnico 2 lipstick on the neck for this, and i mocked up a plan for a wiring diagram for this, featuring two, 3 way switches, a volume for the mic, a master volume and a master tone. I am looking for any suggestions to this diagram, but nothing too major, as I designed it with the aim to have total control over the sound produced, I am mostly looking for input on small errors that I may have made, as this is my first homemade schematic.
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  2. jvin248

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    I have used the acoustic under saddle wire-type peizo pickup on a Tele, cutting a small channel under the bridge and placing the pickup in line with the saddles. However, like acoustic guitars, it needs a pre-amp. Not sure how your microphone works or not but you should test it and see what you might need. There are some small pre-amps on ebay for a few dollars but then you'll need a battery and battery access. Get one to test.

    I'd be tempted to put in a 5-way Strat switch with a Dan Armstrong blender pot. One way is a regular Strat operation, the other gives a Les Paul 'neck and middle' humbucker or 'bridge and middle' humbucker. I've done this on three of my Strats lately and it's useful, easy, and transparent (on a Strat) as it uses the extra tone pot. The blender allow bringing in one end or the other to the tone too.

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  3. Camritch

    Camritch TDPRI Member

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    Hi, i added the 2nd 3 way as a way of choosing which coils I use from the humbucker, I've used a blend pot in one of my basses, and found that they aren't always easy to wire up and make work. I have a piezo system in the ukulele I built, and found that it works very well, and I planned to use the same product, wire a pot in for volume and then through the MV as a full control. It's a school project, and I saw this as a way of experimenting with a custom schematic now, rather than on one of my other projects
     
  4. philosofriend

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    The body mic will almost certainly need a preamp. I tried this on a guitar using a premade commercial piezo bridge. I could just barely make it work without a preamp by using a much higher ohmage volume pot on the piezo only. You could sort of blend the sounds, but the piezo tone was too thin to be satisfying. If I ever did anything like that again I would get a proper preamp.
    Congrats on figuring out how to draw the wiring on your computer. Looks good, the only thing I see missing is that the third lug on the volume pots should be grounded to the case (you already knew that.)
     
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