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Single (NECK) Pickup Esquires

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by markesquire, Apr 13, 2009.

  1. markesquire

    markesquire Tele-Afflicted

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    Has anyone ever built one of these? The tele neck has always been my favorite pickup. I always wandered what a GREAT tele pickup (even a charlie christian) would sound like with an esquire wiring, permitting a switch option that sends the neck pickup STRAIGHT out to the amp.
     
  2. weiner71

    weiner71 Tele-Meister

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    I want to see this
     
  3. sekt88

    sekt88 Banned

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    Deciding on whether to make a pickguard or order a bridge with no pickup route. Currently, it has a Häussel P90. An HArmonic Design z90 is next at bat.
    Allparts TMO-Fat neck, actually it is obese, but plays like butter with three coats of french polish. The body is a single piece Swamp Ash from which I removed the nitrofinish and hit it with a black french polish then sanded it back for a mild relic look.
     

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  4. DILLIGAF?

    DILLIGAF? Tele-Meister

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    Sounds very interesting. Personally I would wire it:
    1. Volume and Tone
    2. Volume only
    3. Direct to amp

    I think it would sound amazing with a P90 or a Charlie Christian pickup.
     
  5. Mightyaxeman

    Mightyaxeman Tele-Afflicted

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    Someone posted this before.
     

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  6. markesquire

    markesquire Tele-Afflicted

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    Agreed. Lollar Charlie Christian wired to go straight to amp would be unadulterated tonal bliss, but wouldn't make for a very "practical" build.
     
  7. markesquire

    markesquire Tele-Afflicted

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    I can just see a creative Creston Guitars build now . . . . Like the e5quire was customized to only have 5 pickup magnets, 5 tuners, and 5 ferrules (http://www.crestonguitars.com/gallery/detail.php?gid=79), the NECKSQUIRE would have a traditional bridge plate, but with no holes for a bridge pickup or mounting screws. Also, it could be wired BACKWARDS from an esquire, so the "straight through" setting happened when the switch was in the "neck" position. A very cool idea.
     
  8. IrishMail

    IrishMail Tele-Meister

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    A month ago, I finished a neck-pup-only build for the $100 challenge. By using a rail-type, I could also coil-split it by pulling up on the volume.

    Also incorporated was a Gretsch-style 3-way tone switch instead of a pot. Middle position still used the volume, but skipped touching any of the caps. Here's the wiring:
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    The entire build thread is still up, and while it didn't place in the top three, it was in the top ten (since there were only nine finishers!). The "Spa-Caster" thread is at:
    http://www.tdpri.com/forum/2009-%24100-tele-challenge/148300-completed-spa-caster-tdpri-%24100-telecaster-challenge.html
     
  9. DILLIGAF?

    DILLIGAF? Tele-Meister

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    IrishMail, that's a cool looking guitar. Did you use some parts from a Squier '51?
     
  10. kayarcee

    kayarcee TDPRI Member

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    Irish- do you have a soundclip of the Spacaster? I'd love to hear it.
     
  11. bingy

    bingy Friend of Leo's

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    Bad GAS! That thing is beautiful. I am always a sucker for the hybrids.

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  12. IrishMail

    IrishMail Tele-Meister

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    Thanks! Yes, my Squier '51 has a new pg from GFS that covers the controls, so I recycled the control plate AND the original pg for the $100 Challenge build.

    Sorry, no soundclip yet, but I played it for a local gathering today, and it's hot enuf with the Lil Killer pup wide open. The tone switch only goes to a .01 or .02 cap, so it never really gets down in the mud.
     
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