Who here leaves their Tele controls stock?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Mike R., Jul 13, 2019.

  1. DrPepper

    DrPepper Tele-Afflicted

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    I just change the knobs...


    I did buy a tele that had reversed controls and reversed them back to "normal"...
     
  2. DrPepper

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    I bought one tele that sounded like poo, until I realized someone had rolled the tone control 'way back...
     
  3. Guitarteach

    Guitarteach Poster Extraordinaire

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    No.

    Gotta reverse the plate for me.. the original is just not quite right.

    I also change the 4 way to single coils at the end too so any mid song quick change gets me the classic neck and bridge tones by whacking the switch - no hunting for the neck SC.
     
  4. EsquireOK

    EsquireOK Friend of Leo's

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    I think most people leave them stock.

    I change them...but usually not desperately, right away. I wait until I have nothing better to do, or maybe until I do some setup or fret work (so I have it on the table anyhow), or when I need to go in and fix something anyhow.

    I wire positions 1 and 2 like an Esquire, and position 3 like a Tele. I don't like the "notch" middle position in the modern Tele wiring, but I also don't like the completely treble attenuated 3rd position in the old-style wiring (doesn't let you use the neck pickup with its full e.q. range). I much prefer being able to have the bridge pickup either wide open or with the tone rolled off a pre-set amount at the flip of a switch. It improves the guitar greatly for the way I play live.
     
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  5. TokyoPortrait

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    Hi.

    Stock here, as far as the electronics go. Pretty sure that is all we're discussing.

    I am toying with adding a wee toggle switch between the volume and tone knobs for switching between series and parallel for the middle position. I think that's doable. I think I'd prefer that over a four way switch.

    For me, the idea's attractive for double tracking. Some kind of classic Tele tone panned one way, and the thicker humbucker-ish tone panned the other.

    Pax/
    Dean
     
  6. hotpot

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    I rarely mod my guitars in fact I've only ever modded one telecaster & that was because it was a NOS downgraded to 'B stock' guitar because of bad electrics.
    I kept the Wilkinson pickups (which were surprisingly nice sounding pickups) in it and I put a five-way switch with series parallel & out of phase options.
     
  7. Stu Cazz

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    Almost stock, considered to do the broadcaster thing when I installed the 51 nocaster pu's, but decided to just change the capacitor to an orange drop. I think it was the right thing to do having only one Tele. That way I can justify the purchase of a fat neck broadcasterish blonde beast in the future!
     
  8. FenderGuy53

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    I do. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
     
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  9. tfarny

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    My parts tele started out with a five way switch and "deaf eddie" wiring but I put it back to a three way and no gimmicks about a year ago, I never really used the other two sounds and a five way is too hard to operate live while singing.

    The Reverend in my avatar is the stock wiring for it, which include a pull phase reversal on the tone knob (which I will never use). It is going to get something interesting, and a reverse plate, but I'm not sure what yet.
     
  10. ricknbaker

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    Stock, unless something breaks. I'm looking at you, Tele jack socket.From what ive read on this forum over the years, once you start fiddling around it never stops.
     
  11. ClashCityTele

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    I have a 70's Tele. Those 1 Meg pots had to go!
     
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  12. Old Deaf Roadie

    Old Deaf Roadie Tele-Holic

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    When I buy a car, I tend not to remove & replace the interior or the drive train, and so it is with guitars, as well. Custom builds are a completely different story, however.
     
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  13. Skydog1010

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    I like for the volume to not effect the tone. The treble bleed cap/resister combo on volume pot does not always work for me either. Sigler has some hits ( and some misses) on tele control solutions.
     
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  14. burntfrijoles

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    Why change it? This has always sounded like a solution in search of a problem.
     
  15. Chicago Matt

    Chicago Matt Friend of Leo's

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    I do have to add a moderate treble bleed. I like the volume to control only volume and the tone to control only tone. Other than that, I think it's perfect as is.
     
  16. SPUDCASTER

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    Yes and no.

    Both:)

    Three have blend or switching to get N/B positions. A Strat and two Nashville's.

    One with a 4 way.

    Three are stock.
     
  17. Wallaby

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    Only if it already has standard modern wiring and 3-position switch.

    Anything other than that - out it comes.
     
  18. stratoman1

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    I liked mine just fine when I bought it. So it stays like that unless something breaks
     
  19. Greggorios

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    Agreed. Best of both worlds.
     
  20. jimilee

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    New pots and switches with 4-way wiring and phase reverse.


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