Wiring for a mid boost kit on a Tele, 2 knobs only?

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  1. KelvinS1965

    KelvinS1965 Tele-Holic

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    I recently fitted a mid boost kit to my Strat which I really like. I've noticed that there is are some Custom Shop Teles that have them fitted as well. However they only have 2 knobs (no concentric knobs to 'hide' the extra tone), so I was wondering if anyone knew how they wire them up?

    The '53 Custom Shop that I found advertised on GAK's website (UK shop in Brighton) says that the tone control is wired so that it 'act's as normal up to 1-10, but engages the boost at centre detent positon'.

    https://www.gak.co.uk/en/fender-cus...-53-tele-journeyman-relic-white-blonde/924694

    I had considered just leaving out the TBX tone control, so that I have master volume and the mid boost control. However, I've found with my Strat that being able to back off the mid boost and use some treble boost on the TBX gives a useful sound for cleaner playing, so perhaps if this could be achieved by some fixed circuit and a pull switch, then that would be enough to keep me happy. I don't want the visual clutter of adding a third knob or extra switches.

    If anyone has suggestions, including information on where they fit the PCB I'd be very grateful. :)
     
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    I found a few videos on Youtube with Paul Waller and the '53 Tele so I managed to glean a bit more info about the mid boost. I also found an older Guitarist magazine in my pile that had a small article about it. The PCB and battery goes under the pick guard, so I will have to route for that as there isn't enough room under the control panel.

    I understand that the volume control (nearest the 3 way switch) is a double ganged pot (a bit like the TBX tone control). Up to the centre detent the mid boost is effectively at minimum, but the master volume goes from zero to max. Beyond the centre detent the master volume stays full up and the mid boost increases to it's maximum. I have a spare TBX tone knob, so I'm going to try some experiments with it to see if I can achieve the same result using the two combined pots.

    I'm not clear if the tone control on this Tele is a TBX or a standard one (maybe 'Greasebucket' even), but I can experiment with that easy enough: The mid boost kit includes a TBX tone and I have plenty of spare pots and components for a 'Greasebucket' tone too.

    I'll try to remember to update this thread once I've done this mod, perhaps with a short recording of the different tones, incase it is of use to anyone else: I was playing my mid boost modified Strat at our band rehearsals this week and it is so flexible with the different sounds, yet still allows the original tones if I want. I'm sure it will be great in a Tele too.
     
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    I put a TBX tone circuit in this Tele as an interim measure. However, last weekend I put my other Classic 50s Tele back to standard (it was modified into a Hot Rod with a neck humbucker). Before I took the other Tele to trade in I set it up and played it; it sounded better than my white one and played better too. :rolleyes:

    Anyway, I stuck with the trade in deal and I have worked on the white one this weekend; I put a standard 250K tone pot* and 0.022uF orange drop cap back in, set it all up, played with the pick up heights, re-strung it and polished the frets...Now it plays beautifully and I'm really happy with the sound (Fender OVs in it which I changed as soon as I bought it).

    I didn't want to route a hole in the White blonde body for the mid boost PCB, so I've decided I'm going to use it in my Partscaster Esquire which I will just open out the neck pickup route to a humbucker size, then the PCB should fit in there.

    I will therefore use the selector switch to chose between different preset tone options (like many Esquires do anyway; cocked wah/tone in circuit/tone out of circuit). That way I will only need the two knobs for volume and mid boost setting.

    I think that will be a better use of the mid boost seeing as I've already bought it and don't want to butcher a nice guitar to fit it.

    I think it really suits the black bakelite 'guard too:

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