We’re changing the way we do assemblies at the minute – rather than offering 10 different versions of a setup, with a few little tweaks, we’re just going to make the standard loom completely customisable.
Obviously, it makes things a little more complicated, but we’re here to help if you need any pointers.
Probably the easiest way to think about this is to think of the assembly as its component parts – and as soon as you understand that, it all gets pretty easy.
The Standard Parts
Ok – might as well come clean straight off the bat eh? When we say we’re making these looms completely customisable, that’s not exactly true. This particular model is specifically designed to be used with single coils; simply because it’d get pretty daunting pretty quickly if we let you tweak every single part.
Pots – we always use CTS pots where we can, they’re top quality, they’ve got an exceptionally long life span, they’re what’s been used on the Telecaster® since day one, and let’s be honest, that’s the tone we’re chasing with this assembly.
Caps – You’ll see various discussions out there about which cap is the best, “which value/which voltage/what materials are going to give me the best tone?” – And there’s a whole raft of opinions as to the right answer. Rather than get drawn into it, we’ve kept it simple – you’re getting a 0.047, 100v Cornell Dubliner Orange Drop cap. Not because we don’t subscribe to the whole “great cap debate” – but it’s just the most bang for your buck you’re going to get. It matches up to the originals in terms of electrical specification.
Wire – we use vintage correct 22 AWG black and white cloth covered waxed wire. A dream to work with and has no adverse effects on your tone.
Socket – That’ll be a Switchcraft standard Mono, best in the business if you ask us, dead simple to get your head around how it works, and just like CTS – will probably outlast every other part on a guitar.
3 Way - This is what we’d call the standard setup for your average Telecaster® - it’s a full sized switch that’ll give you Bridge, Bridge and Neck in parallel and the Neck on its own – exactly how you’d expect if you’ve played any Tele® since about 1967! (Before then – wiring was a little different to say the least!)
4 Way - You’ll see this being called all sorts online (4 way mod, series/parallel wiring etc.) – essentially its exactly the same setup as the 3 way, but you get 1 extra position on the switch which gives you Bridge and Neck wired in series.
Tonally, that will give you a sound that’s similar to a Humbucker – more output, more bottom end, generally a fully, more aggressive feel.
Be aware though that you will have to have specific “4 way” pickups, or be able to modify your pickups to match. Not the most daunting task in the world thankfully – simply a case of breaking the connection between the start of the coil (usually the black wire) and any metal parts that are grounded through that connection – so you’ll have 3 wires coming from the pickup rather than the normal 2.
3 Way (Shallow) - This is a bit of a funny one really, and requires a bit of a back story to explain why we offer it – so bear with!
Functionality is exactly the same as the normal 3 way wiring (Bridge, Both, Neck) – but the actual switch is a much shallower design (at 25mm rather than 35mm), which means you can fit this assemblies to guitars that are just a little bit too shallow for a full sized switch (thankfully, they’re not too common nowadays, but there are still plenty of imports floating around that fit the bill)
Control plate – OK, it’s not the most interesting part you’ll find on your guitar, but it’s worth bearing in mind that we use a 32mm wide plate, which will be standard on 90% of Telecaster® styled guitars out there (there are other sizes, but they’re getting rarer and rarer by the day thankfully). When we talk about the assembly colour, the control plate is the main component of that, be it Chrome, Gold, Black, Nickel or Reliced, it’s a steel plate, electroplated in the desired finish.
Knobs – This was a bit of a bone of contention when it came to customisation to be honest. It was very tempting to offer knobs in different colours to the control plate and screws, offer them in different styles, different sizes. To be truthfully, it was just too much choice sadly, so we’ve limited you a little bit here – depending on your choices when it comes to optional extras you’re either getting solid shaft, dome topped knobs in the same colour as the Control plate. If you pick up the phase switch or wide range tone, then you’re getting push fit knobs (which work better with the split shaft pots well be using in those cases)
Tip – Again, too many choices to make this one customisable as standard, so you’re getting 2 tips with the assembly. There’s a Black Barrel Tip, and a Black Top Hat Tip (which are what you’ll usually see on your Telecaster®
Push/Pull Phase Switch – Completely optional, and one of the mods you’ll see commonly paired with the 4 way wiring setup. Very simple to understand – you’ll run the neck pickup through the switch, when it’s engaged, it’ll reverse the winding direction, and that’ll run both pickups out of phase, so when in position 2 or 4 (Bridge and Neck together) the sound will thin out considerably. Doesn’t sound the most desirable thing in the world, but it can be pretty usable – it’s a favourite in the office to run 2 pickups, in series, out of phase to get some really cool funk tones.
Be aware, in the same way you’d need specific pickups for the 4 way setup, that it’s also true for the phase switch – breaking that connection between coil start and the grounding.
Wide Range Tone Pot – we’ve always liked the wide range tone pot in the office – it’s a fairly simple idea, but it’s really well executed, and as you’d imagine, it just opens up a different dimension to the Telecaster®.
Put very simply, it’s a 250k Pot (which would be standard) from 0-5, and it’s a 1 meg pot from 5-10, so 5 on the dial would be your old “10” and everything up from that will be brighter.
Please note with both the Push/pull and Wide range pots, they only come in split shaft, so we’ll supply push fit knobs rather than grub screw mounting, and we’ll also supply the volume pot to match to avoid any confusion in the future.
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