A completely constructed Control plate, for a Fender® Telecaster® built with the 4 way switching mod, allowing for pickups in series as well as the standard options- so its bridge, both in parallel, neck, both in series, all controlled by 1 volume and, 1 tone - all the classic Tele® tones, but with a little extra muscle in the new 4th position.
Built using the highest spec parts - CTS pots, Oak Grigsby Switch, Cornell dubillier cap, 22 AWG vintage cloth hookup wire and a switchcraft socket, all connected together, ready to do, and mounted onto a beautifully plated control plate and barell knobs fitted.
The Standard Parts
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.
4 Way -I'm always suprised 4 way wiring hasn't become to modern standard to be honest - it gives you all the same tones as a standard setup, but gives you 1 extra position that really is something very different, and, really? Very usable! And thats both pickups wired in series (rather then in parallel, which is the normal position 2 wiring)
I wont bore you to death with an in depth explanation of series vs parallel wiring with pickups, but in a quick and dirty way, think of it like this. A Strat® or a Tele® when 2 pickups are "on", they're in parallel - literally 2 pickups "on" - and its great. Its a distinctive sound we all know and, ultimately, like.
Series wiring (which you're getting in pos 4 with this loom) has more in common with humbuckers - where you have one coil "on" but rather then going to output, the signal it is generating, is rammed into the negative of another coil, and that second coil finishes at output. This results in a bigger, more aggressive tone, with less signal loss (an inherent problem with parallel pickups) and more signal degredation (think of that as pickup heat)
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 or Nickel, 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 – Supplied with a Top Hat switch tip.(PLEASE NOTE - photo is with a barrel tip)
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Please note – these assemblies are made to order, and as
such, come under the rules and regulations pertaining to
custom work in regards of returns.