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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Telecasters / Why does Fender put a 1 meg pot in the tele thinline

Tony F

Long Island, NY

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Nov 9th, 2016 12:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Recently got a thinline tele and was wondering why the bridge pup was soooo ice pickie. Through my blues junior it was down right offensine even with the tone rolled half way back, well I come to find out Fender puts 1 meg pots in them. WHY?
Does anyone know the thought behind this. I'm having the standard 250k pots installed and will post how it sounds.
Now the tele thinlines I referring to are the mim 69 and the classic vibe I'm not sure what the new mia model comes with.

JohnS

USA

Nov 9th, 2016 06:15 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had a '71 Tele with 1 meg pots. During the late 60's to 70's that was the norm for Fender. Don't know the reasoning. Took them out and put 250's in and was much happier.

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Nov 9th, 2016 06:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've tried the 1 megs in mine and settled on the 500k..I've not tried the 250's..

one thing you can try is to lower the treble side of the bridge pup some..


MLC

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Nov 10th, 2016 08:04 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm guessing Fender did that to be "vintage accurate" although that's just a guess on my part.

The newer Jazzmasters also come with 1M pots, as well as the '72RI Thinline Tele (with the WRHBs) - all with the same results to my ears - too bright.

I put 500K's in my '72 Thinline and 250K's in my JM. They both sound much better.
250K's would make sense in the '69 Thinline.

(This message was last edited by MLC at 10:09 AM, Nov 10th, 2016)

Tony F

Long Island, NY

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Nov 11th, 2016 06:03 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well my bad for believing what's posted on the net turns out it had 250k pots not 1 meg from the fatcory.

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