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FDP Forum / Guitar Mods, Repairs, and Projects / Question about installing a 5 way switch on my new tele project

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Pueblo, Co

Pulu si bagumba!
Feb 13th, 2018 11:40 AM   Edit   Profile  

I will using a broadcaster bridge pup and not sure about the neck and middle yet but my question is related to achieving strat like quack in 2 and 4.

I will need a rwrp pup in the center right? I really know little about how that works and I do not want to fumble on this. I plan on hiding the middle pup under the guard (not sure what I will need to do that) but advise me on this assuming it will be mounted like a nashville style.

I want to use the best possible pots and cap for this and would prefer to just buy the control panel complete, I can solder but I just do not want to mess with it. If you guys have a vendor in mind please share that. I am not seeing anything on ebay that has nicer pots for instance, is it Bourne or another maker that has pots that are better quality?

I am not sure how or what a tele bridge pup would sound like with a middle pup like on a strat in position 2. Anyone have a setup like this that you want to share about? I sold off some stuff and really want to put a little more into this one.

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Broke Down

in the Brassicas
Feb 13th, 2018 05:47 PM   Edit   Profile  

Is that a Fender Broadcaster bridge pickup? Do you know the resistance? I've been trying to find the specs and can't, but I'd assume it's going to be around 8k. That's going to be a lot hotter than your average strat pickup, and if your mid pup is low down under the guard then that might be a bit of a volume balancing act. If you don't get the volume at least roughly equal you will lose quack. And if you put a hotter pup in the mid position, hotter pups may tend to quack less.

You don't 'have' to have RWRP but you may find whatever you put in the middle ends up being different polarity anyway. If you're mixing three different pickups then testing the polarity beforehand would be useful. Uncle Stack Knob posted a link to Stew Mac's polarity tester recently, which looks like a handy device.

I use CTS pots rather than Bourne, as CTS can be dismantled. Not that anyone is ever likely to need to, but that's just me. CTS quality does vary a bit, with different vendors having different specs, it seems. StewMac's have brass shafts and 10% tolerance. They work! And I am firmly in the 'anything goes' camp for capacitors. If you want to know you're getting something well known and reliable then an Orange Drop will be a couple of quid in our money, and recently I bought a few WIMA brand from Maplin at 79p each. They work perfectly well, in three strats all with boutique pickups and good specs. Sorry I can't help with a pre-wired source, but I do notice pre-wired plates and guards tend to be very expensive for what they are. And, you get to choose your components if you do it.

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Feb 13th, 2018 06:01 PM   Edit   Profile  

Mail it to me and I'll solder it for ya.

CTS or Alpha and Orange Drops are what I normally use.

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Broke Down

in the Brassicas
Feb 13th, 2018 06:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

^There you go TRF, you won't get better than that.

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Feb 13th, 2018 09:12 PM   Edit   Profile  

"There you go TRF, you won't get better than that."


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Suburban MD.

You DESERVE an Ibanez Iceman!
Feb 14th, 2018 08:40 AM   Edit   Profile  

Also, you don't say whether you'd like the B+N "standard" Telecaster sound, so consider adding a push-pull or push-push tone pot switch to turn the bridge pickup on or off regardless of the 5 way position.
Running it what way also gives the "all 3" option, but my Strat with that layout isn't nearly as loud as I thought it would be. The B+N option is very cool, though.

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