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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Telecasters / The 4 way switch

littleuch
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Jan 5th, 2019 09:45 AM   Edit   Profile  

This is my 2nd go around and I'm still not sure. It's like the middle position on steroids and the 4 position switch ergonomically and aesthetically messes with my head. Since I don't gig I'll keep it, just not sure if it'll really bring anything to the desk come recording time.

Leftee
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Jan 5th, 2019 10:21 AM   Edit   Profile  

I challenge you to find a use in a song you record. (-:

littleuch
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Jan 5th, 2019 11:04 AM   Edit   Profile  

Every time I put in new pickups I tell myself I'll record a track to feature them, then never do. Maybe I'll give this a whirl.

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Jan 5th, 2019 11:13 AM   Edit   Profile  

I liked it in a gigging guitar because the partial humbucking operation in the 4th position (series) helped cut noise in some places that had bad wiring.

Te 52

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Jan 5th, 2019 11:55 AM   Edit   Profile  

I like that thicker, gutsier sound of N*B in series. In fact, I like a 5-way switch which adds N*B' in series out of phase.

But I admit that gets away from the stripped-down minimalism of the Telecaster.

(This message was last edited by Te 52 at 01:56 PM, Jan 5th, 2019)

Mick Reid
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Jan 5th, 2019 08:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

I had done the 4-way switch in my CV 50's Tele a few years ago and eventually went back to the 3-way.

Like you Larry, I just didn't find myself using it and the tone just wasn't what my brain hears when I think 'tele'. If that make sense.

Then again, I struggle with humbuckers too...


musicalmartin

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Feb 16th, 2019 12:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

Worth fooling with pickup height on 4 way teles .Makes a huge difference if you hit it right .

Te 52

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Feb 16th, 2019 09:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

If you like the fourth sound but can't tolerate the switch ergonomics, you can use a push-pull pot for your volume or tone control. Pulling the knob up puts the pickups in series in the middle selector switch position.

That way it's there if you need it but the rest of the time it's just your standard Tele.

(This message was last edited by Te 52 at 11:40 PM, Feb 16th, 2019)

musicalmartin

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Mar 11th, 2019 02:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have Van Zandts in my Tele .I fitted a 4 way and didnt like it much but after some pickup hight doodling its great so maybe what you think are good pickup hights arent .It also improved the sound of the others so it worked all round .My four way gives a hotter bluesy sound more like a P90 .

littleuch
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Mar 11th, 2019 02:16 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'm living with the 4 way well enough, though I've yet to do any recording.

Curious if you guys have any specifics on the pickup heights you've settled on. (bass side/treble side, neck/bridge).

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Mar 19th, 2019 06:41 AM   Edit   Profile  

I put a 4 way switch in one of my Teles a couple years ago. I heard all the hype, but felt it didn't live up to it by a long way. The Tele is just such a great guitar as is, the 4 way switch just isn't needed, IMHO...

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Mar 19th, 2019 08:24 AM   Edit   Profile  

I like the 4th position. When I was still playing at church last year, I used it a few times for solos or little melodies during a slower, low-key song. Thickens the tone and takes it closer to Les Paul territory, IMHO.

Te 52

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Mar 19th, 2019 10:25 AM   Edit   Profile  

"...Thickens the tone and takes it closer to Les Paul territory, IMHO..."

That's a good way to put it. In fact, in the fourth position you effectively have a typical Gibson-style humbucker, except that the coils are several inches apart rather than right next to each other.

(This message was last edited by Te 52 at 12:43 PM, Mar 19th, 2019)

stinger22

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Apr 22nd, 2019 06:05 PM   Edit   Profile  

Loved it live and still use it in the home studio. Instant boost and thicker.

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