Take a look at some of the things you can do when you get to know more about the 3 Way Switch and the 5 Way Switch
The 3 Way Switch vs 5 Way Switch is a topic that can be confusing to many people, so we’ll start with some background information.
The 3 Way Switch
The 3 Way Switch is the one initially used in Fender Stratocaster guitars when introduced in 1954. The Stratocaster featured three pickups, and the three-position switch allowed the player to select one at a time. Continue reading “3 Way Switch vs 5 Way Switch — Advanced Stratocaster & Telecaster Wiring”
This time we’ll talk about modifying your guitar so you'll be able to coil split your Seymour Duncan ST59-1 pickup.
Before we get into our Seymour Duncan st59-1 coil splitting, we should talk about just what this modification is and why you may want to do it.
Coil splitting is when you use a switch to shut off one of the coils in your humbucker pickup. Continue reading “Seymour Duncan ST59-1 Coil Splitting”
In this post, we’re going to show you how to install the Seymour Duncan ST59-1 humbucker pickup into your guitar.
Seymour Duncan st59-1 wiring — let’s start with some basics: The ST59-1 is a mini-humbucker, designed as a direct replacement for the bridge pickup in a Fender Telecaster, but it will also work well in many other situations. The ST59-1 offers players hum-free operation and a thicker tone that still retains plenty of Tele Twang. This pickup is installed into your guitar using four colored conductor wires and a bare wire.
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Are you a huge fan of the Fender Telecaster Guitar, looking for more information? Well, we have answers to five of your most written and asked about topics.
Telecaster FAQ 1 – Which Fender Telecaster is the best?
There are many models of the Fender Telecaster, and there are just as many types of players that will argue over which particular model is the best so the answer is entirely subjective. Continue reading “Telecaster FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions about the Fender Telecaster”
If you'd like to add a dash of “Strat” tone to your Tele, you've come to the right place! In this article, we'll help you set up your Tele for Nashville Style wiring.
So, first things first. What is the Nashville Style Tele, how is it wired, and can you can modify your Telecaster so it produces its tone?
A Nashville Style Tele is just a Standard Telecaster with three pickups instead of two, and a five-way selector switch instead of a three-way selector switch. This Mod was created by Tele players looking to coax some Strat style tones out of their Telecaster while still retaining that crucial Neck + Bridge pickup combination not found on the Strat.
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If I have a humbucker in the bridge position of my Telecaster, can one of the coils be turned off with the three-way switch?
A reader asked about turning off one coil of the bridge humbucker in his Telecaster via the three-way switch. What he proposed is:
1. Neck pickup
2. Neck + one humbucker coil
3. Both humbucker coils
While I guess the answer might be technically “yes,” I am going to say the answer is in reality: “no.”
The reason is that we do not use “both coils” in the humbucker. We actually run one coil into the next coil, and it might be better to look at a humbucker as a Single Figure 8 Coil instead of two separate Single Coils. We can “split” the humbucker by running a (switchable) wire to Ground right where the one coil meets the other coil. This actually “shorts out” the second coil; it doesn’t shut it off. So, in order to split the pickup we need a path to Ground. The three-way switch in a Telecaster is a “Hot Wire” that selects which of the Hot pickup leads to send to the Volume pot. There is no ground connection available and adding one will short out the entire guitar. Without a ground we cannot split the pickup.
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Let's take a look at re-wiring a three-way switch for a standard Fender Telecaster guitar. If you have already tried out our Volume and Tone wiring guides, this would be a great next step.
Wiring Up a Telecaster Three-Way Switch
The information in this article will apply to any similar three-way “Lever” switches that are used in many different Strat style guitars. The Gibson Les Paul and several other similar guitars use a three-way “Toggle” switch and that discussion will be in a different article. Since the title of this article refers to Telecaster three-way switch wiring, I am going to use all of the standard Fender Telecaster values in the diagram.
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Here are some excellent Fender Telecaster replacement bridge pickups that have been designed for their high quality and great gain.
Rock Telecaster Bridge Pickups
The Fender Telecaster is actually a great guitar for Rock. The twangy sound fattens up nicely when run through some overdrive or a fuzz pedal. Even though many people consider the Telecaster to be a country guitar many great Rock players, including Jeff Beck, Mike Campbell, John 5, Richie Kotzen, Alex Lifeson, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, and Bruce Springsteen often use a Tele. One way that you might be able to help your Telecaster deliver a more Rock tone is to change the pickups. So, with that in mind, let’s talk about some of the best Rock Telecaster bridge pickups around.
The ones that we’ve listed here are of very high quality, and they were designed for Rock and for the great gain that they produce. So that means that we’ll be looking at humbucker pickups, which will allow us to run through overdrive or fuzz while keeping inherent noise to a minimum. We’ll be looking at pickups that fit into the bridge position of a Tele without having to modify the guitar, taking into account the slanted nature of its bridge pickup. So, if you’re looking to get a heavier rock sound, this list of the best Rock Telecaster bridge pickups should help you narrow down your choices.
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Great Blues tone is just an upgrade away. If you are a Telecaster player looking for the best Blues pickups, this list should point you in the right direction.
Many people think of the Fender Telecaster as a Country or Rock guitar but the Tele is actually quite good for playing the Blues. Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters, Albert Lee, and many other great blues players played a Telecaster. The combination of the biting, gritty, bridge pickup mixed with the warm, smooth tone of the neck pickup really work together to create the perfect instrument for playing the Blues. Right now, let’s talk about some of the best Blues Telecaster bridge pickups out there, and how you can swap out yours for one specifically designed with the Blues guitarist in mind.
We’ll discuss the differences between each, and what makes them great for creating a blues tone. The pickups in the bridge position of the Tele are known to be pretty twangy so in this post we will likely be looking to fatten up the sound just a bit. Continue reading “What are the Best Blues Telecaster Bridge Pickups?”
Thinking about your next Telecaster bridge pickup upgrade? Here are a few things to consider.
Telecasters are great… probably my favorite guitar of all. But when your Tele is stock, chances are that it came loaded with vintage style pickups. Depending on your rig and your style of playing, this may translate to noise (i.e. the dreaded 60-cycle hum), or in the case of the bridge pickup, a somewhat brittle tone, and few options. Here is a list of areas to think through before you make your final decision on your next Telecaster bridge pickup upgrade.
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