I just did the 4-way mod in a telecaster for a friend. Nobody has it listed anywhere on the web that I could find. That Broadcaster with blend will haunt me until i try it! I also am making a pick guard out of some quilted cherrywood that showed up in my firewood. That leaves a 1/4-inch nub of wire connected to the cover. It's a given that the bridge will be the heart of the sound, but our Telecaster pickup sets are designed to give you an additional tonal counterpoint in the neck pickup. I want to tell you about three of my favorites. Without counting the numerous Custom Shop models on offer, there are currently 36 Telecaster models available across the Fender and Squier brands. There are some really nice blends in there that you can’t get with the standard wiring scheme. I have an idea about installing it in the neck position with another bucker at the bridge. We also lowered the pickups and it didn’t solve the problem. Funny coincidence, I’m looking to upgrade my Tele so it matches up with my Jeff Beck & Eric Clapton strats. Check out our wiring page to see if what you need is there: http://www.seymourduncan.com/wiring-diagrams, and if not, you can post this question to our User Group Forum: http://www.seymourduncan.com/forum/forum.php. With the picks out of phase there are fantastic nasally tones galore. Although the coil is taller and skinnier than a regular P-90’s, chunky ceramic … All to avoid a lot of nob twisting when I change guitars. Attach a new wire to that, and connect it to ground. I’ve been thinking about adding EMG’s but you need a battery. The switch also work as a kill swich between the brigde pickup and position 2. I got inspired and did this one (with the standard components, 3-way switch, just resoldered) 1. There’s a trade-off, though: You don’t have a regular tone control. Wow, these are some really cool options to consider. How would I do this? I tested it and the Red is Hot and the white is neg. Powerful and bright sound. I’d use one of those push/pull switch pots if I was you. Santa Barbara, California. Got one thats OK, but would like to see the official Seymore Duncan version. I hope it has something to ID it, but I’ve temporarily misplaced it, shucks.. My idea is to cut up a stock Tele bridge plate so that it “hugs” the end of the fretboard, and routing the body enough to install a Tele bridge humbucker in both positions. So this is probably not a good choice for players who like using their tone knobs for wah-type sounds. (Old neck position) pickups i series with the cap between them. Hi, I have purchased the Quarter Pound set For My Telecaster A.S, My repairman installed them as instructed with the page that came with them, and there is noise and feedback in all 3 Switch positions, when touching the volume and tone there is also reaction. Does anybody know what pickup this is and how is this wired in a 4 way switch setting? But you need to make one important adjustment: The neck pickup’s cover has to be grounded with a separate wire. I designed a version for Alan Dutton, Jeff Beck’s road manager. Here’s something amazingly cool about the Broadcaster with Blend circuit: If you add a switch to put the neck pickup out of phase, there are a million cool tones available by using the bridge pickup and blending in the out of phase neck pickup. McNelly T-Bar. That position 3 sound is too dark for a lot of players, though some guys like it for playing jazz or faking bass lines. One of the great things about the Telecaster is the fact that there are so many cool alternate wiring schemes you can use. So does this make the White wire a Coil tap? How about wiring the standard 3-way switch (already installed) with the series (humbucker) wiring, replacing the bridge-pickup-only switch position? With this wiring, position 1 is the bridge pickup, position 2 is the neck pickup, and position 3 is a dark neck pickup tone with all the treble rolled off. The downside is you dont have the traditional tone-control. In this position, you can blend the pickups as you want and achieve all three traditional telecaster sounds. I use the 3rd type, but with the addition of a pull switch on the tone pot to put the neck pickup out of phase for yet another range of sounds. Any suggestions for wiring Vintage Stack® Tele (lead & rhythm) STK-T3b & STK-T1n using 4-way switch ? can I use the 5 way switch without the tapped pickup? It’s also great with our Five-Two® for Tele pickups, which session players like Brent Mason and Dean Parks like because they provide great Tele twang, but with a slightly tighter, more focused low end. But the coolest thing is, when you’re in position 1, the tone knob acts as a blend switch, and you can mix in as much or as little of the neck pickup as you like. With this wiring, position 1 is the bridge pickup, position 2 is the neck pickup, and position 3 is a dark neck pickup tone with all the treble rolled off. Thank you Mr. Seymour Duncan, my guitar is now better installing the AHB 2B, just an Ibanez Gio, sounds so great! This gives you the usual Tele sounds in the first three positions. Is there an easy way to wire the 4-way switch so position 1 is the bridge pup solo, # 2 is the bridge/neck in series, #3 is bridge/neck in parallel and #4 is neck solo? I am doing this mod now and have a double hummbucker at the bridge and an S1 switch in the volume pot, my tech could not seem to get the wiring right, I hope this helps my tech with this problem. But in the other two, you get the beefier, full-output bridge pickup alone, and the full-output bridge pickup mixed with the neck pickup. Thanks for the article. Hey don’t know if anybody’s listening but I need a decent schematic or layout for a Tele with one single coil, one humbucker and a 5 way switch. your help please Thanks In advance Sarit Kleinman. Can these wiring schemes be done with a Liberator? Copyright © 2020 Seymour Duncan. I have a Seymour Duncan that has A N1 sticker on the bottom, It has staggered pole pieces on the top and rails on the bottom of the pickup. The concern might be that when switching from series to parallel the current could, for a split second, travel both paths. In this first two positions, the old tone-control does nothing. Tried the 4-way switch thing, but found out I’m using just the bridge pup alone and the bridge and neck pup in series – which means I have to switch from the 1st position to the 4th position, which gets irritating while your trying to play solos. I am looking for a PANNING POTENTIOMETER instead of using the Toggle Switch to move the 2 pickups from bridge to neck to its fullest potentials. look up “Blend Pot”…I haven’t tried it, but it can be done. The next idea uses the Tapped Tele pickup I developed. That means you have to flip the pickup over and cut the little un-insulated jumper wire that connects to the cover. When you install this with a 5-way switch, you get the usual vintage Tele sounds in three of the positions. (Old middle position) pickups i series. It’s a big boost in output and a big, fat tone. Just got the little 59 for my tele’s bridge, and am thinking of a 4-way setup. Our entire Telecaster line is vintage inspired. How can I best identify the exact model? For a super-authentic tone, try this with my Vintage Broadcaster Pickup Set. How about wiring the standard 3-way switch (already installed) with the series (humbucker) wiring, replacing the bridge-pickup-only switch position How would I do this? Man, there are just so many great Telecaster wiring options. I was curious if that’s what you were doing. Broadcaster Blend Wiring The first one is the oldest one: the original Broadcaster wiring scheme with a blend knob. Priced from a just couple of hundred sheets to well over two grand, the intrepid explorer will encounter Telecasters toting a variety of tone woods, neck shapes, and pickup outputs. (Old bridge position) pickups in parallel. i use the 4 way with my tele clone (tokai) … its fun to have a ‘more oomph’ setting available one of my fav tele wirings is very unorthodox … standard volume knob … then, a blender knob that is neck-only when rolled off all the way, 50/50 mix of neck/bridge at the center detent, and bridge-only when rolled all the way open … then, the 3-way blade switch becomes a tone control with a few resistors switched into the circuit to function like a partially rolled-off tone control … use a regular tele wiring to discover what ‘part way’ resistance readings of the tone pot sound good to you … i liked no resistance, 100K ohms, and 250K ohms for my 3 settings … to be honest, i rarely even left the ‘no resistance’ setting because the blender knob and varying in my picking technique gave me all the tonal range i needed, Can someone point me to a wiring diag for a Tele, Tele neck single (2 cond), Seymour Duncan STK T2b (4 cond), 5-way switch (neck only, neck and bridge series, Bridge parallel, Bridge one coil, Bridge Series), 2 VOL no tone. Any thoughts? But in position 4, you get both pickups in series like a humbucker. We sell Tapped Tele pickups individually, and as part of the Custom Shop ’53 Tapped Tele Model T Guitar Shop Set, which includes a 5-way switch. Jason often heard from customers that their vintage Telecaster neck pickup was closed-in sounding, compressed and uninspiring. I really like the tone in your video of the ’53 Tapped Tele. Attach a new wire to that, and connect it to ground. This is another cool wiring scheme that gives you all the traditional sounds plus something extra.