is it possible? what options would I have with just 2 pickups?
If you have a "tapped" bridge single coil, then you could wire it like this:
If not, then there isn't much reason at all to install the 5-way switch.
A 4-way switch, however, would give you the option of running both pickups in series without affecting the sounds that you already have.
Last edited by DMyers77; 12-03-2010 at 04:21 AM.
With a megaswitch you could do the standard tele settings, plus phase swapped neck, and a bridge + neck in series mode.
That's assuming tele singles for bridge & neck.
The other old chestnut is to wire one of the pickups in phase in position #1 and in reverse phase at position #5. This way, you can get in and out of phase versions of the neck + bridge combination in switch positions #2 and #4.
Probably of greater interest to an Astrozombie is a 4-way selector switch, possibly with a phase inversion switch thrown in. The Fender Baja T circuit offers;
B + N (parallel)
B + N (series)
The phase inversion switch only makes any audible difference in positions #2 and #4. Although, for recording, you could use phase inversion to get weird frequency cancellations in double-tracked guitar parts.
I have to confess that my favourite version of the four sound Tele is the schematic lurking in the Tech Tips section of this website. I do not like the electrically out-of-phase sounds from a Tele very much.
Last edited by Funkfingers; 12-03-2010 at 09:28 AM. Reason: Link to schematic
Has anyone ever just installed a 5 way switch and then wired up the 1, 3, and 5 positions as a standard tele and then left 2 and 4 totally empty, so they act like a kill switch? I bet you could get some cool helicopter/chopping type sounds when you switch through all the positions really fast.
This very well be a bad idea... I apologize in advance if it is
EDIT: Actually, the one way in which your idea might be a good 'un is if somebody followed the early Tele circuit of bridge/neck/muffled neck. Your suggestion would add POS#2) bridge + neck in parallel, POS#4) neck + muffled neck. Presumably, half-muffed neck PU tone?
Last edited by Funkfingers; 12-03-2010 at 05:14 AM.
You could do the "Joe Wilson Wiring"...
If you plan to do the "Joe Wilson" wiring scheme you might have a fit problem if you use a standard superswitch in a tele. Try to get one that is especially made for it like this one
Last edited by santellan; 12-03-2010 at 11:33 AM.
Does the JD wiring use a 5 way?
Ain't nothin' but a G thang, baby.
I use the 4 way mod switch and the 4th position (both pickups in series) is just plain awesome. You can really tell the difference from position #2 (both pickups parallel) in that there was more gain and the overall tone was alot fatter and hotter.
Fender should just start making Teles with this mod. It's not like you lose the other 3 "classic" tele positions......youre just adding another one (that sounds better than the other 3 IMHO)
I use a Jerry Donahue in the bridge and a Antiquity in the neck, BTW.
I guess you would need a stack or Humbucker for a 5th position? HMMMMM.
Ibanez SZ320 (Pegasus/Sentinent)
Schecter S-1 Elite (Custom 5 /Jazz)
Schecter S-1 Elite (Screamin Demon/Full Shred)
Schecter S-1 30th Anniversiary (P-Rails Set)
Schecter Corsair w/Bigsby (Pearly Gates/Phat Cat)
Schecter CSH-12 String (Jazz/Pearly Gates)
Fender 52 Telecaster RI (J. Donahue/Antiquity)
"Fender" Custom Exotic Tele (Custom/Cool Rails)
B.C. Rich Son Of Beast (Custom Shop Invader)
Methinks I may have to get that schematic so I can "JD" my Thinline.
Ain't nothin' but a G thang, baby.