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    Default Telecaster 5 way switch

    is it possible? what options would I have with just 2 pickups?

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    Default Re: Telecaster 5 way switch

    If you have a "tapped" bridge single coil, then you could wire it like this:

    http://www.seymourduncan.com/support...pped_tele_5way

    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.

    http://www.seymourduncan.com/support...matic=tele_4ws
    Last edited by DMyers77; 12-03-2010 at 04:21 AM.

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    Default Re: Telecaster 5 way switch

    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.

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    Default Re: Telecaster 5 way switch

    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;
    Bridge PU
    B + N (parallel)
    Neck PU
    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.

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    Default Re: Telecaster 5 way switch

    No, my pickups are standard hot+ground type single coils. I already have a phase switch...

    what about a push pull pot?

    if I used a 500k one, would the single coils be too bright? what if i used it as my tone pot?

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    Default Re: Telecaster 5 way switch

    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.

    http://www.seymourduncan.com/support...matic=spr96tip
    Last edited by Funkfingers; 12-03-2010 at 09:28 AM. Reason: Link to schematic

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    Default Re: Telecaster 5 way switch

    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

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    Default Re: Telecaster 5 way switch

    Quote Originally Posted by andrizzle View Post
    This very well be a bad idea... I apologize in advance if it is
    T'is. The collector wire arrangement means that it just feels like a three-way Tele with obstructions in the lever action. Just think. Three identical middle positions!

    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.

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    Default Re: Telecaster 5 way switch

    You could do the "Joe Wilson Wiring"...

    http://www.seymourduncan.com/support...he_joe_wilson/

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    Default Re: Telecaster 5 way switch

    I think I'm going to scrap this idea and try something else, maybe a push pull pot.

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    Default Re: Telecaster 5 way switch

    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.

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    Default Re: Telecaster 5 way switch

    I does it on my tele like this (it is allsome):

    neck
    both series (mega)
    both parallel (normal)
    both series out-of-phase (wakawaka)
    bridge


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    Default Re: Telecaster 5 way switch

    Quote Originally Posted by santellan View Post
    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.
    Oops, I forgot about the superswitch.....

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    Default Re: Telecaster 5 way switch

    Does the JD wiring use a 5 way?
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    Default Re: Telecaster 5 way switch

    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.
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    Default Re: Telecaster 5 way switch

    Quote Originally Posted by Benjy_26 View Post
    Does the JD wiring use a 5 way?
    Superswitch and a bunch of caps and resistors. I have the wiring digram from Peavey.

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    Default Re: Telecaster 5 way switch

    Methinks I may have to get that schematic so I can "JD" my Thinline.
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