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    Default Wiring choices for a Nashville Telecaster?

    I've recently gotten hooked on a 3-pickup (tele/strat/tele) G&L ASAT Classic at the local guitar shop, but I'd rather have humcancelling pickups and, in particular, am interested in a firebird pickup for the neck. I really don't want to buy the guitar and immediately change out the pickups, re-route it, re-wire it, etc. So, I'm thinking about a similar "Nashville Telecaster" type project guitar.

    The pickup choices would be an SM-1N mini humbucker neck, Strat Stack Plus middle and Tele Lead Stack bridge. All pickups would be wired for humcancelling, no plans to split coils, no plans to wire out-of-phase, etc.

    There are seven possible pickup combinations:
    1. neck
    2. neck + middle
    3. neck + bridge
    4. neck + middle + bridge
    5. middle
    6. middle + bridge
    7. bridge

    I know I want combinations 1, 3, 6 and 7. Using a 5-position super switch I get one more choice. What should it be? I'm thinking 4 or 5.

    Of course, I could use a 5-position super switch and a 4PDT on-on-on switch and get all 7 combinations. Are the additional sounds worth the additional wiring complexity?

    Thanks for your thoughts.

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    Default Re: Wiring choices for a Nashville Telecaster?

    with a regular 5 way and a push/pull pot (or a mini toggle) you could get all 7 combinations by doing the 'add bridge anytime' mod ... that's probably the easiest to manage in a live situation

    good luck - have fun
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    Default Re: Wiring choices for a Nashville Telecaster?

    Quote Originally Posted by tone4days View Post
    with a regular 5 way and a push/pull pot (or a mini toggle) you could get all 7 combinations by doing the 'add bridge anytime' mod ... that's probably the easiest to manage in a live situation

    good luck - have fun
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    Thanks, I was thinking that the middle position would be the only position where the miniswitch would come into play so that position could be "middle" or "all" or "neck & bridge".

    It certainly seems easier to wire the "add bridge anytime". I assume that this mode that means the bridge is added to the "neck", "neck and middle" and "middle" positions, by having the bridge pickup bypass the 5-way switch.

    G&L has a similar mod on the Comanche, with the "expander switch" which jumpers the neck and bridge together in parallel, which makes the 1 & 5 positions "neck and bridge" and makes the 2 & 4 positions "all". 3 position stays "middle only".

    I'm trying to convince myself, which of these would be easier to manage.

    I've never been a strat player, so I'm coming at the sound possibilities for this wiring/pickup combination in a round-about way. I've started thinking about this setup mainly because I loved the "middle-bridge" quack I was getting on the ASAT. The "neck-middle" was probably my least favorite combination.

    So, for a typical nashville setup, are all seven combinations equally usable? Are any of these combinations much less usable than the others? Since I'm thinking about using a firebird neck pickup instead of a tele neck, I'm guessing that the "neck and middle" position may not be that useful.

    Also, would a middle and bridge in series selection be useful?

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    Default Re: Wiring choices for a Nashville Telecaster?

    sorry, havent tried these, so i cant give useful first hand info ...

    i do know that on my tele, the neck + bridge series combo is very useful (i use the duncan vintage stack for tele set) ...

    and i love the neck + middle combo (sultans, baby!), so we might just have different tastes ...

    i think i'd just go ahead and wire it up and see how i like it ... if you don't dig the extra combos, or if they are a bear to switch around in a live setting, you can see about wiring without them

    good luck
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    Default Re: Wiring choices for a Nashville Telecaster?

    you could do a blend knob for the center pickup "ala brent mason"
    using a 3way switch and a 250k pot for center pickup wire directly to output jack.

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