Please refresh the page and try again. If this doesn’t do the trick for you, it’s time to think about a replacement pickup. We recommend moving this block and the preceding CSS link to the HEAD of your HTML file. You can check that the switch isn’t back to front and the volume and tone controls work. Hooked: Kenny Wayne Shepherd on Jimi Hendrix's "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)", 4. The key to a successful installation is to focus on the screw and the rubber tubing supplied with it. Compared to the standard installation, this gives the pickup a little more treble bite. Essentially, this is a ring that protects the pickup, but leaves the top open. The Telecaster isn’t the easiest guitar to swap pickups on, we will admit, as you’ve got to de-string and take the bridge off to do it. Underneath the pickup or between the pickguard and the pickup. By #mc_embed_signup{background:#fff; clear:left; font:14px Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; width:100%;} Sometimes wax is used under there as a neat way of reducing microphonic feedback. Be very careful and don’t be tempted to jam a screwdriver in as you’ll damage the finish. A Telecaster’s neck pickup is also susceptible to damage. Dec 30, 2009 #2. hackworth1 Friend of Leo's Vendor Member. All my previous Teles have had the neck pickup … Traditionally, you have to remove the pickguard to adjust a Tele neck pickup as it’s mounted to the body. Some Teles have an extra wire trapped under the chrome bridge - this is the ‘bridge ground’ wire and is connected to earth. Two will be on the three-way switch and the other two will go to the back of a pot. Carefully remove the old rhythm pickup - don’t yank the wires yet! Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by martyb1, Mar 5, 2007. This design sounds marvelous on a Tele in the neck position, and not only for jazz, swing, and bebop. True singlecoils will have two wires coming from them: a ‘hot’ and a ‘ground’ but sometimes there’s a third that is soldered to the back of a pot. Posts: 3,578. We’ve got to figure out which wires are the ones belonging to our old pickups, give them a light tug and you’ll see. Ah—the classic Keith Richards configuration. Thank you for signing up to Musicradar. I'd like to be able to mount a tele neck pickup directly to the body because I like the look of no mounting screws on the pickguard. The enclosed Firebird pickup offers a bit more high end compared to the mini-humbucker with its open pole-piece row. I have pickguards to match the holes and I could drill some holes in the pickguard and mount them that way. Any sugguestions? Quick test: plug the Tele in to an amp and gently tap test the pickup by tapping a screwdriver onto the pole pieces. Mounting Tele Neck Pickup to Body Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by brandonwhite, Oct 21, 2014. PRS SE Hollowbody II Piezo: The PG Review, 3. Chop, chop! But remember, unless it’s a drop-in Tele design, installing a replacement neck pickup requires enlarging the pickup cavity and either buying a new pickguard or reworking your current one. (Total Guitar) 07 February 2018, Supercharge your Telecaster’s sound with a single-coil swap. Why is this? Mini-humbucker/Firebird. Design, CMS, Hosting & Web Development :: ePublishing. England and Wales company registration number 2008885. It’s starting to look like a Tele again! Whip off the ’guard with your PH1 screwdriver, making sure that you don’t lose any of the small parts. The bridge pickup has a crystal-clear, loud, and twangy tone, while the neck pickup delivers less volume and has a kind of husky, colorless sound. Read more: Fender American Acoustasonic Telecaster. Be wary of the torque that these are tightened up to (that’s the twisting force); when we screw these back in, we don’t want to … First Look: Hughes & Kettner Spirit Nano Series. Visit our corporate site. This guide will also cover two different types of lead pickup. Terms Of Use. DeArmond/Filter’Tron. Be careful threading these pickups, and look out for the exposed coil wire, as shown below: Damage can occur where the neck cover stops and the coil wire gets exposed. The benefits? To make adjustment less hassle, you can mount it to the pickguard like a Strat. and we’re upgrading to some swish ’64 Telecaster pickups. Joined: Aug 9, 2011 Location: Salt Lake City. Who is the best acoustic guitarist of 2020? Who is the best online guitar personality of 2020? Mounting a Telecaster neck pickup on the pickguard. Make sure this won’t spin and trash the delicate coil wires as you unscrew it. This DIY protector mat comes in handy at the workshop. Most players (myself included) don’t like its sound and simply don’t use it. When you mount a tele neck pickup directly to the wood, do you have to use the kind of screws that have a space at the top like this: or can I just use a regular threaded screw (like the one that came with my GFS pup)? Make sure that the solder tag can’t spin and wreck your lovely new pickup. Your Pedalboards 2020: Part Deux, 1. 2, Mod Garage: The Super-Flexible, Super-Simple Telecaster Wiring, Mod Garage: Exploring the Tele Pickup Palette, 1. When you switch from the bridge directly to the neck pickup, it sometimes feels as if something’s wrong. Future Publishing Limited Quay House, The Ambury, and we’re upgrading to some swish ’64 Telecaster pickups. Many rockabilly players prefer a Bigsby-equipped Tele with this pickup combination instead of a feedback-prone semi-hollow guitar. After removing the metal cover, if the coil wire is exposed you can protect it by wrapping it in some pickup tape. For the sake of this demo we’ve shown you how to solder a plastic baseplate lead pickup too. Our rhythm pickup and lead pickup are still hanging on! One of my personal choices is a P-90 soapbar pickup, but you can also use a P-94 in standard humbucker size. The ’64 pickups feature a copper backplate on the rear of the lead pickup, which saves a step. Let’s get stuck in by chopping your old strings off. If your pickups are back to front, just swap the two hot wires on the three-way switch. Lipstick. The solder tag is used to connect the pickup’s ‘ground wire’ to the bridge itself, as this helps to reduce humming in the circuit. We had the rhythm pickup mounted to the pickguard. I don't think there's enough wood in the cutouts to just screw the pickup into them, I think I need to improvise something. Thanks ahead. Dirk Wacker lives in Germany and has been a guitar addict since age 5. An outstanding combination is an Esquire/Nocaster/Broadcaster-style bridge pickup plus a P-90 at the neck. The patient of choice is a Fender ‘Tele-bration’ Bamboo Tele (a bit of a rarity!) This helps the pickup’s tone a lot, yet maintains most of the shielding. Now that we’ve explored Telecaster bridge pickups, we’ve arrived at the final stage of our journey: the neck pickup. We all know the magic tone of a Stratocaster neck pickup. Traditionally, you have to remove the pickguard to adjust a Tele neck pickup as it’s mounted to the body. Smaller than a Stratocaster pickup, the stock Tele neck pickup sports a closed metal cover and is usually installed with two wood screws that tap right into the body underneath the pickguard. Mar 5, 2007 #1. martyb1 Tele-Afflicted. With its glassy, twangy tone, the lipstick pickup is a perfect choice for funk, ska, surf, or reggae players. Jack Ellis In addition to the original Gibson version with its metal frame, some companies offer CC pickups in a standard humbucker shape, so putting one in your Tele is much easier than it was years ago. I'm getting a tele replacement body from Warmoth, and I want to mount the neck pickup to the body instead of to the pickguard. Loosen the pickup bolts (PH2 again) but be mindful of the solder tag that may be hanging off. Changing a pickup can really rejuvenate your old guitar, and with the Telecaster design there are hundreds of choices for upgrades - you can certainly beat those stock pickups. CLA EchoSphere: Waves’ free Black Friday VST plugin is a slap delay and plate reverb from Chris Lord-Alge. Unscrew the control plate and stash the screws. I want to mount a Telecaster neck pickup to the body. 7. Oct 21, 2014 #1. brandonwhite Tele-Meister. This guide will also cover two different types of lead pickup. Time to solder the new connections in. But remember, unless it’s a drop-in Tele design, installing a replacement neck pickup requires enlarging the pickup cavity and either buying a new pickguard or reworking your current one. The bridge should pop off now. He’s also a hardcore DIY-er for guitars, amps, and stompboxes and runs a website on the subject (singlecoil.com). Push the tubing tightly against the bottom of the plate to ensure the screws stay straight. We had difficulty as the bridge was stuck to the lacquer!