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FDP Forum / Guitar Mods, Repairs, and Projects / Telecaster Custom '72, 2x Volume & 1x Master Tone



Mar 21st, 2019 01:14 PM   Edit   Profile  


Couple weeks ago I got myself a black Telecaster Custom (TC-72, Made in Japan) and my plan was to mod it to only have one tone control, so I'd only have three pots; two volume pots and one tone pot. In the neck I'm using original 70's Wide Range humbucker and in bridge I'm using Bare Knuckle single coil pickup.

I'll use 1 Meg volume pot with Wide Range and with Bare Knuckle I'll use 250K volume pot, but what's the tone pot value I should be using? Originally, with Wide Range humbuckers, Fender used 1 Meg tone and volume pots. But since I'm using a Wide Range in neck and a single coil in bridge, what's the most ideal pot value to use for master tone, for both neck and bridge pickup? Tone-wise, I'd like to get as much out from bridge/neck pickup alone as possible and when played together.

I don't want the Wide Range sound too "muddy", but on the other hand I'd like to get as much out from the bridge pickup as possible.

Some say with 500K tone pots on Tele you get more treble from the bridge pickup, but it may sound too brittle and bright. With 250K tone pot, I feel the Wide Range would sound too dark.

Feel free to comment and give out your thoughts!

Thanks in advance!

(This message was last edited by Revo at 03:20 PM, Mar 21st, 2019)

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Mar 21st, 2019 08:23 PM   Edit   Profile  

Howdy Revo!

If that were my Tele, I'd use a 300K linear pot for the tone control with a .022uf cap.

On the volume pot for the WR humbucker, place a .001uf across both ungrounded tabs. That will keep the WR humbucker sparkly as you roll off the volume control.

Don't waste your money on expensive caps like Xicons or Orange Drops. The little cheap ceramic disk type caps work just as well because we're dealing with a few millivolts AC.

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