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Old 09-26-2017, 01:49 PM   #1
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I'm about to start the upgrades on my $100 Squier telecaster. I think may leave it as is visually. Sort of a wolf is sheep's clothing. Even with the stock PuPs, the more I play it, the more I like it, so I'm excited to see how it sounds with better electronics.

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* Tonerider TRT2 Hot Classic pickups
* 4-way Oak-Grigsby switch
* CTS 250k audio pots
* .047 Orange drop capacitor
* Treble bleed kit
* Switchcraft jack

The bridge and tuners are working well, so I'm leaving them alone for now. The pickups are supposed to be very similar to the Classic Vibe 50s which I really like. I don't have a great feel for how the treble bleed affects the tone but I *think* I want the tone to be consistent as I roll the volume down.

I'm going to use the existing plate. I'll ream the holes to fit the US sized pots. The stock switch location is OK but I'm going to experiment with reversing it to see how it feels.

The 4-way will give me the option to run the pickups in series as well as parallel.

Everything will arrive this week but I won't start on it until next week at the earliest.
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Old 09-26-2017, 05:29 PM   #2
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I've only heard good stuff about the toneriders, keep us posted!
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Sweet!!!

I am still waiting on one pup and a superswitch before I can get my partscaster happening. But good on you!!
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You might find that a 047 cap is too much of a good thing, especially with a 250K pot.
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Old 09-26-2017, 11:39 PM   #5
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I'm mod'ing my tele cv too! Just waiting for the pickups which the mailman needs my autograph and can't leave it in my mailbox.

Mine will have:
  • Artec Giovanni custom single coil sized rail humbuckers with full 64mm rails. Decided on this because they're the only one with Alnico 5.
  • Fender 500k vol pot, was thinking of 1 meg, will try this 1st.
  • Fender 250k tone pot but has no-load option - goes straight to output.
  • OG 4-way for: neck/neck+bridge south/bridge south/full bridhe humbucker
  • Might have a flip switch to go straight to output from pickup switch

Fill is my advisor on this.

I guess it won't be a classic vibe anymore...

Good luck to us!
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Old 09-27-2017, 12:57 AM   #6
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I'm pretty ignorant regarding what capacitor to use. The 047 is what came in the kit.

If it's too much, how would the tone be affected? What would other capacitors do? They're inexpensive, so I don't mind swapping.

The whole reason I want to do this is to learn more about how it all works.

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I'm no expert, but bigger caps tend to have a lower shelving frequency, which means that as you turn the tone down, they cut deeper into the mid range, and this combined with the low Kohm pot might make everything warm and muddy, as opposed to just taking off the brightness. You could get a couple small caps, say a .022 and a 0.03 microF polyester film type, which is what I us,e and experiment a bit. Wiring mods are easy in a telecaster.
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Very cool! It's interesting that at least 3 of us are doing Squier Telecaster upgrades but we're all doing something different. I heard a clip of Slim's and it sounds great to me.

I get the no-load tone pot. That seems like nice touch. I may add that to the Strat at some point. Are you using the 500k pot to take the edge off the brightness? I'd been toying with a full-bypass switch myself but opted to leave it out. This is my first attempt, So I'm going to try to keep it as simple as possible.

I'm looking forward to seeing how your build progresses!

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I'm mod'ing my tele cv too! Just waiting for the pickups which the mailman needs my autograph and can't leave it in my mailbox.

Mine will have:
  • Artec Giovanni custom single coil sized rail humbuckers with full 64mm rails. Decided on this because they're the only one with Alnico 5.
  • Fender 500k vol pot, was thinking of 1 meg, will try this 1st.
  • Fender 250k tone pot but has no-load option - goes straight to output.
  • OG 4-way for: neck/neck+bridge south/bridge south/full bridhe humbucker
  • Might have a flip switch to go straight to output from pickup switch

Fill is my advisor on this.

I guess it won't be a classic vibe anymore...

Good luck to us!
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Sweet!!!

I am still waiting on one pup and a superswitch before I can get my partscaster happening. But good on you!!
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Just to be clear, I opted not to use 500k pots because I was afraid things would be too trebly/bright. I wanted to get away from the ice-picky treble tellys are known for. In my vid clip, my tone knob wasn't wide open, but even if it was, it wouldn't have been piercing, while retaining some telly twang.

Also, you can't escape how your pups are voiced. I just lucked out with my first choice in pups. I really love the DiMarzios.
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