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Building a 1963 Vintage Lake Placid Blue Telecaster - Bridge Assembly
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This part of the project can be like dealing with voodoo - sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. I thought about presenting pictures after each wire was connected but I realized that would be a) a whole lot of pictures; and b) I am by no means an electronics wizard. Instead I thought an overview of what the switch and pots look like when wired along with some tips on wiring the input jack would suffice for this section.

I thought using a 4-way switch would offer much more tonal capabilities so I readily embraced this task. What I found was a plethora of wiring diagrams for the Tele-4-way-switch - each claiming to be the "correct" way to wire the set-up. I settled on the wiring diagram that came with the Fender pickups - and that appeared to be a wise choice.


Building a 1963 Lake Placid Telecaster - Home
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The switch-pot assembly wired.

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My test wiring.

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The wiring assembly resting on the guitar body.

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Top view of the switch-pots assembly

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Another view of the wired assembly.

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Close up of the wire ends and the input jack.

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The input jack with the shielded wire attached.

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The tinned wire ends of the input jack shielded wire.

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Switch-pot assembly - partially wired.

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Switch-pot assembly with the input jack connected.

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Switch-pot assembly - side view.

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Taping the control plate with switch-pot assembly to the body to test.

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Using the tape allows quick access to the wiring if you need to resolder or reposition a connection.

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The knobs for the volume and tone pots.

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The control plate with the volume know attached.

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The reset tone and volume knobs - no major gap or visible nut under the knobs.

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The "two string" test.

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Another view of the "two string" test.

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