Hello, I'm planning to mod my recently acquired MIM 50's classic Esquire to a Tele. Please dont give me any "keep it as an Esquire" or "why didn't you buy a Tele in the first place" . This opportunity just came up and the Esquire sounds GREAT! It is really light weight and rings like a bell, what a resonance. Even the fretwork is good.. The only thing I'm not that crazy about is the grain and the two tone sunburst, but I think I'm getting used to it. Anyway, no it's time to make it a Tele. The guitar already has a Fralin Broadcaster pickup in the bridge. The first thing to think about is the neck pickup. A Fralin vintage tele pickup would be the obvious choice.. I'm also thinkin about a SD antiquity for the neck, it's a bit cheaper and I'm on a budget here. How do you reckon the SD would couple with the Fralin? The Fralins ought to work together pretty well in any case, the bridge pickup sounds fantastic. I'm leaving the hardware as is for now, the tuners seem to keep the guitar in tune. I'll get compensated brass saddles from Glendale, but it will take month or so.. So here's the part I don't know anything about: the pots, switches and capacitors. I was checking the guitarpartsresource website out and noticed that I dont know anything about this stuff. I think my tech has all the parts, but I just don't trust him, he always charges like 20 €:s for a 5 € pot.. (and he's the only good one in the area) So that's why I want to get all the parts and just give them to him to put it together. What do I need? I want to upgrade the pots (is the volume pot different from the tone pot? how do they differ or is just the wiring? ), isn't 250k the standard? Is there a capacitor in the Tele circuitry? Am I happier with a higher quality 3 way switch? Do I need new wire? Does clotch wire "sound" better than plastic? Or is it just the cooler looks? Oh, and I'm getting a new pickguard as well, thinking about parchment. Does parchment somehow feel and look different from the standard plastic? So if someone could some this up and educate me a bit I'd be really happy.. Sort of make up a list that I need to get to get my Tele finished, I'll start: 1 neck pickup (SD Antiquity/Fralin) 1 5 hole single ply white pickguard 1 set of Glendale compensated Brass saddles for 10-52 strings Thanks!