Wiring help for Telecaster: 1Hum, 1 Sc, 2 dual 250\500k pots

YOGA64

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rigg

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Here is the scenario: 1Hum, 1 Sc, 2 dual 250\500k pots, 1 3 way switch in a Telecaster.

These are the pots I'm planning to use:

https://www.crazyparts.de/electronics/cts-tvt-custom-pots/cts-500-250k-splitshaft-pot.php

This should be the solution to the age old problem of having to compromise the value of the pots, shouldn't it?

What do you think?

Will some kind soul help me with a wiring schematic please?

Thanks for all your help :)
Why wouldn't you use a 500k/500k for the HB and a 250k/250k for the SC so each pickup has it's own set of controls? As for a diagram you should be able to work from this:

https://docs.google.com/gview?embedded=true&url=https://www.seymourduncan.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/2H_3B_2V_2T.pdf
 

testing1two

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Why wouldn't you use a 500k/500k for the HB and a 250k/250k for the SC so each pickup has it's own set of controls? As for a diagram you should be able to work from this:

https://docs.google.com/gview?embedded=true&url=https://www.seymourduncan.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/2H_3B_2V_2T.pdf
That would work with dual concentric pots where each section is independently controlled, but the pots the OP refers to only have one shaft controlling two different sections simultaneously. So you have to put both pickup volumes on one 250/500 stack pot and both tones on the other. From the player's standpoint it is simply a master volume and a master tone.

The main difference between this setup and standard modern-tele wiring is that when both pickups are on, there are 4 pots in the circuit instead of 2 and that loads the pickups differently. Whether that's good or bad is up to you, but it is different.
 

rigg

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That would work with dual concentric pots where each section is independently controlled, but the pots the OP refers to only have one shaft controlling two different sections simultaneously. So you have to put both pickup volumes on one 250/500 stack pot and both tones on the other. From the player's standpoint it is simply a master volume and a master tone.

The main difference between this setup and standard modern-tele wiring is that when both pickups are on, there are 4 pots in the circuit instead of 2 and that loads the pickups differently. Whether that's good or bad is up to you, but it is different.
Oh okay I see. I should have checked the link. Either way the wiring is pretty much the same. I'd opt for dual concentric pots if was trying to blend HB and SC for more control. The load of 4 pots might make the middle position suck in a tele. It seems to be fine on a Les Paul though.
 

bigtone23

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Why not 500K pots with a 470K resistor in series on the single coil? That way each pickup 'sees' it's typical loading.
Another option is a 500K tone pot, which is easily turned down, if needed. IF the humbucker is pretty bright, it may work just fine with a 250K volume. If the single coil is rather hot and/or dark, it may work great with a 500K volume.
 

YOGA64

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Unfortunately this mod doesn't work well when you use both pickups.......
 

YOGA64

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Yes, and I wasn't satisfied with the results.

The best I've come up with so far has been: a 500k volume and a 250 tone pot with a neck Fralin Paf and a DiMarzio Area Hot T, which seems not to dislike a 500k.......
 

JBG

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Yes, and I wasn't satisfied with the results.

The best I've come up with so far has been: a 500k volume and a 250 tone pot with a neck Fralin Paf and a DiMarzio Area Hot T, which seems not to dislike a 500k.......
Ah. Sounds like you've got it covered. Well done. How do you like the DiMarzio?
 

YOGA64

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I really like the sound, powerful but not all midrange, sounds like a bridge tele pickup should, more so with the 500k volume pot.
By the way, it doesn't sound anything like a PAF crossed with a P90, as per advertised, IMHO of course.
The only downside is it is not as dynamic as a real single coil.
But as far as sound and noise, no complaints. Quite sensitive to the distance from the strings.
 




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