April 2020

Mod Garage

Preparing Your Tele for Future Mods

Preparing Your Tele for Future Mods

May 11, 2013
In anticipation of all the Telecaster mods we have in store, let’s devote this column to getting your pickups ready for the adventure. For starters, unstring your Tele and remove
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Telecaster Obsession

Telecaster Obsession

April 15, 2013
Let’s review our Tele history and get some insights from one of the best Tele masters alive, Greg Koch.
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The Two-Pickup Esquire Wiring

The Two-Pickup Esquire Wiring

March 11, 2013
Also called the “Broadcaster blend circuit,” this wiring is the transition circuit between the single-pickup Esquire and the Telecaster with its well-known dual-pickup configuration.
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The Ultra-Flexible Esquire Wiring, PT. 2

The Ultra-Flexible Esquire Wiring, PT. 2

February 4, 2013
Last month, we began a special project: We wanted to squeeze as many useable sounds as possible from a single-pickup Esquire [“The Ultra-flexible Esquire Wiring, Pt. 1,” February 2013]. And
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The Ultra-Flexible Esquire Wiring, PT. 1

The Ultra-Flexible Esquire Wiring, PT. 1

January 9, 2013
Essentially, the idea is to squeeze as many useable sounds as possible from a single-pickup Esquire.
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Humbucker Pickups in an Esquire, PT. 2

Humbucker Pickups in an Esquire, PT. 2

December 10, 2012
Fig. 1. Wiring diagram for 3-way operation of the Chopper T Bridge pickup. Diagram courtesy of dimarzio.com In last month’s column, we began exploring options for installing a humbucker
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Humbucker Pickups in an Esquire, PT. 1

Humbucker Pickups in an Esquire, PT. 1

November 5, 2012
In recent months, we’ve been exploring wiring options for the Fender Esquire. This time around we’ll continue our journey by investigating Esquire-friendly humbuckers.
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The Tapped Esquire Wiring

The Tapped Esquire Wiring

October 8, 2012
Fig. 1. This schematic shows how to wire a tapped Telecaster bridge pickup into an Esquire. Diagram courtesy of seymourduncan.com For the last few issues, we’ve been investigating the
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How to Get an Authentic Johnny Cash/Luther Perkins Esquire Tone

How to Get an Authentic Johnny Cash/Luther Perkins Esquire Tone

September 12, 2012
The tone is 50 percent equipment and 50 percent technique know-how.
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The "Luthercaster" Esquire Wiring

The "Luthercaster" Esquire Wiring

September 5, 2012
Nicknamed the “Luthercaster,” this is the guitar I play onstage with our local Johnny Cash tribute band.
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The Modded Eldred Esquire Wiring

The Modded Eldred Esquire Wiring

August 10, 2012
The basic Eldred wiring is very useable and flexible, and that’s the main reason why so many pro Esquire players choose it.
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The Eldred Esquire Wiring

The Eldred Esquire Wiring

July 9, 2012
Let’s dive into the “Eldred Esquire wiring,” one of the most popular wiring schemes for this iconic Fender model.
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Esquire Mods, Part 2

Esquire Mods, Part 2

June 8, 2012
Go one step further and change the values of the parts used in the resistor/capacitor network.
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Esquire Mods, Part 1

Esquire Mods, Part 1

May 11, 2012
If you’re looking for ways to make the circuit more flexible or better suited to your sonic needs, you’ve come to the right place.
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Fender Esquire Basics

Fender Esquire Basics

April 6, 2012
I admit that the Fender Esquire is one of my favorite guitars ever, and I find its sound and simplicity very appealing.
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Tele Control Plate Mods

Tele Control Plate Mods

March 9, 2012
Fig. 1 The reversed control plate with the 3-way switch at the rear. Fig. 2. Wiring for the reversed control plate with the volume pot in the front position,
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More Primary Tele Tone Mods

More Primary Tele Tone Mods

February 10, 2012
Hardware has a huge influence on the primary tone of any guitar, and it’s here that different materials can really make a difference.
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Primary Tone Mods for the Telecaster

Primary Tone Mods for the Telecaster

January 10, 2012
You’d be surprised how many possibilities you have even with a single-pickup Esquire!
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Adding Series Switching To Your Strat

Adding Series Switching To Your Strat

December 20, 2011
To benefit from the series option, you need to use your Strat’s dual-pickup settings—bridge + middle or neck + middle.
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Stratocaster Parallel/Series Switching

Stratocaster Parallel/Series Switching

November 15, 2011
In this and next month’s column, we’ll explore parallel/series pickup switching schemes for the single-coil pickups in your Strat.
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