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    Tele wiring diagram. get rid of muffle on neck pup. HELP!

    can someone please show me a diagram on how to remove whatever it is muting the neck pup on my CS tele? THANK YOU!!!
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    Re: Tele wiring diagram. get rid of muffle on neck pup. HELP!

    AMP360 or Jim from the Fret Shop in Vernon can probably help you.

    Basically it sounds like you have a true vintage spec 54. Which means the neck pickup is actually setup to play bass. Back in the old days folks actually played bass on a tele. The middle position on the selector is actually the rhythm pickup and third position is bridge.

    Basically I think all you need to do is change out the cap --- but you might also want to wire it differently so position one is neck position 2 is neck and bridge and position 3 is bridge.

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    Re: Tele wiring diagram. get rid of muffle on neck pup. HELP!

    Quote Originally Posted by LVC View Post
    AMP360 or Jim from the Fret Shop in Vernon can probably help you.

    Basically it sounds like you have a true vintage spec 54. Which means the neck pickup is actually setup to play bass. Back in the old days folks actually played bass on a tele. The middle position on the selector is actually the rhythm pickup and third position is bridge.

    Basically I think all you need to do is change out the cap --- but you might also want to wire it differently so position one is neck position 2 is neck and bridge and position 3 is bridge.
    Actually there is a wiring difference between the current Tele wiring and the '52 Vintage Reissue. I'm at work on a "dial-up" connection so I can't provide wiring diagrams.

    If the Tele is "muffled" (muddy) at low volume only, a "bleed" cap can be installed to clean it up. If it's muffled all the time I would say you have the vintage wiring. Changing the wiring to the new way would make a big difference. When I get home I'll upload the diagrams (including the bleed cap) for you.

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    Re: Tele wiring diagram. get rid of muffle on neck pup. HELP!

    Yep... You need to switch it to the modern wiring. Here is a schematic;

    standard_tele.jpg
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    Re: Tele wiring diagram. get rid of muffle on neck pup. HELP!

    Yeah, the old wiring was done the way it was so that a guitar player could use the neck pickup to simulate a bass player - because this was before the days when electric basses became really popular. It can be frustrating to use.

    The schematic above should help you, if not I can post a pic of one of my Tele's wiring - but it won't be until later on Tuesday.

    One thing you may want to consider if you're popping the hood is installing a four way switch. it's a popular mod and you get the series/parallel thing going. I don't own any that are wired that way, but I have tried them and it's pretty cool.

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