If you're not familiar with Danny Gatton, the guy Guitar Player called "The Greatest Guitar Player You Never Heard" then you simply need to. Grunge was usually accomplished with humbuckers on Fender guitars that hadn't originally had them. Make sure that the solder tag can’t spin and wreck your lovely new pickup. Firstly, you need a new bridge plate, like these. There are full-humbucker Telecaster bridge plates for cheap, and there are full-humbuckers for cheap. 2. Just make a 2nd pickguard loaded with a PAF/humbucker/switches/pots , but also keep the original pickguard as it is and then you have the option of just swapping pickguards, preloaded with the pickups/switch/pots you want to be using at any given time, leave the bridge pickup as is. Sometimes wax is used under there as a neat way of reducing microphonic feedback. Overview: String from the back of the bridge (à la BFG), or string through the body...either way the Babicz FCH- Tele Humbucker bridge is a complete package of tone! Considering the price, this is a very convenient and competitive telecaster bridge. By The Telecaster isn’t the easiest guitar to swap pickups on, we will admit, as you’ve got to de-string and take the bridge off to do it. Carefully remove the old rhythm pickup - don’t yank the wires yet! Put whatever you want in it. If there is, chop that off too. Humbucker Pickup Models Basic Installation: 1. If you have a metal base plate on your new pickup there should be a small jumper wire connecting the ground wire already, so this is not needed! If your pickups are back to front, just swap the two hot wires on the three-way switch. My most recent acquisition, and likely the last guitar I will ever buy, was a 90s tele. To put a full-sized humbucker at the bridge of a regular Tele, two things are needed. Every time I see a thread like this I just don't get it. You can check that the switch isn’t back to front and the volume and tone controls work. Distortion and fuzz pedals were a big part of the sound, too. Jack Ellis Its a good solid player and old enough that the wood has stabilized. Well, to each their own. Remove the back plate and flip it over. Future Publishing Limited Quay House, The Ambury, © Some routing and drilling may be necessary if you plan on installing this bridge on a Fender type Telecaster guitar with an existing single coil pickup bridge. Receive mail from us on behalf of our trusted partners or sponsors? The telecaster bridge is unique and has to be removed to take the lead pickup out. I do not consider it collectible, so its a player. Go get a humbuckin' guitar and let the Tele be a Tele. Whip off the ’guard with your PH1 screwdriver, making sure that you don’t lose any of the small parts. Loosen the pickup bolts (PH2 again) but be mindful of the solder tag that may be hanging off. True singlecoils will have two wires coming from them: a ‘hot’ and a ‘ground’ but sometimes there’s a third that is soldered to the back of a pot. Time to solder the new connections in. England and Wales company registration number 2008885. (Total Guitar) 07 February 2018, Supercharge your Telecaster’s sound with a single-coil swap. Oh God, next thing you know people will be talking about putting Telecaster pickups in Les Pauls. Let’s get stuck in by chopping your old strings off. Bath here's another famous Telecaster user with a mini humbucker in the neck position. That's interesting information I will think about. A photo or sketch may help. You may be surprised. The old lead pickup had a plastic base plate, which needed the solder tag to join the earth wire to the bridge. We’ve got to figure out which wires are the ones belonging to our old pickups, give them a light tug and you’ll see. people have been putting humbuckers on tele's since they were invented! Thank you for signing up to Musicradar. The telecaster has a certain feel about it and putting humbuckers/different pickups in the neck position is a way of sculpting the sound to your choice. Another benefit of using a full-sized humbucker is that you could wire a coil split to a push/pull pot on your Tele, and have access to a normal single-coil sound as well. 3. Who is the best acoustic guitarist of 2020? FWIW, Steve Morse has humbuckers [along with all kinds of other pickups] on his legendary FrankenTele. Click here to login, The ability to reply to and create new discussions, Access to members-only giveaways & competitions, Interact with VIP industry experts in our guest Q&As, Access to members-only sub forum discussions, Get INSTANT ACCESS to the world's best private pro audio, Promote your eBay auctions and Reverb.com listings for free. On Telecasters, the rhythm pickup can be attached to the pickguard or screwed into the body. 2. Just a friendly reminder that political discussion, (including "offhand" and 'sideways' commenting) is. beware of the telecaster...Danny Gatton and Roy Buchanan....both killed themselves! MusicRadar is part of Future plc, an international media group and leading digital publisher. My assessment is that the neck pickup is not so great, and I had a humbucker put in the neck position. They look like single coils to me, unless they are stacked. Get your screwdrivers out and soldering iron on! However, it does not come with screws needed for installation, which is a slight disadvantage. There are full-humbucker Telecaster bridge plates for cheap, and there are full-humbuckers for cheap. The PH2 screwdriver seems to fit most of these longer screws nicely. A lot of humbucker guitars especially Gibsons are shorter scale than a fender and aren't bolt on necks so they're inherently going to … Our rhythm pickup and lead pickup are still hanging on! Some Teles have an extra wire trapped under the chrome bridge - this is the ‘bridge ground’ wire and is connected to earth. Blasphemy? It’s a fumbly operation, especially when the pickup’s already wired into the guitar so you’re on a short leash with no room to move. The telecaster has a certain feel about it and putting humbuckers/different pickups in the neck position is a way of sculpting the sound to your choice. Tin each of the new pickup wires with a small amount of solder then pop them onto the same terminals they came from. Remove the strings from your guitar. This guide will also cover two different types of lead pickup. Reassemble the neck pickup into the pickguard and feed the wires into the control cavity. Reinstall the bridge doing up all the screws to the same tightness it was before. A humbucker the size of a single-coil pickup should be fine. Usually they are designed that way to get rid of single coil hum, but still sound like single coil pickups. Have a look around at some of the numerous boutique winders and you'll find a bridge pickup to suit :D. Thanks. Very concerning. If you need the solder tag, the order for the parts is: bolt > bridge > solder tag > rubber/spring > pickup. Installing a humbucker can be pain in the neck. All rights reserved. If you are putting in another pickup with a plastic base, replace this solder tag. Amps with built in distortion channels were more of a metal thing back then. The ’64 pickups feature a copper backplate on the rear of the lead pickup, which saves a step. It’s starting to look like a Tele again! There was a problem. Already have an account? Please refresh the page and try again. BA1 1UA. Fender does. Chop, chop! So this modification is not for the faint of heart. Installing humbuckers on a telecaster, silly question? The reason he is not to well known is that he was so wide The Biz were at a loss to categorize him and the title of one of his recordings "Redneck Jazz" (not my favorite but certainly telling) gives a clue - he mixed genres and had a sense of wry humor not everyone gets. My thinking was the piercing aspect of it, heard on many country songs, was what made it interesting to me. Changing a pickup can really rejuvenate your old guitar, and with the Telecaster design there are hundreds of choices for upgrades - you can certainly beat those stock pickups. Dogs living with cats, cats living with dogs. This DIY protector mat comes in handy at the workshop. If you’ve forgotten, you can check your diagram. I have a strat and a prs, so I have a few non-piercing colors of bridge pickup to choose from. My next tele will have a Charlie Christian pickup in the neck position :D. The only thing to watch out for is pole spacing. Unscrew the control plate and stash the screws. I like humbuckers for grunge but it looks to me like there isn't space for a second coil? Be sure to remember where they were connected. And secondly, you may well need to remove some wood from the guitar to allow the humbucker to fit in. This means that height adjustment is easier to do. We will take you through the DIY method to get you twanging your heart away... To avoid confusion we’re going to call the neck pickup the ‘rhythm pickup’ and the bridge pickup the ‘lead pickup’. The PH2 screwdriver seems to fit most of these longer screws nicely. String through the body, 4 hole mount, Tele style Humbucker bridge. You will receive a verification email shortly. It won’t be glued on, trust us. Visit our corporate site. Installing a Mini-Humbucker in the Bridge position of a MIM Tele Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by bemmis, Jul 23, 2008. With your fretboard exposed, this is a good time to clean it. Better yet. Hey there! When you buy products through links across our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.