From BRodric–(at)– Fri May 5 16:23:08 CDT 1995
Article: 44601 of alt.guitar
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From: BRodric–(at)– (William R Rodrick)
Subject: JD Tele wiring: Here it is…
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Thanks to Mike Lindskold of Stewart-MacDonald Guitar Shop Supply,
I have found out how Fender wires the two pickups in their (U.S.)
Jerry Donahue model Telecaster. I was really only interested in the
“Strat-like” sound, (position #4 or second from Bridge-end of the
5-position switch) and according to Fender’s schematic, here’s
how the circuit looks when this position is selected:

+ _________________ .01 uf/100 V
——–| Neck Pickup |——||——-|
| —————– |
| / 6.2k
| /
| |
| _________________ + 6.2k |
——–| Bridge Pickup |—–///——> Volume

I suppose the two resistor values could be tweaked in order to
balance the relative levels of each pickup, depending on what kind
of pickups you’re using.
The capacitor seems to have the effect of preventing the sound
>from becoming too “thin” when the pickups are wired out of phase.

Bill Rodrick


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