Published at Tuesday, March 26th, 2019 - 14:56:15 PM. wiring. By Olympe Leclerc.
A common problem. Using a Varitone or Varitone variation means switching capacitance. Depending on the switch’s design and its location in the circuit, this can result in a loud popping noise in a passive guitar wiring scheme if you switch capacitors. You can prevent this by turning down your guitar’s volume pot or putting your amp on standby, but what if you want to use the rotary switch mid-song? There’s an easy solution: Get some 10M resistors. (I like 1/4-watt metal-film resistors because of their small size, but you can use any resistor type or voltage you want, so long as it has the correct resistance.) Solder one between the rotary switch’s center input lug (labeled “Center lug connects to volume pot lug 3” in Joe’s diagram) and the lug the capacitor is connected to. You need to use a separate resistor for each capacitor, which means a total of three resistors if you follow Joe’s diagram.
Tele players often ask about adding series wiring to their instruments—a mod that lets you access a powerful tone when you engage both pickups. On a stock Tele, the pickups are connected in parallel when you use them together, but if you run them in series instead, the resulting output is hotter and louder, and this makes it much easier to drive your amp into saturation. If you’re craving burly Tele tones, series wiring will deliver. There are several ways to mod your Telecaster for series wiring. The most common approach is to replace the standard 3-way pickup selector with a 4-way switch. This keeps the three familiar switching positions untouched and simply adds a new sound in switching position #4. This is my preferred method, and I think it’s the most useful Telecaster mod ever.
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