By Lacene Andre. wiring. Published at Monday, March 25th, 2019 - 20:30:15 PM.
How do you do this? How do you do this? Glad you asked: We covered this before in “Preparing Your Tele for Future Mods.” If you have a Strat pickup, a P-90, or some similar single-coil in the neck position, you can skip this step. For all other pickups sporting a metal cover that’s connected to the pickup’s ground, you’ll need to break this connection before you proceed. It Shows the wiring, which looks familiar but is a little bit more complex than standard Telecaster’s wiring. The important detail here is to connect the hot wire from the neck pickup to the volume pot’s input lug, rather than directly to the switch, which is the usual approach. There are other ways to accomplish the mod, but this is my favorite method because it’s simple to wire and you can easily reverse the mod or upgrade to a 4-way switching system at a later date. And the beauty of this is we still have the familiar operation of a standard Telecaster 3-way selector. The only change is the new sound for the middle position; the other two settings are not affected. Also, you can incorporate other mods into this wiring, such as the ’50s wiring that I’ve covered before.
He loves a rich, woody tone with nice overtones, so a certain cap from Roederstein is his standard. But he also wanted a warm, woolly tone as well as a slightly mid-scooped one, so we installed a rotary switch with his beloved Roederstein cap for the standard sound, a NOS paper-in-oil cap for the warm tone, and a standard “orange drop” cap for a slightly scooped sound. All three caps were 0.033 µF. The original Varitone design. The original Gibson Varitone design used an inductor to create a series of notch filters together with the capacitors. Personally, I think adding the inductor is not the best choice. The design may have worked in the ’50s, but today most of us are looking for different tones. (Joe described the tone of the original design in his article.)
It is also a problem for manufacturers when misunderstood equipment is returned under warranty with no defect, as well as for homeowners when they don’t get the performance they expect. ”A lot of manufacturers still have a big metal box and one terminal strip with 17, 18, or even 19 wires,” Porter said. His dual-fuel control has three strips – one for the furnace, one for the outdoor unit, and one for the indoor thermostat – and the wires are clearly identified, he said.
Another problem I ran into with probe-type LWCOs is foaming. Remember I said that probe-type LWCOs use the water in the boiler to close a circuit? Well, if you didn’t clean the boiler water according to the manufacturer’s instructions, instead of water, you can have foam in the boiler. Oil and dirt are in the water and as it boils, it sends the water rushing into the steam pipes; what’s left in the boiler foams up and the boiler thinks it has water and keeps running. This usually leads to a cracked boiler. The moral to this story: No matter what kind of LWCO you use, clean the boiler or get the homeowner to clean it. Personally I like float types, but either LWCO works if the boiler water is clean.
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