Published at Tuesday, March 26th, 2019 - 08:11:07 AM. wiring. By Karla Regnier.
In the example shown, line 5 has the numbers 5 and 11 printed to the right of the line. This means that the load (HR) controls a set of contacts in lines 5 and 11. The contact in line 5 is normally open and the contact in line 11 is normally closed. Many times there are also small numbers printed next to each of the electrical components on the diagram. In our example, we have colored these numbers blue. These smaller numbers represent the manufacturer’s numbers stamped on the actual electrical component. For example, the compressor overload OL2 has the numbers 3 and 4 printed next to it. This means that the wiring shown on the diagram will be physically connected to terminals 3 and 4 on the actual overload. This allows a technician to more easily locate an exact point in the wiring of the system. Lastly, some diagrams will also have a circled number shown next to a line on the diagram. These circled numbers are used to identify the actual wires used on the system.
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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