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Fender 4-Way Telecaster Pickup Selector Mod Switch 

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Used on many Custom Shop instruments, this switch allows you to change your Telecaster's pickup wiring from series to parallel for increased output a...Click To Read More About This Product

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Tele tone can be fattened up easily with this switch.

Used on many Custom Shop instruments, this switch allows you to change your Telecaster's pickup wiring from series to parallel for increased output and a fatter tone with the flick of a switch.


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Fender4-Way Telecaster Pickup Selector Mod Switch
 
4.6

(based on 10 reviews)

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  • Good quality (6)
  • Functional (5)
  • Easy to use (3)
  • Improves sound (3)

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Gives Tele players an added tone

The 4th position puts the pickups in series producing a "humbucker" or "fat" sound. In addition, if used with Texas specials you get hum cancelling in...Read complete review

The 4th position puts the pickups in series producing a "humbucker" or "fat" sound. In addition, if used with Texas specials you get hum cancelling in positions 2 and 4. For Am standard neck pickups you must separate the ground from the common wire (3 wire pickup)

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Great Switch - Horrible Documentation

The switch itself is a great piece of hardware. That fourth position gives a nice boost in output and fatness. The quality of the switch is excellent, and I have had no problems...Read complete review

The switch itself is a great piece of hardware. That fourth position gives a nice boost in output and fatness. The quality of the switch is excellent, and I have had no problems gigging with my tele since installing it. Unfortunately, the documentation is another story...

The instructions Fender provides are awful and incomplete. This is not a minor wiring mod. It requires, among other things, removing a small ground wire from the neck pickup. Not only do the instructions not explain this or show a diagram, but the instructions use two sets of terminology for the pickups and it's easy to get the two confused. (I know, I know...you probably think I'm an idiot for getting the two confused, but read the included "instructions" and you'll understand.)

Bottom line: while I may not be a pro tech, I have done many guitar mods in the past and this was a doozy. The ONLY reason I was able to figure out how to rewire this thing successfully was because I found a set of instructions with pictures on some individual's website (in Spanish) that illustrated what to do.

Good job manufacturing this switch, Fender, but you need to hire some better technical writers for your accessories' documentation.

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5.0

Great product

By JD

from Illinois

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  • Good Quality

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      Comments about Fender 4-Way Telecaster Pickup Selector Mod Switch:

      Works great.

       
      5.0

      It did the trick

      By Lordfakie

      from Orl

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      • Functional
      • Good Quality

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          Comments about Fender 4-Way Telecaster Pickup Selector Mod Switch:

          Not many options for a 4way tele switch out there. This is one of the few available but it seems good quality and everything worked how it should.

           
          5.0

          4 way switch upgrade on a Squier Tele

          By HDBluesman

          from NC

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              Comments about Fender 4-Way Telecaster Pickup Selector Mod Switch:

              Upgraded a Squier Tele with Texas Special PUPs and this 4 way switch. The new Series position has a stronger, higher output sound that further complements the tone range of the Texas Specials. I highly recommend this mod. One note on a Squier Affinity Tele the switch required the mounting holes to be drilled out a little wider and the switch slot needed to be lengthened a little (also done via a drill bit). You will have to make sure all of the wire connections are located to the side of the switch versus the bottom. If not you will been to slightly deepen the Switch/Pot cavity to accomodate the new switch. All said pretty simple and well worth the ten minutes of extra effort for the mod.

               
              4.0

              Worthwhile Mod

              By Mikey

              from Chicago

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              Pros

              • Good Quality
              • Improves Sound

              Cons

              • Not USA

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                Comments about Fender 4-Way Telecaster Pickup Selector Mod Switch:

                The 4 way circuit is the way to get the most out of two pickup setups. The extra position is to put the two pickups in series for a full, boosted sound as opposed to the parallel, where the sound is diminished.

                There are two ways to wire this switch, with schematics available online. I like the non-standard wiring where the outside positions are the neck and bridge and the inside are series and parallel blend.

                The best thing about the Fender switch is the included tip, which is a savings.

                I would prefer a CRL switch but it seems they are no longer available. This switch is adequate and I haven't had any failures yet.

                 
                5.0

                careful, dead spot

                By rusty mcrae

                from Nashville TN

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                Pros

                • Useful

                Cons

                • Dead Spot

                Best Uses

                • Backup

                Comments about Fender 4-Way Telecaster Pickup Selector Mod Switch:

                If you switch carelessly and get it in between the two middle positions you have no sound. Nevertheless I want to put it on all my teles because I won't always have to carry a les paul around.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great mod, easy to install

                By PF

                from Tucker, GA

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                • Easy To Use
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                • Good Quality
                • Improves Sound
                • Versatile

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                    Comments about Fender 4-Way Telecaster Pickup Selector Mod Switch:

                    The Fender 4-Way Telecaster Switch is simple to install and increases the tonal versatility of your Telecaster.

                    I was apprehensive about attempting installation of this switch after reading comments on the web about Fender's wiring schematic being wrong. After finding differing wiring diagrams on other sites, I decided to use Fender's diagram included with the switch. I installed it along with a set of DiMarzio True Velvet T pickups (which sound great and include a third ground wire, which means you don't have to perform surgery on the pups in order to create the third wire for use with the 4-way switch) in my new MIM ash Tele, and it works perfectly.

                    The new 4th position sounds great! The tone that results from having both pickups wired in series is thicker, louder, and darker than the 2nd position (where both pickups are in parallel). Since you retain the original Tele tones in positions 1, 2, and 3, why wouldn't you increase your Tele's tonal possibilities by installing this switch?

                    (6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    2.0

                    Great Switch - Horrible Documentation

                    By Strict9

                    from Las Vegas

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                    Pros

                    • Functional
                    • Good Quality

                    Cons

                    • Awful documentation

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Fender 4-Way Telecaster Pickup Selector Mod Switch:

                      The switch itself is a great piece of hardware. That fourth position gives a nice boost in output and fatness. The quality of the switch is excellent, and I have had no problems gigging with my tele since installing it. Unfortunately, the documentation is another story...

                      The instructions Fender provides are awful and incomplete. This is not a minor wiring mod. It requires, among other things, removing a small ground wire from the neck pickup. Not only do the instructions not explain this or show a diagram, but the instructions use two sets of terminology for the pickups and it's easy to get the two confused. (I know, I know...you probably think I'm an idiot for getting the two confused, but read the included "instructions" and you'll understand.)

                      Bottom line: while I may not be a pro tech, I have done many guitar mods in the past and this was a doozy. The ONLY reason I was able to figure out how to rewire this thing successfully was because I found a set of instructions with pictures on some individual's website (in Spanish) that illustrated what to do.

                      Good job manufacturing this switch, Fender, but you need to hire some better technical writers for your accessories' documentation.

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      A Must for any Tele owner

                      By Tele Master

                      from South Haven, MI

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                      Comments about Fender 4-Way Telecaster Pickup Selector Mod Switch:

                      If your serious about tone and finding a the right upgrade for your Tele this is the one you've been waiting for it will give a added dimention of tone you will not be able to find in any other guitar.

                      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Gives Tele players an added tone

                      By JT-DlNKa

                      from IL

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                      Comments about Fender 4-Way Telecaster Pickup Selector Mod Switch:

                      The 4th position puts the pickups in series producing a "humbucker" or "fat" sound. In addition, if used with Texas specials you get hum cancelling in positions 2 and 4. For Am standard neck pickups you must separate the ground from the common wire (3 wire pickup)

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Gr-r-r-r-eat!!!!!

                      By Bob Montgomery

                      from SE Michigan

                      Comments about Fender 4-Way Telecaster Pickup Selector Mod Switch:

                      I installed this in my '52 RI Tele with a S/D 1/4 pounder in the bridge and an EMG in the neck.....The combination afforded by the 4 way is wonderful. I'm about to install a 4 way in my Standard Tele which has a Little '59 in the bridge and a Fender TEX-MEX at the neck position.

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