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How to wire:

  • Loaded Prewired Fender Pickguard with 7 Way Switching and TBX Tone Control

A few notes on this setup.

  • You’ll find the pickguard switching versatility to be quite useful at obtaining “Tele” or “Gilmour” or “Floyd” like tones via the Neck / Bridge combo provided by the 7 way switching.
  • The TBX Tone control is wired for control over both the Middle and Bridge pickups. TBX provides for an additional dynamic tonal spectrum increasing both highs and lows. Great for lead work and responds incredibly well with overdrive.

To wire this setup you’ll need patience and a few simple tools.

The Sum is much Greater than the Parts

The Sum is much Greater than the Parts

We also used

  1. Solder Iron – 30 watt or so is fine
  2. Solder
  3. Phillips screwdriver
  4. Wrench

And Followed the Wiring Diagrams provided by Fender and Tonerider for installation.

SO LETS GET STARTED!!

Step 1 – Install the potentiometers and swtich

Here we install the potentiometers and 5 way switch as shown in the Step 1 picture. Use a screw driver and hand tighten the screws for the switch. Using a wrench, tighten the potentiometers securely without much force.

Step 1 - Install Switch and Potentiometers

Step 1 - Install Switch and Potentiometers

Step 2 – Solder the Capacitors

At Step 2, we solder the orange drop cap to tone 1. We also solder the resistor and capacitors to the TBX Tone control carefully following Fender’s diagrams. (Mods are available for the experienced.)

Step 2 - Solder Capacitors and Resistor

Step 2 - Solder Capacitors and Resistor

Step 3 – Solder the Switch Grounds to the Volume Pot

We make several solder connections. Be careful to leave the connection to the 7 way open for later use in Step 6 as shown.

Step 3 - Sold Volume to Switch Ground

Step 3 - Sold Volume to Switch Ground

Step 4 – Solder Volume Pot Hot for Jack Connection

A one solder procedure. We solder the hot wire at the volume pot middle connection. 10″ is a good length to get from your volume pot to your jack in fine fashion.

Step 4 - Solder the Hot at Volume for Jack Lead

Step 4 - Solder the Hot at Volume for Jack Lead

Step 5 – Solder in Tone Controls to Switch

We make several solder connections. For Tone 1 we solder the middle position to the switch as shown. This is the neck pickup control.

For Tone 2 we solder the middle position of the lower TBX pot to the switch as shown. We daisy chain the bridge and middle pickup at the switch and make one connection to the TBX pot.

Step 5 - Soldering in the Tone Controls

Step 5 - Soldering in the Tone Controls

 Step 6 – Soldering in the 7 Way Push / Pull

Here we solder the Push / Pull as shown. We only use the lower left two pins. Be sure to grab the loose wire from Step 3, this goes to the upper pin. The lower wire gets connected to the push / pull. Leave the other end “loose” until step 9.

Step 6 - Soldering in the 7 Way Push / Pull

Step 6 - Soldering in the 7 Way Push / Pull

 Step 7 – Soldering the Ground Jumps from Pot Can to Pot Can

Here we solder the Ground jumps from Pot can to Pot can as shown.

Step 7 - Soldering the Ground Jumps
Step 7 – Soldering the Ground Jumps

 Step 8 – Soldering the Three Ground Leads

 Here we solder the three ground leads from the Volume pot. The three leads are as follows:

  •  
    • Ground Lead for the Jack
    • Ground Lead to the Tremolo Spring Claw
    • Optional Body Ground for use on some Stratocaster bodies
Step 8 - Solder the three grounds from volume pot

Step 8 - Solder the three grounds from volume pot

Step 9 – Install and Solder Pickups

Here we mount the pickups to the pickguard according to the installation instructions provided by Tonerider. We also connect them to the 5 way switch using the loose wire from Step 6 at the Bridge.

Step 9 - Solder the Pickup "Hot" Leads to the 5 Way

Step 9 - Solder the Pickup "Hot" Leads to the 5 Way

Step 10 – Solder the Pickup Grounds to the Volume Can

We Solder the three pickup ground wires to the pickup can. It can save time and frustruation by tinning these wires prior to soldering them to the volume can.

Step 10 - Solder the Pickup Grounds to the Volume Pot

Step 10 - Solder the Pickup Grounds to the Volume Pot

Step 11 – The final product!

Enjoy!

Step 10 - Final Pickguard "Money Shot"

Step 10 - Final Pickguard "Money Shot"

Step 10 - Tonerider Classic Blues 7 Way TBX Loaded Prewired Fender Pickguard

Step 10 - Tonerider Classic Blues 7 Way TBX Loaded Prewired Fender Pickguard

Step 10 - All White Setup Featuring Tonerider Classic Blues

Step 10 - All White Setup Featuring Tonerider Classic Blues

This setup is absolutely awesome and is available either via individual components or prewired from our custom shop. Check out www.PickersParts.com for more info.

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