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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.
We also used
- Solder Iron – 30 watt or so is fine
- Phillips screwdriver
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 11 – The final product!
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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