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tncaveman
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Username: tncaveman

Post Number: 209
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Thursday, December 05, 2013 - 7:45 am:   Edit Post

I got a set of Alembic pickups for a standard Tele recently. They are in great condition and don't even have any scratches. Preamp and pots are also in great shape. But, the selector switch needs to be replaced, and the pickup wires are not connected to the switch. I assume that a standard Tele 3 way switch is what I need, just wondering if anyone has a diagram to get these puppies wired. But first, I need to get a Tele to put them in. Kind of like buying wheels and then getting a car for them. I'm probably going to find a nice MIM Fender or G&L tribute ASAT.

Stephen
lbpesq
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Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 5613
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Thursday, December 05, 2013 - 8:02 am:   Edit Post

Stephen:

I recently did this with a relatively new American Standard Tele. It's a nice guitar with a light ash body, 60's slim neck, and tummy and elbow cuts like on a Strat. I'm out of town until next week, but if you don't have a answer by then, I can crack it open and take a pic for you.

Bill, tgo
tncaveman
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Username: tncaveman

Post Number: 210
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Friday, December 06, 2013 - 4:03 pm:   Edit Post

Also - just wondering, what do the Alembic pickups sound like in a typical Telecaster?

Stephen
tncaveman
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Username: tncaveman

Post Number: 211
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Saturday, December 14, 2013 - 6:43 am:   Edit Post

Got everything together last night. I ended up talking with Mica and Ron - what nice folks! I sent her a diagram of what I thought the switching would be, and I was right. Ron just said to keep the shielding from the pickup separate from the ground on the output jack. I have attached the diagram if anyone needs to do this setup and you don't have the factory blade switch.

Now for the guitar. I found a Tele here in Nashville (locals can LOL - this is one of the most popular guitars around here for some reason). It's a mutt from mixed parents. The body is probably Mexican, but possibly USA - there were no marks in the neck pocket or under the pickups. It's in near mint condition and a classic Tele yellow. The neck is a warmoth vintage, thin w/ jumbo frets, and a rosewood board. The finish was not very well done, so I sanded it down to bare wood and did 6 coats of Tru-oil followed by carnauba wax. Feels awesome! Gotoh tuners, a Joe Barden bridge, and Schaller strap locks rounds out the package. Because it had a P-90 neck pickup, I had to get a new pickguard - black three ply.

The activators fit perfectly except the bridge pickup area required a little wood/paint removal in one corner. Thank you mister Dremel and cylindrical mill tool. The wiring is nice and neat. I shielded the control compartment with copper foil that has the conductive adhesive. I tied the bridge ground to this and it does not go into the jack area.

It was a cool feeling to plug her in and everything work. The sound was truly amazing. So clear and clean. Even bass to treble. The bridge pickup by itself is a little much for me, very heavy on the treble, but the combined pickups and the neck by itself is awesome. Very hi-fi like it's been said before. I'm probably going to change the wiring to a blend pot in the near future to dial in the sounds differently. If anyone wants to figure this one out, let me know :o)

I'll post up a few photos of my new "Fenwarembic" later today.

StephenAlembic Telecaster Activator Pick Wiring
tncaveman
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Username: tncaveman

Post Number: 212
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Saturday, December 14, 2013 - 11:54 am:   Edit Post

Not good lighting outside and a wee bit wet. But here's the bridge and the project stage :o)

Stephen





Doesn't this look fun!!!???
tncaveman
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Username: tncaveman

Post Number: 214
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 - 7:53 am:   Edit Post

Due to some clearance issues, I redid the switching to two mini switches because the preamp was being squished between the battery and control panel. I made a really cool stainless control panel. I wanted to do a brass plate, but I could not find any locally. The final setup and playability with the Alembic pickups is awesome. The only issue I'm having is getting a good distortion sound. I have a Fender Hot Rod Deville and get some great sounds with my Anderson Strat, G&L Tribute, and Fender Lead II, so it's not the amp. But the clean sounds are really cool and totally different from my other guitars. Here's a few pics.

Stephen



tncaveman
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Username: tncaveman

Post Number: 215
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 - 7:57 am:   Edit Post

A few more photos.

Tele Front.jpg

Tele on Blanket Neck.jpg
tncaveman
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Username: tncaveman

Post Number: 216
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 - 8:00 am:   Edit Post

The outside shots have a more accurate color.
lbpesq
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Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 5622
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Wednesday, January 01, 2014 - 12:36 pm:   Edit Post

Stephen:

I dealt with the real estate problem by swapping the volume and filter positions on my Alembicized Tele. The two mini toggles look sharp!

Bill, tgo

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