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Nashville Telecaster 5-Way Wiring Kit by Sidewinder Guitars
For 3 Pickups/Lever Switch/Master Volume/Master Tone

Thanks for checking out our Tele wiring kit! I've put in a great many hours researching and testing to find the best components and I've assembled them here in these kits. I'm confident that you'll find they breathe some new life into your axe!

Blending Strat with Tele, the Nashville is one versatile tone machine! Of course, as with all things Telecaster, there is more than one way to go about it. This kit supports several configurations, allowing you to choose how to utilize your pickups:

“Strat Style" switching options:
Bridge + Middle
Neck + Middle

"Strat-O-Tele" switching options:
Bridge + Middle
Bridge + Neck
Neck + Middle

Best of both worlds” options. If you want to have access to both the Middle pickup and the Bridge + Neck pickup options, and who could blame you, then a great compromise is to keep the Middle pickup in the middle position and substitute either position 2 or 4 with Bridge + Neck. Choices!

Alternate (1)" switching options
Bridge + Neck
Neck + Middle

“Alternate (2)” switching options
Bridge + Middle
Bridge + Neck

While the tone you get will be different from mine, the sound clips in the SoundCloud link below will give you some idea of the differences between the options. (Although the player makes it look like there is just one track, there is actually a full set of both clean and dirty samples)

What's in the kit?

Oak Grigsby 5-Way "1/2" Super Switch. Why settle for anything less? These switches are a real gem. With two independent sets of lugs, you can accomplish things that just aren't possible with a standard 5-Way switch. And this single wafer "1/2" Super Switch is much thinner than its massive dual wafer cousin, allowing it to fit in a Telecaster control cavity without modification! Mounting screws and a standard Telecaster "barrel" switch tip are included.

Bourns Pro Audio 250k Pots. These are sweet, sweet pots. They sound great, they're durable, they're consistent, and they're smooth as silk when you turn them. I've included a linear taper pot (B250) for volume control and a logarithmic taper pot (D250) for tone control. I always found myself frustrated by volume and tone controls that were very drastic at one end of the sweep, then did very little across the rest of the sweep. The tapers of these pots provide even roll-off across the range of the pot. It is my opinion that the linear taper volume pot combined with the 50’s wiring (see “Wiring Diagrams” below) produces the smoothest and most useable guitar volume control possible. They have a 3/8” mounting bushing and USA spec “fine knurl” (24-spline) split shafts. I've included a second mounting nut and washer so you can adjust the height of the pot to get your knobs at just the right height.

Pot Shaft Adapters. We have opted to provide 6mm split-shaft pots in all of our kits in order to make them easily compatible with a wide variety of knobs. Telecasters traditionally come equipped with 1/4” solid-shaft pots, which means that for many customers their existing knobs will be just a bit large for a proper fit. For those instances, we provide these brass adapter bushings. Simply slide the adapter on the 6mm shaft, then slide your 1/4” knob on and secure with the set screw as usual. The soft brass of the adapter has to give a bit for a secure fit, so just give the set screw a little extra torque and you’ll be set.

0.047uf Orange Drop Tone Capacitor. You know them, you love them! Suffice to say that these caps sound great, are quite robust, and are exceptionally consistent. I meter each batch that I receive and find them to be well within the advertised 5% tolerance.

Switchcraft Output Jack. Simply the best there is. Beefy. The mounting bushing is 3/8” diameter x 3/8” length. A second nut and washer are provided so you can adjust it’s position if desired.

Cloth push-back wire. The only way to go. Top-notch quality, easy to work with, stays in shape when you bend it and no stripping required. I've included 4 feet each of white and black, so no need to worry about running short. Remember that you do not strip this wire, just work the insulation back from the end with your fingers.

26 AWG Ground Wire. This small diameter, stranded wire is perfect for bridge or tremolo grounds or for bonding components for grounding.

Five wiring diagrams. A wiring kit would be pretty useless without good diagrams, right? There are lots of them out there, some better than others, but I've drawn up my own and I think you'll find they are complete, accurate and easily understood. There are five diagrams included in this kit. The first is the Nashville Telecaster “Strat Style" wiring, which provides the standard pickup selection options found on Stratocaster 5-Way switches. The second diagram is the "Strat-O-Tele" wiring, which changes up the middle switch position by offering you the Tele "Bridge + Neck” combination in place of the "Middle only” option found on the Stratocaster wiring. The third and fourth diagrams change things up a bit to give you both “Middle only” and “Bridge + Neck”: the middle position is “Middle only” and “Bridge + Neck” replaces either the “Bridge + Middle” (Alternate 1) or “Neck + Middle” (Alternate 2) option. These diagrams utilize a modified volume/tone circuit. It addresses the issue of treble loss when rolling down the volume by applying the “Gibson '50s wiring” concept to the Telecaster tone circuit, and it does it without messing up the pot taper or getting shrill at the low end the way a “treble bleed” circuit can. In addition, and in a less quantifiable fashion, I find it has the effect of really "opening up" the sound of the guitar, producing a very dynamic instrument overall with fantastic note bloom. The reason I show it by default in the diagrams is because I believe it is the most functional configuration paired with the components in this kit. However, if you prefer the standard circuit with its tendency towards warming the tone as the volume is rolled off, the necessary wiring changes are detailed in a fifth diagram. It is a very simple modification, consisting of moving just one end of one wire, which means trying both to see which you prefer is simple!

* A note on the linear taper volume pot: The linear taper volume pot has garnered a bad rap on internet forums, and it really isn’t deserved. Linear taper pots can and do function quite well as a guitar volume control, and have been used to great effect as such by notable guitar makers like Gibson, Carvin and Ibanez. The linear taper is just that, a consistent change in resistance across the entire sweep of the pot. “But human hearing is non-linear!” This is true. In high power audio applications like guitar amplifiers, a linear taper volume control will seem to turn UP very abruptly from zero. For that reason, the audio taper stretches out the sweep between zero and seven or so to allow for a slower increase in volume at the low end. To make up for this, the increase in resistance accelerates rapidly from seven to ten. Put that taper in a guitar volume pot and what you find is that when turning DOWN from ten, you are right into the steepest part of the taper, meaning that you get a very rapid change with a small move of the knob. If you use your volume to control how hard you drive your amp, dirty-to-clean happens very quickly.  After that, from seven or so on down, you are in the stretched out part of the taper, meaning that not much happens as you continue to turn the knob. A linear taper will have the effect of slowing down the change at the top end of the pot, so you get much finer control over dialing in your guitar-amp interaction. In short, linear and audio tapers can both serve as guitar volume controls with excellent results, but they will perform differently. Most every wiring kit out there offers audio tapers in both volume and tone controls, and there are a couple of very sound business reasons for this: 1) It’s what people expect to see; and 2) It’s much more cost effective  to maintain an inventory of just one taper for a given pot resistance value. I offer my kits with a linear volume as an alternative, and because it’s what I use and in large part Sidewinder Guitars is about me sharing what I find success with.

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Nashville Telecaster 5-Way Wiring Kit, "Bridge+Neck" OR "Middle Only" in middle
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