In my search to add wackier and wackier electronics to my home-made Telecasters, I have gone from simple things, like trying to wire different pickups together as a giant humbucker, to more complicated things like trying to create an infinitely variable single coil-to-humbucker knob, and with the latest project, I built a guitar with a knob to continuously select between the bridge and neck pickups.
This guitar started off with a neck, a neck I have owned for a long time. It’s a beautiful neck but I could never figure out how to use it. So it just sat for a long time. 😦
One day I happened across a video from Warmoth in which they discussed their new satin finish for guitar bodies and I somehow came to believe that a Sherwood Green body with a satin finish might work with this neck. So that’s what I started with.
I also decided, because I like the clean look of as Telecaster with as little stuff on it as possible, to dispense with a pickguard and with the switch which typically switches between pickups. Instead, I decided to pirate the tone control and use it to provide an infinitely variable pickup switch.
Here is the wiring diagram I created for this effort. Pretty simple.
Eventually the body was ready.
I even took a pretentious, arty shot:
Some assembly time, set up the neck, adjust all the electronics, and here we go:
The top knob controls the volume, the bottom knob adjusts between the neck pickup and the bridge pickup. It sounds great.