Tele Control Plate?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by xhawk5, Apr 3, 2014.


  1. xhawk5

    xhawk5 Supporting Member

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    Palm Coast, Florida
    Hello all. I recently found a nice P-Body routed for P/J pups and has rear access. Unfortunately, there are holes drilled into the top.
    I want to cut-out and then cover the cavity from up top.

    I'd like to use a Tele-style plate with a 3-way pup selector.
    1)Will this "Tele Guitar", 250k, Tele control set-up work for bass?
    2)Is there anything I need to change if I bought something like this?
    3)Will the volume mod mess things up?
    4)Should I do my own wiring, ect... 250k or 500k pots?

    I'll probably be using passive Bartolini or Fender to mellow-out the Ash body w/maple top. Funds are limited and I want to buy a nice neck also.

    Thanks.

    Here's how I received it years ago:
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    Stripped, pre-sanding:
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    Pickguard won't work, P-rout is closer to the neck:
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  2. xhawk5

    xhawk5 Supporting Member

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    I'm also considering a Blend pot instead of the 3-way switch. Here are 2 examples. I think the curved one might be best due to the existing holes compared to where they're drilled into the control cavity:

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  3. pedrodelawasp

    pedrodelawasp

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    You should be able to find a pre-wired Tele control plate with 500k pots if you'd prefer, I got one from eBay UK for a dual humbucker, Tele-ish guitar I built a few months back and for my P/MM short scale Tele Bass.

    Or you could eschew the control plate plan altogether and use the existing holes as LP style 3-way, Volume, Tone, Output...
  4. xhawk5

    xhawk5 Supporting Member

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    I'd like to not have a control plate... Unfortunately, the holes that were drilled are off-center, not spaced evenly and CTS pots don't fit in the cavity properly. I figured if I rout a cavity from up top, no problem.
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