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Classic Series '72 Telecaster Custom Upgrade

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T3 Upgrade With Pickup

T3 Upgrade For your Open
or Covered Neck Pickup

Product Description


ID: 006Classic Series '72 Telecaster Custom Upgrade

This quality 3-ply Black AweSome Upgrade product is for your standard right-hand Fender Classic Series '72 Telecaster Custom SH guitar with one single-coil bridge pickup and one Humbucker neck pickup. This product gives you More pickup tones on your upgraded instrument.

This drop-in, no body routing product has everything you need to install into your standard right-hand Classic Series '72 Telecaster Custom guitar. This upgrade pickguard has 16 holes to attach it to your guitar.

Instruments That Can Be Upgraded

You can upgrade the following instruments:

  • Fender Classic Series '72 Custom Telecaster
  • Squier Vintage Modified Telecaster Custom
  • All similar "clone" instruments with 16-screw attaching pickguard holes

Note: On some models, you may need to redrill mounting holes, remove pickguard material or body cavity material. Purchasing this AweSome Upgrade means that you are OK with, and accept that possibility.

The following AweSome Upgrade variations and options are available for this instrument:
(the "no pickups" versions let you save money using your own pickups)
(the "pickups" versions come complete with pickups.

  • T3 (no pickups) - you install your own 4-wire humbucker pickup to get 35 pickup tones.
  • T3 (with pickup) you connect your input jack wires and drop it in to get 35 pickup tones.

How It Works

Using Our T3-Switch

The other version of our AweSome Upgrade uses our T3-Switch to control your one single-coil pickup and one Wide Range Humbucker pickup that you have altered to become 4-wire versions.
(this is also how our upgrades that include pickups work)

Here is how the mini-toggle controls of our T3-Switch product are laid out.





























(rear)   SW4   SW5   SW6       SW1   SW2   SW3   (front)

There are really two "groups" of switches: (SW4, SW5, SW6) -and- (SW1, SW2, SW3)

The first group of switches (SW1, SW2 and SW3) are ON-OFF-ON switches used to turn an individual pickup coil Off and On. The middle position of each switch is Off. The down position turns the pickup coil On (in normal-phase) and the Up position turns the pickup coil On (in reverse-phase). Pretty simple, don't you agree?

Switch SW1 controls the Bridge pickup coil,
Switch SW2 controls the south Neck pickup coil, and
Switch SW3 controls the north Neck pickup coil.

When you use these three switches (while switches SW4, SW5, SW6 all in the Down position), you will get 13 different pickup tones from the various combinations of three pickup coils being Off or On (either in normal-phase or in reverse-phase). These pickup tones are also due to the combination of pickup coils being in a Parallel circuit.

The second group of switches (SW4, SW5 and SW6) are ON-ON switches are used to put select pickup coils into a Series circuit. Two things to remember when using this second group of switches:

First, putting two or three pickup coils in Series circuit creates a "Compound" (i.e., Humbucker) pickup that gives you about 8 to 15 percent More output (think Heavy Metal/Jazz tone).

Second, because the pickups are in a Series circuit, ALL of the affected pickups that are in a Series circuit MUST be On (either in normal-phase or reverse-phase). Any non-Series circuit pickup can be either Off or On (either in normal-phase or reverse-phase).

Using the Second Group of Switches

Starting with switches SW4, SW5 and SW6 in the Down position;

If you only put switch SW4 into the Up position, this puts both the Bridge pickup coil and south Neck pickup coil into a Series circuit. This means you MUST turn On both the Bridge pickup coil and the south Neck pickup coil using switches SW1 and SW2 (either in normal-phase or reverse-phase) to hear any sound. In this example, the north Neck pickup coil (controlled by SW3) can be either Off or On (in normal-phase or reverse-phase).

If you only put switch SW5 into the Up position, this puts both the Bridge pickup coil and north Neck pickup coil into a Series circuit. This means you MUST turn On both the Bridge pickup coil and the north Neck pickup coil using switches SW1 and SW3 (either in normal-phase or reverse-phase) to hear any sound. In this example, the south Neck pickup coil (controlled by SW2) can be either Off or On (in normal-phase or reverse-phase).

If you only put switch SW6 into the Up position, this puts both the south Neck pickup coil and north Neck pickup coil into a Series circuit. This means you MUST turn On both the south Neck pickup coil and the north Neck pickup coil using switches SW2 and SW3 (either in normal-phase or reverse-phase) to hear any sound. In this example, the Bridge pickup coil (controlled by SW1) can be either Off or On (in normal-phase or reverse-phase).

If you put both switches SW4 and SW6 into the Up position, this puts all three pickup coils into a Series circuit. This means you MUST turn On ALL of the pickups using switches SW1, SW2 and SW3 (either in normal-phase or reverse-phase) to hear any sound. This gives you an incredible overdriven bass sound in spades.

In summary, the combinations of these switches will give you 35 pickup tones.

Audio Clips

This page has MP3 sound clips to let you hear the result our T3-Switch upgrade offers you.

Here Is What Is Included

You can select one of the following options:

  • One (ID: 006a) Classic Series '72 Telecaster Custom 3-ply Black upgrade that is completely wired. You install your own 4-wire humbucker pickup, connect your pickup wires to the green solderless terminal strip and connect the two marked upgrade wires to your input jack wires. This upgrade comes with our T3-Switch, high quality 500K Bourns controls and a ceramic .047 mfd capacitor to give you 35 pickup tones.

  • One (ID: 006b) Classic Series '72 Telecaster Custom 3-ply Black upgrade that is completely wired. You just connect the two marked upgrade wires to your input jack wires. This upgrade includes our AweSome standard 4-wire humbucker pickups and comes with our T3-Switch, high quality 500K Bourns controls and a ceramic .047 mfd capacitor to give you 35 pickup tones.

  • (depending on your choice, some or all of the following items may be included)

  • 14" (35.5cm) long cable to rewire the Neck pickup
  • 12" (30.48cm) insulated 22-gauge red wire (to extend existing wires if needed)
  • 12" (30.48cm) insulated 22-gauge black wire (to extend existing wires if needed)
  • 4 yellow/clear solderless crimp connectors (UY2)
  • 2 grey wire nuts (71B)
  • URL to download easy-to-follow instructions from our website Document Library

Tools You Need To Install This Product

You need the following tools (not supplied with purchase). Purchaser assumes all risk of liability with respect to the purchase, installation and use of this product.

  • Wire cutters / wire strippers
  • Small pliers
  • Small phillips screwdriver, small straight slot screwdriver
  • Soldering iron (30 watt maximum), 60/40 rosin core solder

To Purchase this Product

(ID: 006a) Classic Series '72 Telecaster Custom Black T3 Upgrade, neck pickup not included Qty
(ID: 006b) Classic Series '72 Telecaster Custom Black T3 Upgrade, includes standard 4-wire humbucker pickup Qty



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Shipping Details

Shipping: All products are shipped via United States Postal Service. Allow 7-10 days for delivery.
Shipping Details: Shipping generally occurs within three business days of payment.
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Other Information

Notes: Ask questions before purchasing. Purchaser assumes all risk of liability with respect to the installation and use of these products.

This switching system cannot be used with active (battery-powered) pickups or pizeo pickups.

Active (i.e., battery-powered) pickups manufactured by Bartolini, EMG, Seymour Duncan, etc. will not work with our growing family of high performance patented Pickup Switch UpgradeTM products. These active pickups use a design that prevents any of the pickups from being put into series because it sends -9VDC back to the first pickup, shorting out the circuit. Although some manufacturers now sell "add on" products to give you some of the functionality that our products automatically provide, this design limits their versatility and increases the cost to the musician. Many people who have tried these products remove them because they are "too sterile sounding". Anything that uses batteries will likely go dead at a crucial time - like when you're performing or in the recording studio. Bill Lawrence was right when he said, "Batteries belong in flashlights."






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