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ID: 003 — T4 Telecaster Upgrade

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T4 Upgrade Front

T4 VT-2 Upgrade Rear

T4Plus VT-3 Upgrade Rear

T4 Upgrade wiring

T4Plus VT-3 Upgrade wiring

Product Description

Now you can Soup Up your new Player Telecaster HH, your 2018 Limited Edition American Elite HSS Telecaster, or Modern Player Telecaster PLUS to get more pickup tone power and also increase your creativity and versatility with dozens of additional fresh new pickup tones.

Your stock Telecaster is designed to give you a modest and inadequate number of pickup tones. Don't you think it's worth a few dollars more to get a Grand Canyon Wide range of 68 or 102 Blues, Jazz, Metal, Surf, Country — plus the dozens of new and different pickup tones your stock guitar simply cannot produce?

This high performance upgrade gives you the ultimate in performance at the lowest cost.

Customer Comments:
"After installing this upgrade in my guitar, I stayed up all night playing it." — Alvin Sears

"I am SO pleased with the upgrade on my Nashville Tele. The standard 5-way blade switch is an 8-pack of Crayolas when compared to your upgrade which is the 98-pack with built in sharpener. I now have colors I didn't even know I wanted. Do I need EACH of the additional tones? No, of course not; but there are many new tones which, now that I have heard them, I cannot live without. The next time I buy a guitar, your products will be that guitar's first upgrade!" — Branden Garner

Special Update: This upgrade now includes Treble Bleed circuitry plus high quality mylar tone control capacitors (with a superior linear frequency response) for unequaled versatility. This upgrade give you "American Pro Telecaster" performance from your stock guitar.

Instruments That Can Be Upgraded

You can upgrade these Telecasters.   More... >

1 To use the stock humbucker, get product #002.

Is your Telecaster in this list?   < Less

Upgrade Options

Which option do you want?

To Install This Upgrade

  1. You connect your pickup wires to the green solderless terminal strip (see picture)
  2. You connect your output jack wires to the marked wires on this product
  3. You re-attach the upgrade and start exploring the 68 pickup tones now available to you.

Using This Upgrade

This upgrade uses our T4-Switch.   More... >

There are two "groups" of switches:
    (S1B, S5B, S2B)         -and-         (S1N, S5N, S2N)
(control bridge coils)                     (control neck coils)

How It Works

The T4-Switch gives you two groups of three mini switches. Each group controls two of the four pickup coils, letting you turn each one on and off (both in normal phase and reverse phase) and also lets you select whether the two pickup coils will be in a parallel or series circuit. Putting pickup coils in a Series circuit gives you humbucker heavy-metal pickup tones. The other group of three mini switches lets you control the other two pickup coils in the identical way already described. Best of all, no soldering is needed to connect your pickup wires.

Switches SW1, SW2, SW3 and SW4 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 On (in normal-phase) and the Up position turns the pickup On (in reverse-phase).

Switches S5B and S5N are ON-ON (a.k.a. ON-NONE-ON) switches that are used to put select pickup coils into a Series circuit when in the Up position. When Down, the select pickup coils are in a Parallel circuit.

When switches S5B and S5N are in the Down position, you will get 29 different pickup tones from the various combinations of four pickup coils being Off or On (either in normal-phase or in reverse-phase) using switches S1B, S1N, S2B and S2N. These pickup tones are also due to the combination of pickup coils being in a Parallel circuit.

The other switches (S5B and S5N) are ON-ON (a.k.a. ON-NONE-ON) switches are used to put select pickup coils into a Series circuit. Here are two things you must remember when putting pickup coils into a Series circuit:

First, putting two 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 pickup coils are in a Series circuit, BOTH of the affected pickup coils 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).

What Each Switch Controls

Switch SW1: Turns on pickup coil #1 (down is normal-phase, up is reverse-phase, center is Off.)
Switch S5B: Puts both coils #1 and #2 into a Series circuit when Up. Both pickup coils MUST be On.
Switch SW2: Turns on pickup coil #2 (down is normal-phase, up is reverse-phase, center is Off.)

Switch SW3: Turns on pickup coil #3 (down is normal-phase, up is reverse-phase, center is Off.)
Switch S5N: Puts both coils #3 and #4 into a Series circuit when Up. Both pickup coils MUST be On.
Switch SW4: Turns on pickup coil #4 (down is normal-phase, up is reverse-phase, center is Off.)

For product ID 003a?, the various combinations of all of these switches will give you 68 pickup tones.

For product ID 003b?, the Tone control push-pull pot puts coil#2 and coil#3 into a series circuit. This gives you 102 pickup tones, several of which are "fat" QuadraBuckerTM pickup tones (all four pickup coils in series).   < Less

You can hear the difference

This page has MP3 audio clips to let you hear the result our T4-Switch upgrade offers you.

What You Get

Select one of these options:

Special Notes:

  1. If your instrument contains any of the following items, our product does not include them; personality cards, greasebucket circuit, passing lane switch, S1 Switch, push-push mini switch, TBX or mid boost circuit or any special controls beyond the standard 3-way or 5-way switch.
  2. Coil tapped pickups must be connected as standard 2-wire pickups.
  3. Instruments with HH pickup configuration requires two 4-wire humbucker pickups.
  4. Custom upgrade does not include Treble Bleed
    PRO upgrade includes our Professional Treble Bleed

Tools Needed

You need the following tools (not supplied with purchase).

30-Day Return Policy

We accepts all returns. You get a 30-Day Return Guarantee on all ALL your upgrade products. You can use your Upgrade for 30 days. If you don't agree this is the greatest product ever, return it for a refund — no questions asked. Buyer receives full refund in their original payment method (see our website FAQ for warranty details.)

Buy This Upgrade

Because you get a 30-day Return guarantee, you can buy this upgrade with confidence. You have nothing to lose except your lack of creativity.

(ID: 003ap) Telecaster HSS or HH PRO Upgrade,
T4-Switch, VT-2 Volume-Tone control, gives you 68 pickup tones.
(ID: 003bp) Telecaster HSS or HH PRO Upgrade,
T4Plus-Switch, VT-3 Volume-Tone control, Gives you 102 pickup tones

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Shipping Details

Shipping: All products are shipped via United States Postal Service. Allow 7-10 days for delivery.
Details: Shipping generally occurs within three business days of payment.
Saturday, Sunday and postal holidays are not business days.

Other Information

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 directly used with active (battery-powered) pickups or pizeo pickups.