Lucifer wrote:If you’re into onboard circuits and batteries, then fine.
My way of balancing the pickups, however, would be to switch the neck pickup from a series humbucker to parallel humbucker (The Super D is a 4-wire pickup, so this mod is easy).
Again, I would use a pull switch on one of the pots. There are plenty of diagrams on the web for the wiring.
Switching from series to parallel drops the neck output, and gives a brighter, almost single-coil tone, which would blend nicely (tonally and volume-wise) with the bridge pickup to give you a normal-ish sounding Tele - without batteries, boosters or having cut out chunks of the guitar body.
mictester wrote:That sounds like you need to break into the wire from the bridge pickup (disconnect the "live" side from the switch contact) and feed that into your clean boost. The output of the clean boost gets connected to where the "live" wire was disconnected from! If you want to, you can build a boost circuit with two selectable outputs - one in-phase and the other out-of-phase, but that mightn't give you much more than you already get from your 5-position selector.
mictester wrote:I put a couple of small FET buffer / amplifiers into a Tele recently. There was just enough room beside each pickup to house the tiny PCB without hacking into the woodwork. I used "phantom" powering up the guitar lead, so I didn't need to house batteries in the guitar body. This was fine, but the guitar now has to be used with its associated floor box (that provides the phantom supply). The owner suggested yesterday that the supply box could also have a couple of effects in it, so I've started on a version of the Pearl CO4 compressor and a fuzz face (silicon with the added base to collector capacitors for a more "germanium" sound), with an added treble booster option.... The owner plays (sort of) "psychedelic country" and loves the range of sounds available with this combination.
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