Awesome Guitars – Telecaster Control Plate – Review.
Ever since electric guitars were first
produced, players have always tried to find ways to produce
further variations of the sounds originally possible from
their instruments. Think back to the in-between positions
on a Stratocaster, or the change in wiring on the first Telecaster
to allow full use of all pickups.
Bearing this in mind we are reviewing
today the Awesome Guitars T2 custom control plate that allows
6 unique tones on a telecaster style guitar equipped with
two single coil pickups.
The guitar chosen for this test is a
Squier CV Telecaster Custom, in stock form.
First before installing the new control
plate I would suggest that you take photographs of the current
wiring and if possible draw a diagram to reflect the current
Once this is done then simply cut the
wires from the pickups, control jack and earth connections
to the control plate.
Tip: cut these as close to the connection
Next wire the pickups and input jack
to the new control plate using the push fit connectors on
the T2 connector block.
Also you need to check if the control
plate will fit into the cavity. Some guitars made in the Far
East such as mine have an extra piece of wood which will need
to be removed.
For exact instructions please refer
to the document provided by Awesome Guitars
As we all know the standard three sounds
available on a Telecaster which are;
Pickups in Parallel (Normal Phase)
The upgrade gives us the following three
new sounds ;
and Neck Pickup (in parallel, reverse phase)
and Neck Pickup (in series, normal phase)
and Neck Pickup (in series, reverse phase)
results are definitely interesting; with some sounds I never
thought I would hear from a Telecaster, include a very nasal
sounding reverse phase sounds . However there are several
aspects of the control plate which I would think need improving.
Appearance: Most guitarists I am sure would prefer
a chrome plated control plate with as opposed to the plastic
one. I believe this will offered in the near future.
No solder terminals: Awesome guitars have sold many of
these units with no issues, but some old school guitarists
(myself included) would prefer solder terminals or at least
screw on terminals for better electrical continuity and reliability.
Ease of use: Some of the mini switch combinations
give no sound, and to be honest can be confusing, better documentation
and perhaps an instructional video would be useful to allow
users access to all the sounds.
All in all
definitely a useful upgrade which thinks outside the box to
provide guitarists with added tones to their sonic arsenal.
information please visit the Awesome Guitars website