NGD Picked Up A Modded Tele. Dual Blade (barden?) Bridge And 5 Way Switch Mod.

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  1. golem

    golem Well-Known Member

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    So first I have to admit my ignorance in two aspects about this tele.
    1. I've never taken a tele bridge pickup out of a tele. It wasn't coming out like I would expect so I didn't pop out the bridge pickup to figure out if it really is a Barden. If it is, I'm guessing it's a Modern T Bridge because this thing sounds fat.
    2. I have no idea in heaven's name what wiring scheme this thing is using but it's awesome through the Gibson GA-5.
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    • The body seems to be one piece. A few dings but nothing that would deter anyone but a collector.
    • It's a California series Fat Tele.
     
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    I'm quite pleasantly surprised with this find.
     
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    Nice score!!
     
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    I love my new baja tele. It can twang with gusto, but the 4th position "both 'buckerz in parallel (or is it series)" give it a cool tele+ sound. Unless a song begs for some country tone, it stays in position no. 4.

    HNGD!
     
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    Looks really nice, congrats!
     
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    Yours has hb's?

    The added 4th position is series. Traditional middle position is parallel.
     
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    It’s a five way. It’s not using that wiring scheme. I have a theory that it’s using coils from the humbuckers in a way that inner or outer coils are in parallel.


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    Now that I think about it, it’s probably inner and outer coils in series not parallel.


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    The first time I read this I didn’t catch that you were referring to the Baja. His wiring isn’t quite stock if I recall correctly. It may have just been the switching and not the tonal options.


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    I have a California series tele too, they only made them in 1997. There was a fire at the California plant so all the USA parts were shipped to mexico to be finished and assembled. I will have to say it's a shame they modded out the bridge pick up, because the original was pretty damn sweet and I LOVE the 5 way switch that split the neck pickup, it was a perfect guitar as made in my opinion, necks on that series is to die for.
    Mine is a fiesta red, been trying to pick up a matching strat for years but they cost a pretty penny these days....if you can find one.
    Out of my 5 teles the California series is prob my number 1 fav
     
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    Next string change you should be able to just remove the 4 screws that hold the bridge and flip it over to see the bottom of the pickup.
     
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    So I do have to remove the whole bridge?

    I didn't realize the 5 way switch is a stock feature. I really like this bridge pickup, whether it's a Barden or Gotoh (pretty sure it's not GFS, Duncan, or Dimarzio, or Lawrence).
     
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    Yes, you would have to remove the whole bridge. It’s only 4 screws on that one, so a lot easier than removing a strat pickguard. Nice tele!
     
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    yup, that was a special feature of this series! easy to take the bridge off
     
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    Sweet! Rail teles jam!!
    The friggin telecasters are out of controle around here,
    there taking over!!
     
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    I'm pretty sure it's a Barden now (haven't lifted it up up the bridge to check though). There's a certain way that Barden aligns the blades on Bridge pickups (i.e, because that pickup is angled) that people on some forums say other manufacturers don't bother with.

    Here's an example for comparison.

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    @Hoser that sounds dreamy. I NEEED to see pics of that baby!
     

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