Squier Tele Switch Wiring

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  1. Spleen

    Spleen Active Member

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    Picked up this Squier Afinity Telecaster off Facebook for $65.00
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    (Hey look my foot, not akwardly inserted into the photo at all)
    The seller said it buzzed so he rewired it and it didn’t work! I found a bunch of wire duct taped together (I should have taken pictures of the mess). The control wiring however seems mostly intact.
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    I have a question about the switch though. Looking at the clipped wires, I assume the hot wire from the bridge goes to the bottom two lugs and hot from the neck to the top two lugs? Then just ground to the volume pot? Also what is the small capacitor on the volume pot doing, is it a Tele thing?
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    Help please.
     
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    Congrats!

    I absolutely love my Affinity Tele. I modded it for string through body (alignment wasn't the greatest). I wound a few pickups for it, redid the wiring, pots, and etc. If I was a professional musician this guitar would be on tour or in the studio with me.
     

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    White wire on the middle lug of the volume pot, goes to the hot 'tip' of the output jack. Ground goes to the 'sleeve' of the jack.

    Hard to tell from this picture angle, but a white wire should run from the left lug of the volume pot (currently pictured with the treble bleed cap and the tone pot lead attached) should go to the 'common' lug of the selector switch. This is typically at one end or the other of the switch. If you look at the switch from the side, it is the lug which makes contact to the moving blade, all of the time - no mater which position it is in. Obviously, the Pickups get wired in to the open lugs which make contact for that position on the switch.
     
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    NIce grab, I never seem to find those deals... $65 would just about cover what he could've paid a tech to fix his mess.
     
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    Yeah - I'd be all over that for $65!
     
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    Actually got it all done a couple days ago, the dragonfire single coil sized tele humbucker I ordered doesn’t line up with the low e string and the overall tone is kinda weak. Haven’t bothered with trying to get a refund on the pickup cause it was only $18, considering a tele rail instead. The stock lipstick pup sounds pretty good though.
     

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