#1
if i wanted to change my tele to an esquire could i just remove the neck pickup and then bypass it? i hope the image below will explain what i mean. if that doesnt work, how do i remove the neck pickup and rewire it?


#2
First of all, why do you want to change it to an Esquire? All you're getting is a telecaster with significantly less tonal capabilities. I prefer the neck and middle position quite a bit more than the bridge pickup anyway.
#4
To an extent. There are a couple other things you would need to do for it to be a real Esquire. You would mainly need to get atleast a 2 way switch (3 way for modern fender esquire switching) and have 1 position bypass the tone control, and 2 position to go pup>tone>output. But for modern its a bit different.
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#6
no, because the 3 way (as on my 74 tele) is bridg pos.=bridge pup/ mid=neck light/ neck=neck full

i think modern might be bridge/bridge & neck/ neck.
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#8
so the giuitar will only work if the three way is in the bridge position, will the tone and vulume pots be functional?
#9
yes, but it will just be that one tone for the whole time.....only plus i can find is you can then use the switch as a kill switch.
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'07 Gretsch 5120
'69 Tele
'10 Godin 5th Ave. Kingpin
'03 Blueridge Dreadnought
'02 Custom Martin D-28
Premier Twin-8
Fender Hot Rod Dlx
Boss SD-1
#12
That is the diagram you will need to wire your Tele to become an Esquire.

Or you could wire the bridge pickup straight to the volume knob.
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#14
to change it from a bassy to more trebley lead tone, but the lead tone is all i want so im gonna wire it the way i posted.
#15
Pickup switching on an Esquire is as follows

bridge pos. - Bridge pickup straight to volume pot and jack (Tone knob bypassed) Giving you an even sparklier, brighter sound than a telecaster bridge position.

middle pos. - "regular tele bridge position" i.e. Tone and volume knobs working like normal.

neck pos. - Tone and volume knobs both working and with cpacitors in the circuit bleeding off treble to give you a more bassy sound.

Just because it only has 1 pickup doesn't mean it's not versatile. and POS 1 and 3 you can't really get those sounds on a normal Telecaster.

So yes.. If you actually want to make it an Esquire, wire it to the diagram Will_Minus posted.