October Mod Of The Month: Flipped Control Cavity For Telecaster®

For October, we’re going to be taking a break from the usual electronics mods! (Whew.) Instead, we’re going to focus on a more practical mod for your Telecaster. Lindy first saw this mod being used by Bill Kirchen, and soon used this mod on all of his Telecasters. This mod involves flipping the control cavity plate around, for easier access to your Volume Pot for volume swells.

Within a few steps, you can flip your control cavity for a whole new world of functionality under your fingertips. Let’s dig into the mod and see how to perform it:

The MOd:

This modification requires a little more than simply unscrewing the plate and flipping it around. It requires you to re-order the pots, and flip the switch as well. More often than not, a good wiring job has nice, short leads between connections, and a nice clean look. This presents a few problems to this modification: you might not be able to simply “flip” the switch, and your Neck pickup lead might not be able to reach the switch in the first place.

If you’re interested in this mod, I recommend stripping everything off of the control plate, and starting from scratch. It will make your job a little easier. It also might be a good idea to have some extra Cloth Wire handy, your soldering iron hot, and a little patience!


Wiring Diagram:

Please note that the Volume Pot will be closest to the Neck pickup in this drawing, and the Switch will be closest to the Bridge.

Reverse Control Cavity For Tele

How It WOrks:

Your first knob closest to your neck pickup will be your volume pot. You can easily grab this with your pinky finger to create some awesome-sounding volume swells a la Bill Kitchen and Danny Gatton.

Your Tone Knob is next in line. Nothing has changed about it, so, you know what to do.

Your Switch might take a little getting used to, but it’s still intuitive: by flipping it around, Position 1 is still your Bridge, and Position 3 is still your Neck. In other words, your Blade Switch will point to the pickup it’s selecting, like it always does.


Well, that’s about it. It will take a bit of getting used to, but I have personally found this mod very useful, and almost necessary for any Telecaster I play. Lindy got me hooked on it, and we’re sure you’ll love it as well. Let us know if you do anything different in the comment section below, and happy modding!

One Comment

  1. I’ve done that mod to every tele I’ve owned for many years. The main reason is I got tired of smacking the switch with my picking/strumming hand and moving the switch to pickups i did not want to on. It was also nice to have the volume control on top and close at hand. That, and I enjoy tinkering with my wire cutters and soldering gun 🙂

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