Lindy Fralin 4-Way Switching Push Pull Pot Mod

4-Way Switching With A Push-Pull Pot

Last Updated: April 23rd, 2020

Recently, we’ve heard that certain 4-Way Switch manufacturers are not 100% compatible with the Fender Telecaster Control Plate. We’ve found that the switch swings too wide, getting blocked by the Plate itself. This prevents the switch from making full contact to all terminals, and thus not working correctly. Our 4-Way Switching mod will solve this problem.

We’ve done some brainstorming and research. We’ve found that the 4-Way Switching with a Push-Pull Pot modification is a great option for those looking to get the Series / Parallel modification, and still keep their 3-Way switch. Let’s check out some benefits of this mod:


BENEFITS OF 4-WAY SWITCHING WITH PUSH-PULL POT:

There are a few benefits to 4-Way Switching With A Push-Pull Pot:

  • Keep your 3-Way Switch – no 4-Way switch needed
  • Achieve the Series sound in any position
  • Once done with Series sound, simply push down and you’re back to your original position

HOW IT WORKS:

This mod works like a normal Telecaster, except, pulling up on the Push-Pull pot engages Series wiring. What that means is that you can be on any position, pull up, and BOOM – Series. Pushing back down on the Tone Pot disengages the Series wiring, and you’re back to the 3-Way switch, in the same position you left it. Pretty cool.

TOOLS / PARTS NEEDED:

  • 250K (or 500K, whatever your guitar already has) Push-Pull Pot
  • Neck Pickup (with cover ground separated)
  • Rosin-Core Solder
  • Soldering Pencil
  • Fender Cloth Lead
  • Soldering Kung-Fu (no purchase necessary)

4 Way Switching Mod - Fralin Pickups

A note on the image above: The Push Pull Pot wiring is on the left, the regular Tone Pot wiring is on the right. I wanted to draw it up so it’s clearer and less jumbled. There’s only one Push Pull Pot.


That’s it! Follow the instructions above, and you’ll have a “Series Switch”. Pretty awesome, right? Yeah. It’s awesome.  Happy modding!

P.s…If you don’t want to get your hands dirty, let us do it for you with our Prewired Telecaster Control Plates! Just choose the mod under ‘push-pull mods’.

8 Comments

  1. How come I have a terrible noise until I touch some metal parts with my hands?
    I did double check your shematic and my connections. There is also a wire from bridge to common ground.

    1. There is a grounding issue on your guitar. If you can touch your bridge assembly or strings and the ground noise goes away, that’s indicative of a bad ground on your bridge assembly. I would recommend checking it over again or taking it to a guitar tech for diagnosing.

  2. How would you use 50’s type wiring with this?

  3. James Straubsays

    I love the idea of pulling up on the pot to have series no matter why position you are in. I was wondering if you could show me how to do it using the volume pot as the push/pull instead of the tone pot? The reason is that I had my heart set on using a no-load pot for the tone. Thank you very much!

  4. Joe Eggerssays

    what if you have a non covered neck pickup? do you need the 3rd wire on the neck?

    1. Tyler Delsack - Fralin Pickupssays

      Joe,

      You do not need a 3rd wire neck if you don’t have a covered neck. Thanks!

      Tyler

  5. Pierre Desaulnierssays

    Could you tell us some of the 4-Way Switch manufacturers models that are not compatible with the Tele control plate? thanks and keep up the great work

    1. Tyler Delsack - Fralin Pickupssays

      So far, some of the Oak Grigsby models are not working 100%. Will keep everyone posted on the rest of them, as they occur.

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