Prewired Telecaster Control Plate

(102 customer reviews)

$100.00$110.00

Customize and upgrade your Telecaster, instantly with the Lindy Fralin Telecaster Control Plate. With over 150 combinations available, you can select your options, and we’ll wire it up just how you like it. Installation involves soldering a few wires into place. As always, we only use the finest-quality USA-Made parts we can find.

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Add-Ons

We can wire up an output jack, or pre-install our Volume Kit for a few extra bucks!

Volume Pot Push-Pull Mods

You can add functionality to your tone by adding a Push-Pull Pot on your Volume Pot. Choose between our Bright Switch, Engage / Disengage Volume Kit Mod, or a regular Coil Split if you have a Humbucker.

Tone Pot Push Pull Mods

Need even more functionality? Choose between the Bright Switch, Two-Tone Cap Mod, and Series Parallel Push-Pull Mod..

Tone Cap

We will hook you up with 2 tone caps if you choose two tone pots. Please use the “Additional Information” field below to tell us which tone cap goes where. If the Two-Tone Cap Push Pull Pot is chosen, select two tone cap values and let us know how you would like it to work.

Esquire Wiring

Wiring for an Esquire? Check the box below for Eldred Wiring.

Additional Information:

To speed up your Control Plate, we need to know which tone cap goes where – please use this field to give us all information!

Due to the nature of Raw Nickel, Raw Nickel may contain slight cosemetic defects or abrasions.

We recommend using 2-Conductor With Shield Lead when purchasing a single pickup. 2-Conductor lead allows you to reverse the phase should you have phase issues. Learn More



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Want to learn more about our Prewired Telecaster Control Plate? Here's all the information you'll need:

Prewired Telecaster Control Plate FEATURES:

Our Pre-Wired Telecaster Control Plate is designed by you and built by us. Chrome and Aged Chrome Prewired Control Plates come loaded with the highest quality materials available – from CRL® and Oak-Grigsby® Switches to CTS® Pots. Of course, all our parts are made in the USA and are assembled and wired by hand in Richmond, VA.

Look & Feel

We offer Chrome Telecaster Control Plates and Aged Nickel Telecaster Control Plates. Aged Nickel Telecaster Control Plates all have a unique patina to them to make them look slightly reliced and older. Due to the aging process, each Aged Nickel Telecaster Control Plate is unique, and no two are alike.

Orientation:

We can wire up your Tele Control Plate a couple of different ways: Normal Orientation and Flipped Orientation.

  • Normal Orientation: With a Normal Orientation Telecaster Control Plate, your switch is closest to the headstock.
  • Flipped Orientation: With a Flipped Orientation, the Control Plate orients with the Switch closest to the Output Jack, and the Volume Pot closest to the headstock. This is great for those who love to utilize volume swells.

Lindy Fralin Pickups Normal Or Flipped Orientation

 

Wiring

We can wire up your switch a couple of different ways – here are your options:

  • 3-Way CRL: This will give you normal Telecaster functionality – Bridge Only / Bridge – Neck / Neck Only.
  • 5-Way CRL: This is perfect for Nashville Telecasters, with three pickups.

Pot value:

Choose 250K Pots if you have single-coil Telecaster pickups or pickups that are brighter. 250K pots will make darker sounding pickups too dark and muddy.

Choose 500K Pots if you have Humbuckers, P-90’s, or other dark-sounding pickups. 500K pots will make single-coil Telecaster pickups sound too shrill.


Tone Cap Value:

Read up on our Tone Caps here.

  • .02 mfd sounds excellent on most Fender guitars and will give you a medium roll-off in tone.
  • .05 mfd will offer a much deeper and darker roll-off than .02.
  • Magic Cap: This is a low capacitance cap (.0015 mfd) and only works on the Bridge Pickup only. The effect is extremely subtle – not like a regular cap. It tends to make treble strings sound slightly fatter.

Mods

We can add some cool push-pull modifications to your control plate to shape your unique sound. For an explanation of the Bright Switch, click here.

The 2-Tone Cap Modification allows you to have two-tone caps on your guitar at the same time. If you want this, please let us know in the “Order Notes” field on the checkout screen which cap you want when pushed down, and what cap you want when pulled up.

FAQs

  • How long will my Control Plate take? Please give us five days to build and assemble your Control Plate. All orders are made to order and wired by hand.
  • Can you wire it up without the Chrome Plate? As it turns out, No. If this matters to you, you can pull out all the wiring once you receive it to put it in your Control Plate. It’s just too time-consuming and unsafe to ship without a solid control plate holding everything together.
  • Can I return my Control Plate? No. Since these are so custom and made to order, all Telecaster Control Plate sales are final, and not available for exchange or return.
  • What if I don’t see what I want? Please use the “Notes” field on the checkout screen to type in any special requests. Use this field to describe how you want it wired as well if you wish to have anything customized. We’ll make it to your specs.
  • Do you offer different knobs and plates? We can special-order these – please add 2 -3 weeks to your order.

Sizing:

Telecaster Control Plate Dimensions

Installation

Installation is easy, and only takes  a few steps. Check out our in-depth Telecaster Control Plate Installation Guide Below:

Telecaster Control Plate Installation Guide

Prewired Telecaster Control Plate Questions And Answers:

Have a question about our Prewired Telecaster Control Plate? Leave it here! We will answer your question within 24 hours.

6 Questions about Prewired Telecaster Control Plate

  1. Hi there, I was just wondering if the pot values will effect the pickups. I want to get a vintage hot strat neck pickup and a p90 bridge pickup but the recommended pot value on both of them are different and I don’t know if I should choose 250k or 500k pots on the pre wired control plate.

    1. Hey Adrian, you can request 300K pots as long as you don’t need any Push Pull pots, and 300K will split the difference between 250 and 500. Also, if you need a Push Pull pot, we can do a 300K on the Volume Pot only and and a 250 or 500K Push Pull pot on the tone. Just use the “Notes” field on the checkout screen to request.

  2. Hey There! I have a Seymour Duncan Little ’59/Vintage Stack Tele Humbucker Pickup 2-piece Set – wondering which options above you’d recommend going with. 250, 500? And, a coil split oiption – would that work with the Little 59? Many thanks in advance. Pete

    1. Good question! I would consult the Seymour Duncan team to see what they recommend. I searched for a bit but couldn’t find what pot value they recommend or if you can split the pickup.

  3. can I have a strat pickup for neck and tele for bridge, for my tele? I want the blues specials

  4. I want to try my Vaughn Skow Velvet Telecaster pickups in a Squier Classic vibe 50’s Butterscotch Tele. I already have your stock Teles in my MIM Tele – It’s my FAVE!!! But I’m trying these Skows – could you build a control plate assembly with Vaughn’s .1 uf cap that he recommends to go with his pickups, and what will the resulting sound difference be like (.47 vs .1)? I found this recommendation during an interview he had online with Lindy at a NAMM show (2016). Thought I’d put these pickups to good use and see what they are like. Any help or thoughts would be greatly appreciated. By the way, I also have your p-90’s in my 69 LP deluxe, and it finally got me the LES PAUL Sound I always wanted!!!! Thanks! Ray

    1. Hey Ray,

      Yes, we can do that. We have 0.1’s in stock. Please request it in the “Order Notes” field on the checkout screen.

  5. Why is the series/parallel push-pull mod for the telecaster control plate not recommended for use with higher output pickups?

    1. Combining two higher-output pickups together can make a really dark, muddy tone. This is because you are creating a humbucker out of both of these pickups.

  6. Hi I recently wrote I am looking for a 4 or 5 way switch. I have a humbucker in the neck and a single coil in the bridge telecaster . So I want ..Neck hum Full / Neck Hum split to north coil only /Neck Hum Split to North coil and bridge / Neck Hum Full and Bridge/ Bridge Single coil. Can you build this. I am not sure about the caps or there resistance choice.


CUSTOMER REVIEWS

102 reviews for Prewired Telecaster Control Plate

  1. Adrian

    Hi there, I was just wondering if the pot values will effect the pickups. I want to get a vintage hot strat neck pickup and a p90 bridge pickup but the recommended pot value on both of them are different and I don’t know if I should choose 250k or 500k pots on the pre wired control plate.

    • Tyler Delsack (Manager, Fralin Pickups)
      (store manager)

      Hey Adrian, you can request 300K pots as long as you don’t need any Push Pull pots, and 300K will split the difference between 250 and 500. Also, if you need a Push Pull pot, we can do a 300K on the Volume Pot only and and a 250 or 500K Push Pull pot on the tone. Just use the “Notes” field on the checkout screen to request.

  2. Martin
    Verified Buyer

    Juste amazing … great tone… great product … with the blues special tele pickup: this is the best upgrade ever!
    Thanks so much!

  3. Pete

    Hey There! I have a Seymour Duncan Little ’59/Vintage Stack Tele Humbucker Pickup 2-piece Set – wondering which options above you’d recommend going with. 250, 500? And, a coil split oiption – would that work with the Little 59? Many thanks in advance. Pete

    • Tyler Delsack (Manager, Fralin Pickups)
      (store manager)

      Good question! I would consult the Seymour Duncan team to see what they recommend. I searched for a bit but couldn’t find what pot value they recommend or if you can split the pickup.

  4. Burt
    Verified Buyer

    Great quality and construction. The checking on the control knobs is outstanding and crisp. The installation and instructions are easy to use even for a novice.

  5. BARRY JAMES GATHERCOLE

    can I have a strat pickup for neck and tele for bridge, for my tele? I want the blues specials

    • Tyler Delsack
      (store manager)

      Sure thing – simply add each pickup individually to your cart. You can use the “Notes” field on the checkout screen to let us know they are going together.

  6. Peter Sahakangas
    Verified Buyer

    New Control Plate for 2002 MIM Tele

    This review is an update from a previous one. Since Tyler responded to my original posting with a solution to the resistance issue on the volume knob, I made the adjustment and now it is a smooth experience from 1 to 10. If only everything was so simple! I felt the need to change my rating from 4 stars to 5 stars. Thanks again, guys …

    Tyler Delsack (Store Manager) June 29, 2021:
    Hey Peter, Thanks for your review! Regards to the tone knobs, try unscrewing the set screw a touch and backing the knob away from the plate a tiny bit. We check this at the shop but sometimes they slip through. That should fix your issue.

    Original posting (June 26, 2021):
    At the same time as replacing my pickups, I ordered a new pre-wired control plate with jack, as the original 3-way switch, wobbly knobs and jack had a tendency to make cracking sounds. The new switch and knobs no longer feel unsure of themselves, and am happy with the results. I give this product 4 stars in lieu of 5, as the volume knob feels like it has some resistance on the first half – the other half is very smooth. On another note, I never used the tone knob on my Tele in the past, as it just made the sound muddy, but found that it is now a lot more musical and will be utilizing it in the future. Nice job, guys!

  7. Adam
    Verified Buyer

    Top quality components. Easy enough to install with very basic soldering skills. The temporary lead wires that are removed when you connect the pickup wires are a great idea – error-free installation. I went for the parallel/series mod and this adds a great tone with both neck and bridge pickups active in series – huge sound. The knurling on the knobs is great, too. Makes for easy volume swells. I had to rout out about 1/4″ from the middle section of the control plate cavity in my Mexican Tele (for the push/pull volume pot with treble bleed option) so be prepared for that if you go that way. Couldn’t be happier.

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NOTES ON FINISH:
  • Aged Control Plates are aged by hand and feature slight defects and a raw look. We cannot guarantee that the plate you receive will look like our photos - they are all unique.
  • We cannot guarantee finish matching of the plate and knobs perfectly. Because of this, we cannot provide a return to you if you are unhappy with the finish matching of our Prewired Telecaster Control Plate.
HARNESSES:
  • Our parts and wire lengths are designed to work seamlessly with our Prewired Telecaster Control Plate. Due to various guitar and instrument designs, we cannot guarantee that our parts will fit properly, and due to this, we do not offer Wiring Harnesses.
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Product details
Set or Single:

Neck

Type:

Soapbar

Neck Output:

5% Underwind

Bridge Output:

N/A

Type of Lead:

2 Conductor (Recommended If Buying A Single Pickup)

Soapbar Covers:

Black (Set / Single)

$110.00
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Set or Single:

Bridge

Magnet Stagger:

Stock Stagger

Right-Handed or Left-Handed:

Right Handed

Neck Cover:

N/A

Bridge Options:

White String (Default)

$110.00