Prewired Telecaster Control Plate

  • Customizable
  • USA-Made
  • Easy Installation
(117 genuine reviews)

$100$110

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

Pre-install our Volume Kit for a few extra bucks. Add Resistors to optimize your tone if you have a Tele with a Humbucker or P90 in the Neck or Bridge. Only select the Resistor where the brighter pickup will be. For instance, if you have a Humbucker Neck, add a 500K resistor to your Bridge.

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

If the Two-Tone Cap Push-Pull Mod is chosen, select two tone cap values and use the “Notes” field to let us which cap you want in the “up” or “down” position.

Output Jack * 

Let us know what Output Jack to install. The Pure Tone Output Jack contains dual tension grounds and dual positive tips for optimal signal and the lowest possible noise.

Esquire Wiring

Wiring for an Esquire? Check the box below for Eldred Wiring. We use a Film & Oil .0047 cap for a unique tone. Note: This mod is for Single Pickup Guitars only.

Left Handed

We can make your control plate in a Left-Handed configuration. Please note that Push Pull Pot mods are unavailable in a Left-Handed configuration.

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!

Notice

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

Recommendation

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

Lead Time

A Lead Time of 3-4 Weeks is just an estimate. Lead Times are subject to change depending on the current shop capacity and size of the order. We will always try to complete your order quicker than the stated lead time.



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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® 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

  • 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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? Ask it here. Your Question will be publically visible.

If you want to ask a Private Question, please contact us through our Contact Us Form.

If you have multiple questions, please call us at (804) 358-2699.

    I got an squire afinity series and want to upgrade both the pickups and control plate. Can I buy the blues pickups and the prewired control plate and swap the parts? Or do I need to use some of the originals? Both pickups are single coils. I also like the idea of series tone
  1. Q I got an squire afinity series and want to upgrade both the pickups and control plate. Can I buy ...... Read more
    There are no answers for this question yet.
  2. Can you please do the elred mod so I can simply solder my pickup and jack in to make my tele a esquire?
  3. Q Can you please do the elred mod so I can simply solder my pickup and jack in to make my tele a es...... Read more
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    Hey Stephen, yes, our Eldred Mod will allow you to simply solder 1-2 wires.

  4. Hello, I have a no hum p90 humbucker I am planning on putting on my tele at the neck position, then buying the Split Steel Tele for the bridge. In the descriptions, you recommend 500k pots for the no hum P90 Humbucker and 250k pots for the Split Steel Tele bridge. How should I order the prewired control plate? Thank you
  5. Q Hello, I have a no hum p90 humbucker I am planning on putting on my tele at the neck position, th...... Read more
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    Hey Anthony, all we need to do is use 500K pots and use a 500K resistor on the Bridge position, like this wiring diagram here. Just use the "Notes" field on the checkout screen to request it, and we'll take care of it at no additional cost!

  6. I'm looking for a pre-wired controls for a Telecaster. I'm putting a P90 in the neck and a standard tele single coil in the bridge. Which product would you suggest? Should I use the 300k pots for the mix of pickups? I found the wiring diagram you have but not anything regarding the pots/contols.
  7. Q I'm looking for a pre-wired controls for a Telecaster. I'm putting a P90 in the neck and a standa...... Read more
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    Hey Jerald, I would suggest going with 500K pots and use the "notes" field to request a resistor so the "bridge pickup sees 250K". We'll do that at no extra charge.

  8. Can I get you to wire a push-pull pot to reverse phase polarity?
  9. Q Can I get you to wire a push-pull pot to reverse phase polarity?
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    Yes. Please select any Push Pull option, and use the "notes" field on the checkout screen to request.

     

  10. Hi, What tone cap is standard on your Telecaster prewired control plate? I have a 2016 USA American Standard and I'd like to keep the stock sound. I just had an Emerson 4- way put in and I hate the sound. Unbalanced, strange out of phase tones and lost the sparkle on the neck pickup. Unfortunately I tossed the stock Fender harness so I don't know what Fender used. I just want my original tones back and with standard 3-way switch. It has Fender Pu... Read more
  11. Q Hi, What tone cap is standard on your Telecaster prewired control plate? I have a 2016 USA Americ...... Read more
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    Hey Jeff, we offer a wide array of tone cap options, but our standard is the 0.02mfd cap. We have two types here: a Ceramic Disk (no upcharge) and a Film & Oil ($10 upcharge). The film and oil cap has a little tighter tolerance and is made in the USA.

     

  12. I'm local in Richmond can I come and pick up a new Telecaster switch plate and pick ups.
  13. Q I'm local in Richmond can I come and pick up a new Telecaster switch plate and pick ups.
    A Hey Robert, yes - simply choose "Local Pickup" for your shipping method, and we'll call you when everything is ready!

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CUSTOMER REVIEWS

117 Genuine Reviews for Prewired Telecaster Control Plate

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. Jarrid Cecil
    Verified Buyer

    Customer added no additional comments

  5. Gregory Johnson
    Verified Buyer

    Let me get to the point. If you need any help in how to wire like I do, then Fralin is THE thing. They put sample wires on the proper connections. All you have to do is replace those with your own. They are clearly labeled and just what I needed. I’ve bought several of these now and will never buy anywhere else. Fralin understands not all have the same kind of expertise.

    As for the quality: second to none. You might find some cheaper but these give you the confidence of knowing you’ll never have to replace them down the road unless you choose too. Can’t say enough about how these are the best. Same for their pickups. Thanks Lindy and colleagues.

  6. Blair Watkins
    Verified Buyer

    Sounds like heaven! Fralin products perform beyond my imagination!!

  7. Emanuel Muhr
    Verified Buyer

    I put the pickups and the control plate in my American Pro Telecaster. The stock PUs sounded good but a bit sterile to me. With the +2 pickups however the tone is so lively and it responds so much better to pick attack. Harmonically rich tones. Rings out beautifully. Installation was very easy because labeled temporary wires were soldered to the control plate so I didn’t need any wiring diagram. Highly recommended.

  8. Peter Sahakangas
    Verified Buyer

    New Control Plate for 2002 MIM Tele:
    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!

    • Tyler Delsack
      (store manager)

      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.

  9. Julio Berlingeri
    Verified Buyer

    Customer added no additional comments

  10. Wayne Williams
    Verified Buyer

    Tele Pickups

    Had an old Tele with old pickups. Decided to install some REAL pickups ! Lindy’s are THE BEST. You can’t ask for better

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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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