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: Starting a new mod project.
: pictoratus July 10, 2011, 03:48:39 PM
I'm in the process of starting a new mod project on my Peavey Generation EXP Triple Single. My plan is to make an Esquire out of it. I've ordered a plain, no pup hole, black guard for it and also have a Dimarzio Designed TE-101B bridge pup from a Squier Vintage Modified Thinline Telecaster on the way. Since the bridge is already a three saddle steel unit, I've got some Wilkinson compensated brass saddles on the way to finish that out the way I want. It's already got Vintage style tuners, not split post though, that work well and I'll be replacing the plastic nut with a Tusq nut.

Here's what it looks like now:

(http://pictoratus.com/picture_library/Peavey5.jpg)


I've researched the Esquire wiring and have found a few different variations on the web. Anyone have any experience and/or tips with the different types of Esquire wiring schemes?
: Re: Starting a new mod project.
: creekster52 July 11, 2011, 01:54:54 AM
Hey Pic - Try posting that question in the Tele Forum. There are a lot of very Tele-knowledgeable guys there.

http://www.tdpri.com/ (http://www.tdpri.com/)
: Re: Starting a new mod project.
: pictoratus July 11, 2011, 06:32:26 AM
Good idea. Thanks, creekster.
: Re: Starting a new mod project.
: robert July 11, 2011, 12:22:50 PM
How about this?

www.specialtyguitars.com/kits/esquire_diagram.pdf
: Re: Starting a new mod project.
: pictoratus July 11, 2011, 09:12:17 PM
Thanks, Robert. I think I will have every possible way to wire an Esquire by the time I finish this!  ;D
: Re: Starting a new mod project.
: DetroitBlues July 13, 2011, 09:30:19 AM
You could also look up RS Guitarworks.  They have special kits that may help too.
: Re: Starting a new mod project.
: reb July 13, 2011, 12:08:31 PM
i haven't wired an esquire, but have messed with a couple teles. when i need some wiring hints, i go to:

http://www.seymourduncan.com/support/wiring-diagrams/

i posted the main page, as it looks like there are a couple choices for esquires. sometimes, i have had to dope out what i'm going to do, but the diagrams help even then.
: Re: Starting a new mod project.
: pictoratus July 13, 2011, 09:11:38 PM
A friend of mine on a different forum just built an Esquire and used a wiring harness from RS Guitarworks. It sounds great!

Here's a video of it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoJvA95ci3Q (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoJvA95ci3Q)
: Re: Starting a new mod project.
: pictoratus July 13, 2011, 09:13:36 PM
Thanks, reb

I think I've found one I'll use for a start to see how it sounds. I can always change it pretty easily if I'm not happy with it. One of the advantages to owning a Tele style guitar; easy to get to the electronics.
: Re: Starting a new mod project.
: DetroitBlues July 14, 2011, 07:44:15 AM
i haven't wired an esquire, but have messed with a couple teles. when i need some wiring hints, i go to:

http://www.seymourduncan.com/support/wiring-diagrams/

i posted the main page, as it looks like there are a couple choices for esquires. sometimes, i have had to dope out what i'm going to do, but the diagrams help even then.

An Esquire is a tele with no neck pup.  Just in case some readers didn' t know.
: Re: Starting a new mod project.
: DetroitBlues July 18, 2011, 04:08:23 PM
any updates yet?
: Re: Starting a new mod project.
: pictoratus July 18, 2011, 09:21:22 PM
Got the pickguard in and installed. Also got the saddles and pickup, so the bridge is back on and I restrung it. Still need to get a three way switch and have to shape, size and install the nut.

I've got it wired temporarily just to check to make sure the pup works and everything is good to go, but I'll have a better idea of how it sounds when I get the switch in and wired.

I'll post a few pics later.
: Re: Starting a new mod project.
: pictoratus July 21, 2011, 07:39:29 PM
Finally got some pics uploaded. Still waiting on the 3-way but it's getting there.

Here's with the new pickguard and pickups removed

(http://pictoratus.com/picture_library/PreEsq2.jpg)

And with the bridge installed with the new saddles and Duncan Designed pickup

(http://pictoratus.com/picture_library/PreEsq6.jpg)

I'll do some complete pics showing the whole guitar when I get it done.
: Re: Starting a new mod project.
: zagatron1 July 22, 2011, 12:40:50 AM
I see you got them "compensated" saddles on that joint. Love 'em. You'll love 'em when you put it all back together. Makes quite a difference.
: Re: Starting a new mod project.
: reb July 26, 2011, 09:20:13 AM
is that the same neck you started with, pic? i can't tell from the angle of the first picture...but the second looks like there is more figure in the wood.

looks like solid progress to me.
: Re: Starting a new mod project.
: DetroitBlues July 27, 2011, 04:10:58 PM
is that the same neck you started with, pic? i can't tell from the angle of the first picture...but the second looks like there is more figure in the wood.

looks like solid progress to me.

I was going to say the same thing.  It looks a little different, (in a good way!)
: Re: Starting a new mod project.
: pictoratus July 27, 2011, 07:05:06 PM
Yeah, it's the same neck and it is a beauty not only in looks but plays nice. It's a 12" radius, which I like (good for string bends), and is pretty chunky. I don't really like thin necks much, just doesn't feel right.

I got the 3-way switch in the mail earlier this week ... just have to wire it up and do a good setup on it.
: Re: Starting a new mod project.
: pictoratus August 15, 2011, 08:07:28 PM
Well it's taken a while since I kept adding parts here and there as I got them in and I also had to decide on how to wire it but I've finally finished this Esquire project. It looks great and I'm really liking the sound I'm getting from all three positions on the switch with this one pickup.

Along with the 3 saddle compensated brass saddles, the Fender 3-way and the Duncan Designed stacked pup, I added some nice black coated brass broadcaster style knobs.
Here's a few pics:

(http://pictoratus.com/picture_library/Esquire01.jpg)

(http://pictoratus.com/picture_library/Esquire02.jpg)

(http://pictoratus.com/picture_library/Esquire03.jpg)


Yep, it's still a Peavey!

(http://pictoratus.com/picture_library/Esquire07.jpg)




Here's a drawing of how I wired it. I took a drawing of a Esquire wiring diagram I found on the web and modified it to show what I did for this mod. A lot of research and feedback from a lot of people helped me to decide what parts and values to use. I couldn't be happier with the way it sounds now.

(http://pictoratus.com/picture_library/50s_EsquireWiring_010Mod.gif)

I'm not positive as I haven't checked them but I suspect the pots are 500K.
: Re: Starting a new mod project.
: DetroitBlues August 16, 2011, 07:54:16 AM
Looks great.  You have yourself a bonified Esquire!  Now show the world your best Bruce Springsteen! (Rumor has it, he was a big Esquire player for a very long time)