The ESQUIRE prewired kit corresponds to the circuit with the three capacitors from 1950. This circuit was designed by Leo Fender so that the sound in pos. 1 resembles an electric bass (two .05 MFD capacitors in series), Pos. 2 is the usual tone control with a cap as with a standard Tele, and in pos. 3 the pickup is switched through directly without a tone control.
Position 1 - "Fake" bass position (no tone control 2x capacitors in series)
Position 2 - Volume and Tone (as with Standard Tele)
Position 3 - Volume and no toner control (clean)
This kit is available in all possible combinations. You can choose an Oak Grigsby (NEW) or CRL Switch, 250k or 500k potentiometers, and 0.022, 0.033, 0.047, 0.100 uf capacitors. To keep the variation selection clearer, we have listed only the most common combinations. For all other combinations please select a kit with your favorite switch, and specify the desired combination during the ordering process under remarks, for example "CRL 500k 0.033uF".
Important information about the potentiometers:
The pots used are solid shaft CTS pots with 6.35 mm shaft diameter. This corresponds to the original US fender pots. For basses from Asia, Mexico and Europe, mostly 6 mm diameter split shaft pots are used, e.g. also in the Strat models. This means that the buttons may have to be slightly drilled out or replaced, but are usually possible without any problems. Each kit is also optionally available with split shaft pots of the same quality upon request (please before purchase).
The shipping costs for most EU countries are € 12,-. You can find more information about shipping costs under the link directly below the product costs (inkl. Mwst., zzgl. Versandkosten). If your destination country is not listed here, please contact us to calculate the shipping costs.
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BECAUSE WE ARE ONLY SATISFIED WITH THE BEST.
All our prewired kits have matched pots and caps. This means that we measure all potentiometers and capacitors before installation, select them, and use them according to their values where they deliver the best possible result in combination with the pickups. This is important because original pots have tolerances of up to +-20%. In extreme cases, a 500k pot can have values of only 400k or up to 600k ohms. Not infrequently good pickups are replaced unnecessarily, because they sound muddy, weak or thin. In reality, however, the problem is often not due to bad pickups, but simply to inferior wiring, which mercilessly destroys the actually perfect sound.
We compared enormous quantities of capacitors in interaction with various pickups and thus determined the most suitable tone caps under real conditions. The capacitors are hand-selected HQ film capacitors with very low tolerance, very similar in design to the originals from the fifties. The vintage paper wax skin gives the caps an additional look. Our capacitors are so close to the originals of the 50's that nobody will hear a difference.
In all our kits only the best components from well-known manufacturers like CTS, Switchcraft, CRL or Oak Grigsby are used. All kits are carefully manufactured in small quantities and professionally handcrafted, and delivered to satisfied customers all over the world.