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    For a guitar with only 1 pickup, it's amazing how many different ways people have come up with the wire the Tele Esquire. 

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    Here's the wiring of the original Fender Tele Esquire. 


    1. Volume Pot - No Tone Pot
    2. Standard Volume & Tone Pots
    3. Volume Pot & Fixed Tone


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    Original Fender Tele Esquire Wiring





    Here's the wiring of the original Fender Tele Esquire switching, but with a 3-way toggle switch. This requires a 4PDT On-On-On toggle switch like the one DiMarzio sells.. 


    1. Volume Pot - No Tone Pot
    2. Standard Volume & Tone Pots
    3. Volume Pot & Fixed Tone


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    Original Fender Esquire Switching with 3-Way Toggle Switch



    Here's the wiring of what is commonly called the Eldred Mod Tele Esquire. The original Fender bassy fixed tone position is modified so that there is only one cap to ground. Typically, that cap is .0047uF, but some people prefer .0033uF or some other value. 

    3-Way Switching:

    1. Volume Pot - No Tone Pot
    2. Standard Volume & Tone Pots
    3. Volume Pot & Fixed Tone Cap


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    Tele Esquire Eldred Mod Wiring





    You will usually see the Eldred Mod wiring setup like it is pictured above, but once you've only got one fixed tone cap, the switch wiring can actually be simplified to look like this. 

    3-Way Switching:

    1. Volume Pot - No Tone Pot
    2. Standard Volume & Tone Pots
    3. Volume Pot & Fixed Tone Cap


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    Tele Esquire Simplified Eldred Mod Wiring



    Tele Esquire - Rob DiStefano



    From the tdpri forums, here's Rob DiStefano's favorite Tele Esquire wiring setup. It's essentially the same as the Eldred Mod, but with a smaller value cap for the tone pot. This wiring setup could also be simplified like the Simplified Eldred Mod diagram above.

    3-Way Switching:

    1. Volume Pot - No Tone Pot
    2. Standard Volume & Tone Pots
    3. Volume Pot & Fixed Tone Cap


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    Rob DiStefano's Favorite Esquire Setup





    Here's the wiring of what is commonly called the Eldred Mod Tele Esquire, but with a 3-way toggle switch. The original Fender bassy fixed tone position is modified so that there is only one cap to ground. Typically, that cap is .0047uF, but some people prefer .0033uF or some other value. 


    3-Way Switching:

    1. Volume Pot - No Tone Pot
    2. Standard Volume & Tone Pots
    3. Volume Pot & Fixed Tone Cap


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    Esquire with Eldred Mod & 3-Way Toggle Switch



    Here's the wiring of what is commonly called the Arlo Cocked Wah Mod Tele Esquire (named after Arlo West). 

    3-Way Switching:

    1. Volume Pot - No Tone Pot
    2. Standard Volume & Tone Pots
    3. Volume Pot & Cocked-Wah Fixed Tone


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    Tele Esquire Arlo Cocked Wah Mod Wiring




    Tele Esquire - Modified Eldred Mod

    This one is similar to the Eldred Mod setup, but in this one, Position 1 not only removes the tone control from the circuit, but also gives you the pickup at full volume. The full value of the volume pot is still connected to the pickup, but the wiper is disconnected. Not quite the same thing as the pickup straight to the output jack, but close.

    3-Way Switching:

    1. Full Volume - No Tone Pot
    2. Standard Volume & Tone Pots
    3. Volume Pot & Fixed Tone Cap


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    Typical 3-Way Tele Esquire





    1. Standard Volume & Tone

    2. Standard Volume & Tone – Bass Cut

    3. Volume & Fixed .0047uF Tone Cap


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    Tele Esquire 3-Way with Bass Cut & Eldred Mod



    I consider this setup obsolete, as I figured out how to get the same functionality with a standard 3-way switch (see below) but I've left it here anyway.

    This wiring requires a 3-Way Super Switch, which can be found on ebay.


    3-Way Switching:

    1. Straight to Output Jack
    2. Volume - No Tone Control
    3. Standard Volume & Tone


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    3-Way Esquire with Super Switch







    This wiring requires a 3-Way Super Switch, which can be found on ebay.


    3-Way Switching:

    1. Straight to Output Jack
    2. Standard Volume & Tone
    3. Volume & Arlo Cocked Wah


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    Esquire 3-Way Arlo Cocked Wah







    3-Way Switching:

    1. Straight to Output Jack
    2. Volume - No Tone Control
    3. Standard Volume & Tone


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    Esquire with Straight Out Choice







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    Schematic for Esquire with Straight Out Choice








    3-Way Switching:

    1. Humbucker Straight to Output Jack

    2. Humbucker with Volume & Grease Bucket Tone
    
3. Bridge Side Single Coil with Volume & Grease Bucket Tone


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    Humbucker Esquire 3-Way with Grease Bucket Tone





    This is the same wiring setup as above, but with a 4PDT On-On-On 3-Way Toggle switch instead of the standard Tele 3-Way switch.


    3-Way Switching:

    1. Humbucker Straight to Output Jack

    2. Humbucker with Volume & Grease Bucket Tone
    
3. Bridge Side Single Coil with Volume & Grease Bucket Tone


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    Humbucker Esquire 3-Way with Grease Bucket Tone





    Same as above, but with the neck side single coil in Position 3.


    3-Way Switching:

    1. Humbucker Straight to Output Jack

    2. Humbucker with Volume & Grease Bucket Tone
    
3. Neck Side Single Coil with Volume & Grease Bucket Tone


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    Humbucker Esquire 3-Way with Grease Bucket Tone



    This is the same wiring setup as above, but with a 4PDT On-On-On 3-Way Toggle switch instead of the standard Tele 3-Way switch.



    3-Way Switching:

    1. Humbucker Straight to Output Jack

    2. Humbucker with Volume & Grease Bucket Tone
    
3. Bridge Side Single Coil with Volume & Grease Bucket Tone


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    Humbucker Esquire 3-Way with Grease Bucket Tone



    3-Way Switching:

    1. Coils in Parallel
    2. Humbucker w/ Arlo Cocked Wah – No Tone
    3. Humbucker


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    Tele Esquire 3-Way Humbucker DiMarzio



    3-Way Switching:

    1. Coils in Parallel
    2. Humbucker w/ Arlo Cocked Wah – No Tone
    3. Humbucker


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    Tele Esquire 3-Way Humbucker Seymour Duncan




    3-Way Switching:

    1. Inside Coil
    2. Coils in Parallel
    3. Coils in Series


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    3-Way Humbucker Esquire



    3-Way Switching:

    1. Outside Coil
    2. Coils in Parallel
    3. Coils in Series


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    3-Way Esquire Humbucker





    3-Way Switching:

    1. No Output
    2. Outside Coil
    3. Coils in Series


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    3-Way Esquire Humbucker





    3-Way Switching:

    1. No Output
    2. Inside Coil
    3. Coils in Series


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    3-Way Esquire Humbucker


    Tele Esquire - Straight Out & Eldred Mod Options


    3-Way Switching:

    1. Straight to Output Jack
    2.Standard Volume & No Load Tone
    3. Volume & Eldred Mod cap



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    3-Way Esquire




    Tele Esquire - Kill Switch & No Tone Options


    3-Way Switching:

    1. No Output
    2. Volume - No Tone Control
    3. Standard Volume & Tone


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    3-Way Esquire





    Tele Esquire - Kill Switch & Eldred Mod Options


    3-Way Switching:

    1. No Output
    2.Standard Volume & No Load Tone
    3. Volume & Eldred Mod cap


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    3-Way Esquire








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    3-Way Esquire









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    3-Way Esquire Schematic - 50's Wiring








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    Esquire 3-Way No Pots





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    Esquire 3-Way No Pots 2





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    4-Way Esquire







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    4-Way Esquire







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    4-Way Esquire







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    4-Way Esquire







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    4-Way Esquire







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    4-Way Esquire






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    5-Way Esquire







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    5-Way Esquire







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    5-Way Esquire







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    5-Way Esquire






    5-Way Switching:

    1. Humbucker w/ Volume & Tone
    2. Humbucker Straight to Jack
    3. Humbucker w/ Eldred Mod – No Tone
    4. Humbucker w/ Arlo Cocked Wah – No Tone
    5. Neck Side Coil w/ Volume & Tone


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    5-Way Esquire Seymour Duncan Humbucker



    5-Way Switching:

    1. Humbucker w/ Volume & Tone
    2. Humbucker Straight to Jack
    3. Humbucker w/ Eldred Mod – No Tone
    4. Humbucker w/ Arlo Cocked Wah – No Tone
    5. Single Coil w/ Volume & Tone


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    5-Way Esquire Dimarzio Tele Humbucker







    5-Way Switching:

    1. Neck Side Coil
    2. Coils in Parallel
    3. Humbucker w/ Arlo Cocked Wah – No Tone
    4. Humbucker w/ Eldred Mod – No Tone
    5. Humbucker


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    5-Way Esquire Seymour Duncan Humbucker



    5-Way Switching:

    1. Single Coil
    2. Coils in Parallel
    3. Humbucker w/ Arlo Cocked Wah – No Tone
    4. Humbucker w/ Eldred Mod – No Tone
    5. Humbucker


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    5-Way Esquire Dimarzio Tele Humbucker





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    Esquire with Volume & Tone Only







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    Esquire with Volume Only