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Tele S1 Switching

Q: I get that on a Strat, the S1 switching gives you five extra pickup combinations for different sounds. But what does it do on a 2-pickup Telecaster?

A: On a Telecaster, such as the new Fender American Deluxe Telecaster, pressing in the S1 switch built-into the volume knob puts the two pickups in series when the blade switch is in the middle position (normally they would be in parallel). This results in a fatter, rounder tone, reminiscent of a humbucker, but with the flavor of a single-coil top end. The S1 switch doesn’t do anything when you select the bridge or neck pickup by itself.

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