Hoagland Custom, located in sunny Fernandina Beach, Florida, has specialized in custom guitar wiring and pickup making for over 25 years and we love what we do!
This is among the VERY FIRST Telecaster wiring offered by Fender!
This Nocaster wiring harness features the Fender Custom Shop “Mike Lewis Mod”. If you don’t like how warm the traditional Nocaster wiring harness is, you’ll love this one! A change in cap & resistor values and this is a tone monster!
Here’s the Fender Custom Shop video on it: The Mike Lewis Mod
The 1950 Nocasters & Broadcasters and (later) Telecasters had a few differences between them: different shaped necks, slight differences in the bodies, the pickups were different (the bridge was slightly hotter than conventional Teles and the neck was underwound quite a bit for more clarity and less muddiness), and the wiring was different.
Introduced for national distribution as the “Broadcaster” in the autumn of 1950 as a two-pickup version of its sister model, the single-pickup Esquire, the pair were the first guitars of their kind manufactured on a substantial scale. A trademark conflict with a rival manufacturer’s (Gretsch Broadkaster) led to the guitar being renamed in 1951. Initially, the “Broadcaster” name was simply cut off of the labels placed on the guitars (leading to a limited run of nameless guitars known as “No-casters”) and later in 1951, the final name of “Telecaster” was applied to the guitar.
February 1951 Fender “NoCaster” guitar specs:
- Fender decal with “Broadcaster” cut off. Collectors call this a “Nocaster”. Decal is usually silver (cut silver Broadcaster decal), but there are a few “Nocasters” with gold decal (probably cut gold Esquire decals by mistake!)
- The diagonal route between the neck pickup and the pot cavity is always present. In addition, there is also sometimes a hole going from the neck pickup to the bridge pickup that was used on Broadcasters for the neck pickup wiring (which is not used on the Nocaster). Note some early “Nocasters” do not have the diagonal route.
- Kluson Deluxe tuners with NO “Kluson Deluxe” in a single vertical line (aka “no line”), no second hole on side of gear shell (for the tuner peg), NO “pat. appl” on side bottom side of gear shell (moved to underside of tuner base).
- Brass bridge pickup grounding plate.
- Sometimes a “D” stamp is seen on either the neck or body neck pocket, or both until 1954.
- According to Smith, about 1100 Fender guitars were made during 1951 where 275 were single pickup Esquires, 100 Broadcasters, and about 475 Nocasters and 250 Telecasters.
Fall 1951 Fender Telecaster guitar specs:
- After all the cut “Nocaster” decals were used, “Telecaster” decals appear around 9/51. Still a silver “spaghetti” Fender logo with black trim.
- The placement of the Fender logo between spring 1951 and late 1951 is parallel to the neck end and not at an angle, as seen before and after last 1951.
- Kluson Deluxe tuners with NO “Kluson Deluxe” in a single vertical line (aka “no line”), ADDED second hole on side of gear shell (for the tuner peg).
- Truss rod adjustment screw changed from slot.
This Nocaster wiring harness allows you to combine the neck pickup with the bridge pickup by blending in just as much neck pickup as you like.
HARDWARE: (included are dress washers/nuts & switch mounting screws)
- optional chrome control plate, knobs, & mounting screws
- optional chrome control plate with slanted switch, knobs, & mounting screws
- optional nickel control plate, knobs, & mounting screws
- optional black control plate, knobs, & mounting screws
- optional gold control plate, knobs, & mounting screws
- P1 – Bridge pickup with active blender to allow neck pickup to be added
- P2 – Neck pickup alone – blender does nothing, no tone control
- P3 – Neck pickup with .05mfd capacitor (very warm tone, blender does nothing)
- CTS or Bourns Pro Series volume control, 250k value, audio taper
- CTS or Bourns Pro Series blend control, 250k value, linear taper
- .001mfd value capacitor
- 10k resistor, 1/2watt
- 3-way lever style switch
- Switchcraft mono output jack
- Gavitt vintage style, cloth covered wire
- easy-to-follow wiring diagram
- tech support phone & email
Contact Hoagland Custom with any questions regarding this wiring solution, our custom, handcrafted Hoagland Custom pickups, or any other guitar wiring solution that you might need.