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Preparing your Tele pickups for installation of Ilitch Hum-Canceling system

We have decided to start out our blog with a series of installation tips for our hum-canceling systems.This topic will cover some useful modifications that you should consider before installing one of our systems.

Tele Bridge pickup mod:
Most Tele bridge pickups come with a metal base plate. The base plate is attached to the bottom of the pickup and it is connected
to the black pickup ground wire using a short jumper. In this way, the base plate is grounded.

When installing the Ilitch hum-canceling system, the ground connection of the Bridge pickup must be separated from the guitar GROUND.

In order to keep the base plate securely grounded, you need to run an additional wire from the base plate ONLY to the control cavity.

On the picture this is the red wire (could be any color flexible wire) and it needs to be connected to the Volume potentiometer housing
The Black Bridge pickup wire is now available to be connected to the Blue wire from the Adjusting PCB.
This modification converts the Bridge pickup from 2-conductor to 3 conductor output wire, and makes it ready to be connected to the system.

Note:
Some Tele guitars originally use the same black wire of the bridge pickup to ground the guitar bridge plate.
When we modify the bridge pickup output wires, it is better to run a separate wire to ground the bridge plate because
it cannot be securely grounded
via the 3 bridge pickup mounting screws.
This separate wire will need to be soldered to the main guitar ground on the volume pot housing.

Tele Neck pickup mod:
Most Tele neck pickups come with a metal cover which covers and shields the neck pickup. The cover is connected to the black pickup ground wire using a short bare wire jumper. When installing the Ilitch hum-canceling system, the ground connection of the Neck pickup must be separated from the guitar GROUND. In order to keep the neck cover grounded, we recommend running additional wire from the neck cover to the control cavity.

On the picture this is the red wire (could be any color flexible wire) and it needs to be connected to the Volume potentiometer housing
The Black Neck pickup wire is now available to be connected to the White wire from the Adjusting PCB.
This modification converts the Neck pickup from 2-conductor to 3 conductor output wire, and makes it ready to be connected to the system.

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