Sometimes, compromise is a good thing.
In the past, Tele players had to choose between having their pickups wired in parallel (standard Tele) vs. wired in series. Fender's factory-standard parallel wiring configuration offers relatively consistent output across all three pickup positions. But a Tele wired in series gives a "fatter" tone and higher output, when both pickups are on.
This high quality Oak Grigsby 4-way modification switch allows players to have both wiring options.
Bridge Pick Only
Bridge and Neck Pickups (in Parallel)
Neck Pickup Only
Bridge and Neck Pickups (in Series)- resulting in "fatter" tone and higher output