New Signature Series wiring harness options
I'm always striving to find ways to further improve my own products. Whether it's quality of components, personally improving my techniques used to make harnesses or offer a great range, it's all something I think about a lot and ensure I take in your words of praise and custom requests.
I've decided to introduce a few things as options now, things I often got requested to make so it made sense to make them a standard feature. For Gibson style harnesses, you now have the choice between my usual Home of Tone Modern wiring style, or the popular 50s style wiring.
Home of Tone Modern style, or 50s Style wiring?
This is really down to personal preference, I've been solely offering my Home of Tone modern style for many years now with fantastic customer feedback, but I've had a few requests over the years for custom order 50s style harnesses so I thought it was time to introduce it as an option to choose from rather than a secret handshake! So, which would suit my needs best?
The general consensus is that Modern wiring maintains the overall volume better than 50s style, maintaining volume when rolling down the tone pot for example, but it does lose some of the high end 'treble' frequencies when rolling down the volume pot. Although with the addition of a treble bleed, this is rectified and modern style can be the best of both worlds (so that's an option here too!).
With 50s style, more treble frequencies are retained when lowering the volume pot, but the volume and tone controls work differently together and you can find that as you roll the tone pot down, you will notice the volume drop a little.
There really isn't a right or wrong, but hopefully the paragraph above helps in making the right choice for you.
I've also introduced the option of adding a treble bleed mod to your pre-wired harness. Although not necessarily a common request, I felt it was worth adding to the line-up to have pre-wired to your harness as it may have been a deciding factor when choosing where to buy a harness from.
With or without Treble Bleed?
First up, what does it do? A Treble Bleed kit takes the 'high' treble tone frequencies out of the circuit at the volume pot, and puts them back in the circuit as the signal leaves the volume pot. This means the treble frequencies are prevented from naturally bleeding out of the circuit as your turn your volume pot down. The result is a smoothed out treble and a more uniform tone from 1 to 10. Reducing the treble drop out as the volume pot rolls off. Some guitar players wouldn't be without a treble bleed, and many have never used one on their guitars. Truth is, it is very much personal preference. I personally don't use a treble bleed mod on any of my guitars, and this is just due to the way I play. If you like the idea of retaining treble as you roll your volume pot down, then a treble bleed is for you!
My personal favourite option I've introduced now, is making ordering a harness for Left Handed players a lot easier. I've always made and offered them, but before it felt like a secret handshake, e-mail me for custom request kind of thing which I wasn't happy about. It needed to made available just as easily as a conventional right handed harness was.
Righty or Southpaw, the choice is there to suit however your play!
Alongside the usual right handed replacement wiring harnesses, I also make these in left handed orientation. After a lot of research and customer orders over the years it seems 99.9% of Lefty players are used to using guitars with traditional RH taper pots. This is mainly because many guitar manufacturers simply fitted RH taper pots in LH taper guitars. But some LH players do of course prefer using LH taper pots, whatever your preference as a Left handed Strat player, I offer the spec to suit.
Something that has been an option on most of the range for a while anyway, I've tried to help make a simpler process by adding a helpful description into the option onto each harness listing. The choice between capacitor ratings!
Which Capacitor Value will I need?
As a rule the general recommendation is .022uF for humbuckers, .047uF for single coils. This is usually based off the pickup manufacturers recommendations, but you can of course use whichever you choose for the given application. I personally prefer .022uF for both single coil and humbuckers for example, the reason being that a .022uF will 'roll off' less treble than a .047uF, making the pot 'sweep' sound a touch more gradual. A .047uF will be an ever so slightly 'steeper' roll off of trebles. It's personal preference, but first port of call would be to check out your pickup manufacturers recommendation and go from there. For reference, all McNelly Pickups are recommended to pair with .022uF capacitors. Hope this helps!
I hope all this helps those looking at buying a harness, options to suit your budget, tastes and guitar styles are all available and it truly means a lot that people decide to go for my work in a market so full!