Signature Series Pre-Wired 4-way Telecaster harness kit - Right Handed
I usually make harnesses to order, due to the various options that could be chosen. The waiting time for harness orders is around 3-5 working days depending on quantity of orders in at the time. I'll always endeavor to turn orders around within that time frame and your order will be updated accordingly when dispatched.
Please note that the main product photos may appear slightly different to the harness you receive. Please don't worry about this, I am constantly finding new and improved ways to assemble my harnesses and great care and attention is taken in making your harness orders, one by one.
About Pre-Wired Harnesses
After introducing harnesses to my product line-up back in 2015, listening to customer feedback, undertaking my own testing & taking on board customer requests over that time, I've come to find my favourite specs & components to use. I decided to name these harnesses my 'Signature Series', which I suppose is just a fancy way of saying I trust these components in providing you & your guitar a solid replacement and/or upgrade.
I wrote an extensive article about replacing your guitar's wiring harness, answering the main questions about each component and the potential differences and improvements that can be had in doing so. To read the full article, click Here!
The series features UK made +/-3% tolerance .022uF polypropylene film capacitor, and Pure Tone multi contact jacks as standard. Along with the brilliant CTS 'TVT' series +/-5% tolerance pots, Gavitt 22AWG wire and a Oak 4 way lever switch.
HERE is my fitting tips and guide which is a must read for any pre-wired harnesses orders.
I have also compiled an article answering some commonly asked questions, which might help you too! You can read that article HERE
Fitting a 4 way telecaster harness is a little different to a conventional 3 way harness, in that the neck pickup cover requires an additional ground wire adding which allows for the series position. I have written a guide to do this HERE. This is also shown on the wiring diagram to follow, but please keep this in mind, correct grounding is essential for this schematic to work as it should.
If you're fitting this harness to perhaps a copy, standard import or Japanese built Telecaster guitar for example which often have metric sized shaft pots originally, you may need to widen the holes in your control plate etc to accommodate the slighty larger imperial US made quality pots we use. If you are fitting this harness to a USA built Telecaster, there is a good chance it already has imperial, US spec components meaning this will be a direct fit. CTS 'TVT' pots I use in this harness have a shaft diameter of 9.5mm.
You may also require new control knobs to fit the CTS pot 'spline' diameter of 6.35mm.
If you do require US spec control knobs, we do carry a selection of popular options in stock and they can be viewed in the hardware & plastic hardware categories on the store.
I mount my harnesses to a template board of which the measurements were taken from a USA spec Telecaster control plate. The centre to centre measurements between components are -
Centre of Switch to volume pot - 40mm
Centre of volume pot to centre of tone pot - 64mm
You will find a handy fitting guide to harnesses here
For the wiring diagram to follow during fitting -
4-way Telecaster Right handed
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 harnesses now only come with the option of .022uF rating tone capacitor. Why? Well first of all very often the choice of value was confusing for some customers, as ultimately it is personal preference. But after chatting to them to help decide which, 99.9% of the time .022uF was the final choice. This has become pretty much the only value cap I was using day to day on orders as .022uF offers a more subtle, gradual roll off of treble frequencies compared to a .047uF creating a more 'usable' control of the tone pot. I personally use .022uF in my own guitars, and it is also the recommended value to pair with McNelly Pickup applications too, so this decision along with being the most popular customer choice became a no brainer!
I am currently using a very high quality audio grade UK made polypropylene film capacitor. These are incredibly solid construction, offering reliability which for me is key to a long lasting item in your guitar, as well as a super tight +/-3% tolerance on the value. Why is that important? Well ultimately it is the value which will tell you most about how the cap will 'sound' or respond, the more accurate the tolerance the more reliable the response in use.
Due to the quantity of harness orders over my week away (6th-13th), it has wiped me clear out of stock of my capacitors! The next batch isn’t due for 4 weeks time(9th August), so as a quality temporary alternative, I will be using SoZo Yellow Mustard .022uF capacitors. Please bare this in mind if considering ordering in the short term or please get in touch. Cheers, James
- CTS 'TVT' Series +/-5% Tolerance long shaft pots - 250k, solid shaft pots as standard on Tele kits.
- UK made +/-3% tolerance .022uF polypropylene film capacitor
- Gavitt USA made 22AWG wire
- 20AWG Tinned copper ground
- Oak 4 way wafer switch
- Pure Tone multi contact jack socket