Signature Series Pre-Wired Stratocaster 'Blender' harness kit
The waiting time is around 3-4 working days depending on quantity of current orders and repair jobs in at the time. I'll always endeavor to turn orders around quicker and your order will be updated accordingly :)
If you have a Strat style guitar that isn't a Fender, I can happily make a harness to suit your guitar. So please feel free to get in touch, and we will compare measurements to ensure it's suitability.
About Pre-Wired Harnesses
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!
About the 'Signature Series'
After a number of years of making my harnesses, from offering a range of options and further developing the product, it has lead me to this natural road. My Signature Series. This is my personal choice of premium components as the highest grade replacement guitar electronics.
The series features my new USA made paper in oil capacitors and Pure Tone multi contact jacks as standard. Along with the brilliant CTS 'TVT' series +/-5% tolerance pots (on RH taper harnesses), 22awg wire with modern insulation and a lacquered cotton braid finish and a CRL spring loaded lever switch.
If you're upgrading from perhaps standard import or Japanese built guitars which have metric sized pots, you may need to widen the holes in your pickguard etc to accommodate the slight larger US made quality pots we use. If you are fitting this harness to a USA built Stratocaster, there is a good chance it already has imperial, US spec components meaning this will be a direct fit.
All harnesses come with fitting notes and a wiring diagram, but I have also written a fitting step-by-step guide for Strats which can be read here on the blog!
About the Strat Blend Wiring
The wiring schematic we use for our Strat Blend wiring harness ultilises the below controls and positions. This wiring mod has been popular and requested a few times now, meaning it make sense to make it part of the standard range here. It opens up the tonal ranges available from a strat, well worth considering!
Tone 1 - Master Tone
Tone 2 - Blend
Position 1 - Bridge (Can add neck pickup with blend pot)
Position 2 - Middle and Bridge Parallel (Can add neck pickup with blend pot)
Position 3 - Middle
Position 4 - Neck and Middle Parallel (Can add bridge pickup with blend pot)
Position5 - Neck (Can add bridge pickup with blend pot)
Blend control turned fully clockwise, no blend. So in this position it's acting like a conventional strat, albeit with a master tone instead of 2 tone controls.
Blend control turned fully counterclockwise, full blend. Where the fun begins!
- CTS 'TVT' Series +/-5% Tolerance shortshaft pots - 250k, split shaft pots as standard on Strat kits.
- CTS No Load 250k pot
- USA made Paper in oil Capacitors. .022uF or .047uF depending on your preference.
- 22AWG wire
- Pure Tone multi contact jack socket
- CRL spring loaded 5 way lever switch
- For treble bleed option, I will use my Home of Tone Treble Bleed kit
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!
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!
What comes with my harness?
You'll be supplied with your completed, made to order wiring harness. But as of Jan 2019, in an effort to reduce the amount of paper/packaging used in every harness order heading out the door and make things a little more environmentally friendly as a result, I have made my harness fitting guide as well as all relevant wiring diagrams available on my website. These can be viewed HERE. The harness also comes mounted on an MDF template, which might be handy for future use too!