Pre-Wired Guitar wiring harness | 3-way 'HS' Telecaster kit | Right Handed
I usually make harnesses to order, due to the variety of spec options that could be chosen across the range. The waiting time for harness orders is around 3-5 working days depending on quantity of orders in at the time and your order will be updated accordingly when dispatched.
The Telecaster is an iconic instrument, that defined a brand, inspired so many musicians and set the bar for the electric guitar moving forward. Thanks to the likes of Keef (you know the one) and many more, 'HS' configuration Teles have been incredibly popular. But it does offer a particular issue when it comes to wiring, the pot choice compromise! Do you opt for the more traditional Tele choice of 250k pots, which can lead to a dark sounding humbucker position. Or a 500k pot which could lead to an overly bridge Tele single coil sound. Some players may well prefer either of those anyway, but if you'd rather reduce the compromise and try to help each pickup sound it's best, then this harness may be of some help to you! It does use 500k pots, but the single coil runs alongside a 470k resistor meaning the humbucker will 'see' it's preferred 500k pot rating, and the single coil will 'see' closer to it's preferred 250k pot rating. It's not THE solution for everyone, but it has proved to be really popular for an awful lot of players who have seen/heard the benefits of this set-up.
I've made it available for either humbucker neck/single coil bridge Teles or single coil neck/humbucker bridge depending on your guitar's configuration.
I have intended for my wiring harnesses to be as simple as possible to install to your Telecaster, as well as writing in depth fitting guides, how-to instructions documenting the step by step process as well as a simple to follow wiring diagram.
The parts I use, in particular the pots, are US made CTS branded pots which are imperial measurements. If you're fitting this harness to a far east built variant for example such as a Squier or similar, then you may have to widen the holes in the control plate to accommodate for these imperial measurement pots. Or alternatively, purchase a new control plate that is already suited to the US spec components.
For reference, the CTS pots I use in this harness have a shaft diameter of 9.5mm.
For the HS Tele harness I use 500k split shaft pots, which are 24 spline 5.95mm shafts. Depending on which control knobs you have originally, you may either require brass conversion sleeves to convert the split into solid shaft 6.35mm pots or if your original control knobs aren’t already US spec then you may require new control knobs.
Depending on your preference too, as the 500k pots have a slightly longer thread length, you may also want to add an additional nut and washer to space the pot so the shaft sits a little lower on the control plate and therefore the control knob a little more flush with the control plate.
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.
Centre to centre measurements between components are -
Centre of Switch to volume pot - 40mm
Centre of volume pot to centre of tone pot - 64mm
These measurements for my templates were taken from a USA Fender telecaster control plate.
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!
- CTS 'TVT' Series +/-10% Tolerance short shaft pots - 500k SPLIT shaft
- SoZo .022uF Mustard tone capacitor (If you'd prefer a different value capacitor, do please get in touch and I'd be happy to help, but as standard all of my kits come with .022uF value)
- RS Pro Carbon 470k resistor
- Gavitt USA made cloth covered 22AWG wire
- 20AWG Tinned copper ground
- CRL 3 way spring loaded lever switch
- Pure Tone multi contact jack socket
- Soldered using Rapid 22SWG lead-free solder