Pre-Wired Guitar wiring harness | 5-way HSH Stratocaster kit | Right & Left handed
I usually make harnesses to order, due to the variety of spec options that could be chosen across the whole range. The turnaround time for a harness orders is around 3 working days depending on quantity of orders in at the time and your order will be updated accordingly when it is dispatched. This turnaround time doesn't include the transit time. Thanks for your patience whilst I get your harness made!
I have spent my guitar playing life around Stratocasters. I first become interested in them at the age of 5, seeing the likes of Hendrix, Clapton, SRV and Gilmour playing them on concert VHS tapes that my parents would put on whilst growing up. Although I was young, I soon noticed that all these people were playing the same type of guitar, and that really caught my eye. On my 6th birthday I asked for a guitar, and was incredibly lucky enough to have received a Squier Strat, and the Strat in general was pretty much all I played right up until my 30s. So needless to say, the Strat harness range is close to my heart and something I wanted to ensure is the best quality product I could offer to help bring out the best in your Strat too.
This is the 'HSH' harness for Strats with a Humbucker neck, single coil middle & humbucker bridge configuration. Guitars with a mixture of Humbuckers and Single coils can offer a particular issue when it comes to wiring, the pot choice compromise! Do you opt for the more traditional Single coil choice of 250k pots, which can lead to a dark sounding humbucker position. Or a 500k pot which will get the best from the humbucker but could lead to an overly 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.
This harness doesn't split the humbucker coils, this is a traditional configuration harness without coil splitting.
I also battled with the choice of whether to retain the more traditional strat control layout of a master volume, Tone pot 1 for neck and middle pickups and the Tone pot 2 for the bridge pickup. Or alternatively, so we can use the correct value tone pots for the different pickup types, have the Tone pot 1 as 500k for the neck and bridge humbucker, and Tone pot 2 as 250k for the middle single coil. The latter seemed a little clunky to use upon testing, so this harness will come as the more traditional configuration.
Left handed choices
Not sure whether Left Handed/Reverse audio taper pots are 'right' for you? Check out this article I put together addressing the subject, and hopefully it will help you find the correct choice for your playing. HERE
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 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.
For reference, the CTS pots I use in this harness have a shaft diameter of 9.52mm.
For the HSH Stratocaster harness I use 500k split shaft pots, which are 24 spline 5.95mm split shafts. 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 - 48mm
Centre of volume pot to centre of tone pot 1 - 45mm
Centre of tone pot 1 to tone pot 2 - 45mm
These measurements for my templates were taken from a USA Fender Stratocaster pickguard.
Tone 1 - Neck Humbucker and Middle Single Coil
Tone 2 - Bridge Humbucker
Position 1 - Bridge Humbucker
Position 2 - Middle Single coil and Bridge humbucker Parallel
Position 3 - Middle single coil
Position 4 - Neck humbucker and Middle single coil Parallel
Position 5 - Neck humbucker
- CTS 'TVT' Series +/-10% Tolerance short shaft pots - 500k SPLIT shaft
- .022uF 'Yellow Mustard' type tone capacitor (If you'd prefer a different value capacitor, do please get in touch and I'd be more than 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 5 way spring loaded lever switch
- Pure Tone multi contact jack socket
- Soldered using Rapid 22SWG lead-free solder
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!
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 90% 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.