Signature Series Pre-Wired Les Paul 'Short Shaft' harness kit
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 visually 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 a .022uF capacitor and Pure Tone multi contact jacks as standard. Along with the brilliant CTS 'TVT' series +/-10% tolerance pots, Gavitt 22AWG wire and a Switchcraft 3 way short from toggle 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
If you're fitting this harness to perhaps a copy, standard import or Japanese built Les Paul guitar for example which often have metric sized shaft pots originally, you may need to widen the holes in your guitar's body etc to accommodate the slighty larger imperial US made quality pots we use. If you are fitting this harness to a USA built Les Paul, 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 5.95mm.
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.
The mounting board I ship my harnesses out on, were taken from measurements of a USA build Gibson Les Paul. The centre to centre measurements between components are -
Centre of neck volume pot and neck tone pot - 63mm
Centre of neck volume pot and bridge volume pot - 50mm
Centre of neck tone pot and bridge tone pot - 50mm
Centre of bridge volume pot and bridge tone pot - 61mm
You will find a handy fitting guide to harnesses here
For the wiring diagram to follow during fitting visit here
I have written an article to help with installing a 50s Style wiring harness on a Les Paul. You can read that article HERE
With or without the toggle harness?
This ultimately comes down to your requirements for the work being carried out. If you're happy with the quality or condition of your existing toggle switch and jack, then you can simply order the pots only section of the harness meaning you can use your existing toggle switch and jack. But if you feel the quality or condition of your existing switch or jack isn't up to the job, then I also offer Les Paul harnesses as a complete kit including a new pre wired Switchcraft toggle switch and Pure Tone Multi contact jack socket. High quality components as a complete upgrade/replacement.
Long or Short, which do I need?
The question I probably get asked most is, "I have a Les Paul, will I need long or short shaft pots?". Well Gibson are of course known for lots of transitional changes to specs from the golden era right up to modern day. I have compiled a list of Gibson models which use either Short or Long shaft pots on the individual pot listing HERE But, if you're still not sure, the simplest answer is that ALL types of Gibson or Epiphone Les Paul will fit a long shaft pot, as you can adjust the two supplied nuts to suit the height in the body. All Epiphone Les Paul's with exception of the Elitist model use short shaft pots. Also, feel free to send me a photo of the inside of the control cavity or a photo of the pot itself, hopefully I can help identify it for you.
PLEASE NOTE - THIS IS THE SHORT SHAFT VERSION KIT
- CTS 'TVT' Series +/-10% Tolerance short shaft pots - 500k, split shaft pots as standard on LP kits.
- For LH Taper kits - CTS Left Handed Audio taper 500k split shaft pots.
- .022uF capacitors
- 20AWG ground wire
- For harness kits with the additional toggle section, I use a Switchcraft 3 way short frame toggle switch. (We use this as there is more thread and more space left in switch cavity, makes life a lot easier when mounting!) No need to use an extended knurled nut.
- Pure Tone multi contact jack socket
- Braided 22AWG wire
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!
To note, treble bleeds aren't really needed for fifties style wiring due to the way fifties wiring works. You can have them on if you like and I have included it as a drop down option, but just a heads up!
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.