Solderless Pre-Wired Guitar wiring harness | 4-way Telecaster kit | Right Handed
I usually make harnesses to order, due to the variety of spec options that could be chosen across the whole range. The current turnaround time for a harness orders is around 5-7 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!
The Telecaster is an iconic instrument, that defined a brand, inspired so many musicians and set the bar for the electric guitar moving forward. I want my Signature Series wiring harness for this legendary guitar to earn the right to be a small part of that through a choice of quality components and respect for it's design. This schematic is the super popular 4-way mod, retaining the traditional 3 position Telecaster sounds but with an additional position putting the two single coils in series for a chunkier sound, and the parts aim to bring out the best in your telecaster's tone, and aim to do so for many years to come.
This is a further revision of the 4-way Telecaster harness with the addition of solderless connections, meaning you can install this harness into your Telecaster *without the need to touch a soldering iron*(see below). Which has a couple of benefits, perhaps if you're not particularly comfortable with soldering yet or maybe you plan on regularly swapping pickups, which this helps a great deal as it's a few screw connections and it's done.
Important note regarding Solderless 4-way kit!
To be a true solderless install with this particular kit, your neck pickup must already have been made or modded to be able to work with 4 way switching, meaning it requires an additional ground wire from the pickup cover and the small jumper wire snipping.
If your neck pickup only has 2 wires coming from it, then it won't be prepped for 4 way switching and it will require modification, which does require some soldering work. So please check this before ordering and whether your neck pickup is compatible.
I have written a guide to do this HERE but if you are at all unsure about doing this, I would highly recommend supporting your local trusted Tech to carry out the modification for you. 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.
Also, the 4 way switch has a slightly increased throw angle, sometimes requiring a wider slot control plate. Not all control plates can accommodate for a 4 way switch without minor modification. Some players file a very small amount off the slot in the plate, and some players prefer to file a little notch in the 4 way lever. But it is worth baring this in mind, the 4 way mod may require extra attention as noted here.
The Solderless system makes life an awful lot easier if you're perhaps not comfortable using a soldering iron or worried about damaging components etc. So the install is more straight forward, but care is still needed to to ensure it all works as it should and stands the test of time. I have written some handy install guides for the solderless harness kits, and that can be found over on the wiring diagrams & helpful info page here on the website as well as the 'wiring' diagram you'll need to follow for which of your wires attach to the relevant solderless connections.
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. 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 9.52mm.
You may also require new control knobs to fit the CTS pot 'solid shaft' diameter of 6.35mm.
If you do require a US spec control plate or 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. If you like the idea of retaining treble as you roll your volume pot down, then a treble bleed is for you!
- CTS '450' Series +/-10% Tolerance pots - 250k, solid shaft pots as standard on Tele kits.
- .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)
- Gavitt USA made cloth covered 22AWG wire
- 20AWG Tinned copper ground
- Oak 4 way lever switch
- Pure Tone multi contact jack socket
- Soldered using Rapid 22SWG lead-free solder