Wiring diagrams & helpful technical info
We highly recommend checking out the Home of Tone or McNelly Pickups Wiring Diagrams when fitting your new McNelly Pickups, or perhaps re-wiring your guitar or fitting one of our pre-wired harnesses. They're tried and tested by both McNelly and Home of Tone and might help you get creative with the workings of your guitar!. Here are view-able PDF documents showing clear wiring diagrams for a range of common configurations.
Home of Tone (hopefully) helpful wiring harness fitting guide
McNelly Pickups tech requirements guide/User Manual
McNelly Pickups 4 conductor wiring colour code
Treble Bleed Mod
Standard 3-way Switch (Parallel) - Right Handed
McNelly 3 way HS Tele - Right Handed
4-way Switch - Right Handed
4-way switch - Left Handed with LH taper pots
4-way switch - Left handed with RH taper pots
Nashville 5 Way Switch - Right Handed
Cabronita HS Single volume - Right Handed
Standard/Modern 5-way Switch - Right Handed
Standard/Modern 5-way Switch - Left Handed with RH taper pots
Standard/Modern 5-way Switch - Left Handed with LH taper pots
Blender 5-way Switch - Right Handed
Humbucker / P90
Modern HH / P90x2, 2 volume, 2 tone, 3-way toggle - Right Handed
Modern HH / P90x2, 2 volume, 2 tone, 3-way toggle - Left handed with LH taper pots
Modern HH / P90x2, 2 Volume, 2 tone, 3-way toggle - Left handed with RH taper pots
Fifties Style HH / P90x2, 2 volume, 2 tone, 3-way toggle - Right Handed
Fifites Style HH / P90x2, 2 Volume, 2 tone, 3-way toggle - Left handed with LH taper pots
Fifites Style HH / P90x2, 2 Volume, 2 tone, 3-way toggle - Left handed with RH taper pots
Modern Single P90/H, 1 volume, 1 tone - Right Handed
Modern Single P90/H, 1 volume, 1 tone - Left handed with LH taper pots
Modern Single P90/H, 1 volume, 1 tone - Left handed with RH taper pots
Fifties Single P90/H, 1 volume, 1 tone - Right Handed
Fifties Single P90/H, 1 volume, 1 tone - Left handed with LH taper pots
Fifties Single P90/H, 1 volume, 1 tone - Left handed with RH taper pots
Home of Tone Jazzmaster
Home of Tone Mustang
P-Bass / Bronco
McNelly P/J Bass
All wiring diagrams are copyright of either McNelly Pickups, Canada and James' Home of Tone, UK depending on the diagram.
I am currently working through writing install guides for as many guitar types as I can. It'll be a continued project, but for now, here are the guides I have written. They may help when installing your new wiring harness.
Fifties Style LP full wiring harness install
Wiring your guitar's jack socket
Strat style full wiring harness install
Guitar wiring tips
Here are some helpful pointers if you are planning to re-wire your guitar.
- Most hobbyist soldering irons we have in our tool cupboards at home are more than up to the job of helping you fit your harness. I do personally recommend a 40w iron, this will provide ample working temperature for guitar electronic components. I use a temperature variable 40w iron and it works great for this application. For commercial product reasons, I have to use lead free solder. I personally use Rapid brand lead free, as the silver mix helps the solder flow much better. It’s available in small lengths too.
- When soldering your pickup wires, you will need to consider the colour code of the wires. Different pickup makers and factories use their own colour codes, so ensure you refer to their colour code diagrams prior to going ahead with soldering. My wiring diagrams have been drawn with McNelly Pickups colour codes in mind.
- I do understand for some rewiring a guitar can be a daunting task, but it can be a rewarding job to carry out if done so with the correct knowledge and tools. But if you are at all unsure about fitting, I do highly recommend getting a professional and importantly, trusted guitar technician to fit the harness for you.