Solderless wiring diagrams & helpful info
*Quick note, this page is currently undergoing a full re-fresh. I'm gradually re-drawing as well as drawing all new wiring diagrams and I'll slowly but surely upload them here as I make them. Thanks for your patience! In the mean time, if you've purchased a harness and can't find the relevant diagram here, just drop me a message and I'll quickly e-mail it to you! Thanks!
First of all, I want to say a heartfelt thank you for choosing one of my pre-wired Solderless harnesses for your guitar. Whether it’s for a long overdue repair, upgrade, modification or a project, I honestly enjoy making them for you all and the response from guitarists since introducing my Signature Series back in 2015 has helped that enjoyment grow further, so thank you for the continued support.
Here you will find the Solderless wiring harness fitting guide, and list of wiring diagrams to assist you in installing your Home of Tone wiring harness. Do please take the time to read through the fitting/install guide. I have written it to help you with your install, to help the process be as stress free as possible, and to hopefully cover any questions along the way!
Please take care of yourself and your guitar when carrying out any guitar wiring work and I cannot be held responsible for any damage caused by in-experience or incorrect techniques used.
Helpful Information / Fitting Guides
SOLDERLESS wiring harness fitting guide - Please read before solderless install
Solderless pickup wire type guide and install info - Please read before solderless install
McNelly Pickups 4 conductor wiring colour code
Solderless Jack Socket
Solderless LPjr Style | One P90 or Humbucker | One Volume | One Tone - Right Handed
Solderless Esquire Eldred mod | One single coil | One volume | One Tone | 3 way wafer - Right handed
Solderless Delonge Strat | One Volume | One Jack - Right Handed
Solderless T-Style | Two Single Coil | One Volume | One Tone | 3 Way wafer - Right Handed
Solderles T-Style '4-Way' | Two Single Coil | One Volume | One Tone | 4 Way wafer - Right Handed
Solderless T-Style 'HS' | One Humbucker & One Single Coil | One Volume | One Tone | 3 Way wafer - Right Handed
Solderless LP Style HH / 2x P90 50s | Two Humbucker or two P90 | Two Volumes | Two Tones | 3 way toggle - Right handed
Solderless SG Style | Two Humbucker or Two P90 | Two volumes | Two Tones | 3 way toggle - Right handed
Solderless SG Style | Two Humbucker or Two P90 | Two volumes | Two tones | 3 way toggle - Left handed w/RH taper pots
Solderless SG Style | Two Humbucker or Two P90 | Two volumes | Two tones | 3 way toggle - Left handed w/LH taper pots
S-Style Modern | Three Single Coils | One Volume | Two Tone | 5 Way wafer - Right Handed
S-Style Modern | Three Single Coils | One Volume | Two Tone | 5 Way wafer - Left Handed w/RH taper pots
S-Style Modern | Three Single Coils | One Volume | Two Tone | 5 Way wafer - Left Handed w/LH taper pots
S-Style Blend | Three Single Coils | One Volume | One Tone | No Load Blend | 5 Way wafer - Right Handed
S-Style HSS | Two Single Coils & One Humbucker | One Volume | Two Tone | 5 Way wafer - Right Handed
These wiring diagrams are for personal use, not to be sold(Not that I imagine you would, but I've seen stranger occurrences believe me!) etc. I list them here to help my customers when fitting their new Solderless pre-wired harnesses but hey, I also hope they may be of some help to more of you too. Please take care of yourself and your guitar when carrying out any guitar wiring work and I cannot be held responsible for any damage caused by in-experience or incorrect techniques used.
Solderless Guitar wiring tips
Here are some helpful pointers if you are planning to re-wire your guitar.
- The Solderless series follows a simple colour code to help guide where to put each pickup wire, your ground wires & on certain models, the jack wires. On the solderless connectors you’ll see little colour dots by each lug, the colours are as follows -
Silver Metallic - For the Neck Pickup HOT wire
Blue Metallic - For the Middle Pickup HOT wire
Bronze Metallic - For the Bridge Pickup HOT wire
Green Metallic - Jack HOT wire
Black - For any Ground wire
The Ground wires can be attached to any of the black dotted solderless connector lugs.There is also an additional solderless connector (shown on each wiring diagram as position will vary depending on which harness it is). This is used for any misc ground wire, such as the bridge or vibrato claw depending on the guitar model/specs along with a spare in case your guitar happens to have a ground wire coming from the body cavity shielding paint, which some models do.
- When attaching your pickup wires, you will need to consider the colour code of the wires. Rather unfortunately, no two guitar pickup companies appear to totally agree on a set colour coding to use. Different pickup makers and factories use their own colour codes, so please ensure you refer to their colour code diagrams prior to going ahead with soldering. Depending on the guitar, and type of pickups you are intended to fit, there could be a variety of pickup wire types and colour codes to consider. If you are at all unsure, contact your pickup manufacturer prior to starting the harness install, or failing that, feel free to get in touch with me and I’ll do my best to help! My wiring diagrams have been drawn with either traditional 2 conductor or McNelly Pickups colour codes in mind. Again, a McNelly colour code diagram is available to view on the ‘Wiring Diagrams & helpful technical info’ page of the website.
What types of pickup wires will fit into the connector blocks?
The RS Pro connector blocks will fit ANY pickup wire type, so if you have traditional single coils with cloth covered push-back style individual hot/ground wires, simply push back the cloth covering to expose around 5/6mm of central core wire and insert it into the connector. Tighten up, and push the cloth covering back down.
If you have thinner, plastic insulated/coated wires, either simple 2 conductor hot/ground, or 4 conductor Humbucker style wires, they will work with the connector blocks. To prepare those for install, you will need some wire strippers so you can trim back the coating to expose around 5mm of central core wire. Very often these plastic coated wires are stranded wire underneath the coating, so if this is the same for yours, then simply twist the wire so it forms a nice tight portion, then insert that into the relevant connector block and tighten.
4 conductor pickup wires will have a variety of colour codes used by pickup brands/manufacturers, you will need to refer to their information as to which colour wire is hot, ground and series link for example. The series link wires will not be used on a traditional install, so those need to be securely twisted together and taped off.
If your pickups are vintage/traditional style 2 conductor 'braided' wire, then these will also fit the connector blocks, you just need to prepare them to do so. First step is to push back some of the outer metal braiding. Then using some needle nose pliers or a small screwdriver, separate some of the braiding so you can twist and form a off-shoot of wire. This will be your ground, so with that twist of wire pop that into the connector block and tighten. Then your central core wire is the 'hot' signal wire and goes into the relevant connector block via the same methods as prior, exposing around 5mm of core to ensure a nice firm seat in the connector.
As always, if you have ANY questions or concerns about whether your pickup wires will be suitable, please just drop me a message or call and I'll be happy to help guide. I have tested these connectors with all varieties of pickup wires and they worked great so happily will advise on how to correctly install with you :)