DIY Series - 3-Way Telecaster wiring kit
I've long since offering pre-wired harnesses here, they're a major aspect of the Home of Tone and for many, the 'drop-in' aspect of a pre-wired harness has been incredibly helpful to many customers. But with the ever increasing demand and interest for partscaster projects or DIY builds, I thought it would be great to also offer DIY wiring kits! All of the components you need to wire up a specific guitar model to your specs. These kits include all of the same quality components I use in my Signature Series pre-wired harnesses, but this time you can get stuck in and wire it up from scratch (And save a bit of money over buying the components individually too which is always nice!)
Along with the variety of Telecaster wiring schematics on my website, these parts will help you get your project up and running and sounding it's best.
Parts included & options -
2x CTS Premium 'TVT' Series 250k 10% tolerance audio taper pots - Choice of standard Tele 'Solid Shaft' pots or 'Split Shaft' option if you want to use 24 spline push-fit control knobs.
1x Yellow Mustard Tone capacitor - Choice of .022uF or .047uF
1x CRL spring loaded 3 way wafer switch
1x Pure Tone Multi contact jack socket
2ft length of Gavitt USA 22AWG cloth covered wire (black)
2ft length of Gavitt USA 22AWG cloth covered wire (off white)
Relevant pot, jack and switch mount hardware
Choice of an additional Treble Bleed cap mod
1ft length of 20SWG tinned copper ground bus wire
Will it fit my guitar?
The parts I supply, in particular the pots, are US made 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 9.5mm.
Which pot shaft type do I need?
I offer this kit with the choice of the 'standard' Solid shaft pots, or with split shaft pots. This ultimately comes down to what style of control knobs you intend on using on the guitar. If you want to use traditional Telecaster style metal barrel control knobs that fix to the pot via a grub screw, then Solid Shaft pots would be your choice. These have a 6.35mm pot shaft designed for US spec control knobs.
If you want to use push-fit control knobs, then you will likely want the split shaft pots option. These have a 5.95mm adjustable split shaft diameter and fit 24 spline push-fit control knobs.
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.
Which tone capacitor value shall I choose?
Now this one ultimately is personal choice. Different values will have different effects on the sound produced, so why does value affect the perceived sound? Treble frequencies pass through a capacitor easier than some mid and perhaps more importantly, bass frequencies. So a .047uF capacitor would produce a perceived bassier tone than a .022uF value capacitor would. Which is why value choice can play an important role in dialing in your personally preferred sound or versatility of your pickups installed. The lower the number, the 'clearer' or 'brighter' the tone response. So a .022uF would sound a bit 'brighter' or 'clearer' than a .047uF
There isn't really a 'standard' choice of cap, as different guitar manufacturers and pickup makers recommend either of these values mainly with Teles.
So not sure which to go with? Then check out your chosen pickup brands recommended value for optimal use with their pickup model. More often than not, they're on the money! But if you have a refined ear, and know what you like, then hopefully the info here will help you decide too.
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!
Which wiring diagram do I need?
3-Way Telecaster wiring - Right Handed
Treble Bleed Volume Mod