Signature Series Pre-Wired SG harness kit
The waiting time is around 2-4 working days depending on quantity of current orders and repair jobs in at the time. I'll always endeavor to turn orders around quicker and your order will be updated accordingly :)
About Pre-Wired Harnesses
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!
Pre-Wired harnesses offer a great solution to replace or upgrade your wiring with minimal soldering your end, as for some it's a daunting task. It may also be a great value alternative to buying all of the individual components. All harnesses are made by me here at the Home of Tone, to ensure the best possible workmanship I can.
About the 'Signature Series'
After a number of years of making my harnesses, from offering a range of options and further developing the product, it has lead me to this natural road. My Signature Series. This is my personal choice of premium components as the highest grade replacement guitar electronics.
The series features my new USA made paper in oil capacitors and Pure Tone multi contact jacks as standard. Along with the brilliant CTS 'TVT' series +/-5% tolerance pots (on RH taper harnesses), German made solid copper 22awg wire with modern insulation and a lacquered cotton braid finish (Braided 22awg wire on 50s Style kits) and a Switchcraft short frame 3 way toggle switch.
If you're upgrading from perhaps standard import or Japanese built guitars which have metric sized pots, you may need to widen the holes in your guitar body etc to accommodate the slight larger 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.
As standard, the spacing between components etc is based upon measurements taken from a USA built Gibson SG, but If you have a SG style guitar that isn't a USA Gibson, I can happily make a harness to suit your guitar. So please feel free to get in touch! We will compare measurements on your guitar to ensure it's suitability and wire it with the correct wire lengths between the components.
Specs and options
- CTS 'TVT' Series +/-5% Tolerance long shaft pots - 500k, split shaft pots as standard on SG kits.
- For LH Taper kits - CTS Left Handed Audio taper 500k split shaft pots.
- USA made Paper in oil .022uF Capacitors
- Switchcraft 3 way toggle switch
- Knurled nut for 3 way toggle switch
- Switchcraft extended thread length jack socket
- For Modern wiring style kits - German made 22AWG wire.
- For 50s Style wiring kits - Braided 22AWG wire
Home of Tone Modern style, or 50s Style wiring?
This is really down to personal preference, I've been solely offering my Home of Tone modern style for many years now with fantastic customer feedback, but I've had a few requests over the years for custom order 50s style harnesses so I thought it was time to introduce it as an option to choose from rather than a secret handshake! So, which would suit my needs best?
The general consensus is that Modern wiring maintains the overall volume better than 50s style, maintaining volume when rolling down the tone pot for example, but it does lose some of the high end 'treble' frequencies when rolling down the volume pot. Although with the addition of a treble bleed, this is rectified and modern style can be the best of both worlds (so that's an option here too!).
With 50s style, more treble frequencies are retained when lowering the volume pot, but the volume and tone controls work differently together and you can find that as you roll the tone pot down, you will notice the volume drop a little.
There really isn't a right or wrong, but hopefully the paragraph above helps in making the right choice for you.
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!
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.
What comes with my harness?
You'll be supplied with the wiring harness itself of course, along with a printed wiring diagram to follow during fitting (which is also available to view via a link in the footer of my website along with lots of other handy wiring diagrams) as well as a handy fitting guide with tips to help make the fitting process as simple as possible. The harness also comes mounted on an MDF template, which might be handy for future use too!