Pre-Wired Bass Guitar wiring harness | Bass VI kit | Right Handed

£58.33

Please use the tabs below to read through the information about this Pre-Wired harness kit. From a run down of what the kit does, to important fitting information and full specs.

Order times

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!

Model Description

The Bass VI is a rather unique instrument, with it's aesthetics, string spacing, vibrato unit & control layouts resembling more of a guitar than a bass, but it is classed as a Bass nonetheless! Certainly a quirky instrument, and although they saw fleeting fame in their earlier years of production thanks to bands like Fleetwood Mac, the Beatles and Cream for example playing them for studio work, performances & TV appearances. Their production ceased in the mid-70s, only seeing short burst re-issues by the custom shop since then. But in more recent years, the Bass VI saw a more permanent return, particularly by Squier and their popular Vintage Modified and Classic Vibe series which provides the market with an affordable, yet pretty vintage accurate spec Bass VI which has boosted it's popularity and intrigue a great deal. 

It's electronics specs most closely resemble that of the Fender Jaguar, with a 2 way slide switch operating each pickup along with a 4th slide switch acting as a 'strangle switch' or 'bass cut', a fixed value capacitor providing the player with further tonal options. Then we see the usual volume, tone and jack socket.

The component specs for this replacement/upgrade wiring harness are true to original specs but of course with some great quality components that will help get the best out of your instrument along with providing reliable performance for years to come. It has 1MEG volume and tone pots, with a .047uF tone capacitor and I have opted for a treble bleed capacitor kit on the volume control to further help improve the sweep and use-ablity of the audio taper volume control for the player. The slide switches are all Switchcraft items, along with a ceramic disk .003nF capacitor for the strangle switch wired together with quality Gavitt 22awg colour coded cloth covered wire and sturdy 20swg copper bus wire for ground connections. 

Please note, website example photo(s) may differ visually from the wiring kit you receive. This could be for a number of reasons but ultimately, don't be alarmed if you do spot differences between the stock photo and your supplied kit. 

Product Options

Bridge ground wire?
I have added this option for those who are perhaps building a guitar from scratch like a partscaster for example or stripping their instrument right back for a full re-build. If this is you, then the pre-soldered length of ground wire may be useful as that will be used as your bridge or tailpiece ground. I will pre-solder a 1ft length of Gavitt 22awg cloth covered wire to the harness for you to use as a new ground wire to your bridge/tailpiece.
If you are fitting this wiring kit to an existing guitar as a replacement to the original wiring, then chances are your guitar already has a bridge ground wire which you can simply just keep and re-use that original wire. 

Pot shaft type?
This option refers to the type of CTS pot I will use when making your kit. Ultimately this decision comes down to either the style of control knobs you intend to use, or personal preference. 
- Split Shaft refers to a CTS Split Shaft pot which is suitable for push-fit control knobs measuring 5.95mm with 24 splines.
- Solid shaft refers to a CTS solid shaft pot which is suitable for control knobs that secure to the pot via a locking grub screw, measuring 6.35mm.

Fitting information

I have intended for my wiring harnesses to be as simple as possible to install to your Bass VI, as well as writing in depth general fitting guides and a simple to follow wiring diagram. There are also multiple useful how-to guides regarding wiring work found HERE too. But in this section you'll find some important fitting notes that will hopefully help you assess whether the kit is suitable for your exact Bass VI or what is required to allow it to fit correctly. Due to how the Bass VI body is routed, and it's accociated wire channels, this harness comes supplied in two sections, the pickup/strangle switch section and the pots/jack section. Upon installing, the wires from the switch section need feeding through the wire channels in the body, soldering those to the pots/jack section when all is in situ. This is shown in the wiring diagram and wires are clearly marked by their colour coding to help further with this. 

Can I fit this kit myself?
This ultimately comes down to whether you own the equipment needed to correctly and safely install the kit, or how comfortable you feel working on your own guitar. I do feel that installing a pre-wired guitar harness is do-able for many guitarists but only if the correct tools are used and care is taken to ensure you do not damage the kit, your guitar or yourself! There are detailed installation guides here on my website, as well as simple to follow wiring diagrams all to help make the process as easy as possible and in my experience, these have helped thousands of my customers carry out their own install. But if for any reason you have concerns about fitting the kit yourself which is entirely understandable, then I'm sure you'll agree that it is likely best to have a professional fit the kit and help ensure your purchased kit, and your beloved guitar are both looked after and worked on correctly. 
If you are local to me (Stourbridge, West Midlands) I take on guitar work no problem at all so will certainly be able to help install your Signature Series harness. 

Will the pots/jack fit my control plates?
The components I use in my Signature Series wiring kits are for the most part, USA imperial specification. If you're fitting this harness to a far east built guitar such as a Squier or similar brand, 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. The CTS pots and Pure Tone multi contact jack have a mounting thread shaft diameter of 0.369" / 9.38mm so I recommend for ease of install a control plate with a 0.394" / 10mm pot mounting hole. You can easily widen the holes in the control plate too if you would prefer, I recommend doing this safely with a step cutter drill bit. I also offer this as a service so if you would like me to widen your plate for you, do please get in touch and we can organise this additionally.
The Switchcraft 2 way slide switches are standard size, and come supplied with mounting matching screws.

What control knobs will fit?
The kit uses CTS Split shaft pots which have a adjustable split shaft diameter of 5.95mm w/ 24 splines or CTS solid shaft pots which have a solid brass 0.25" / 6.35mm shaft for mounting the control knob. You will need control knobs that suit these measurements.
Do not attempt to force fit smaller, metric/import spec control knobs onto the imperial USA spec pots, doing this can damage the pot.

If you do require a US spec control knobs, I do carry a selection of popular options in stock and they can be viewed in the Control Knob category on the store.

Specs/Parts included

- 2x CTS split or solid shaft pots - 1MEG audio taper as standard
- 1x .047uF 'Yellow Mustard' type tone capacitor
- 4x Switchcraft 2 position slide switches
- 1x .003nF ceramic disc capacitor for strangle switch
- 1x .001uF & 120kOhm parallel wired Treble bleed mod
- 1x Pure Tone multi contact jack socket
- Gavitt USA made cloth covered 22AWG wire
- 20AWG Tinned copper ground
- Soldered using R-Tech Premium Lead-Free (Sn95.5Ag3.9Cu0.6) 22swg Solder wire 
RoHS Compliant

Please note - wiring kit does not include new control knobs/control plate etc but does include the pot/jack mounting nuts and washers and switch mounting screws. 

Why these spec parts over others available?
Simply put, component choice has been one of the most important parts of my product development. I have worked on guitars for many years, and built these kits professionally since 2015, and as a result have been able to see and experience working on the majority of components available on the market. In my findings, A/B testing and more, I have found the components I decided on for my Signature Series to be the most reliable, best tolerance and great functioning parts to use to help customers get the most out of their instruments. I use CTS '450' series premium spec pots as they have a tight tolerance, and will consistently provide me with accurate value, as well as very solid build quality. I use trusty 'Mustard' style polyester film 'tone' capacitors as in my opinion they simply can't be beat for great value, solid construction, solid lead-outs, super tight tolerances and reliable tone/function. I would personally much rather use a trusty Mustard for example over something like a paper in oil, as from experience that are so much more reliable to use. This is from carrying out a lot of A/B testing, both tonally, as well as armed with the multi-meter for testing values and actual tolerances, as well as handling them to test construction quality for long lasting reliability in use. I use the brilliant 'Pure Tone' Multi Contact Jack sockets as they are incredibly reliable, due to their additional contact points for both tip and sleeve. I use CRL, Oak and Switchcraft brand switches across the range as these are built very well, with care will last for many years to come and have long since provided me with reliable use professionally. All kits are wired up with quality USA made Gavitt wire, it's great to work with, super consistent gauge and provides me with a very reliable quality item for my kits. I totally understand that with anything guitar, it is subjective, but I have, with an open mind, thoroughly tested a broad variety of components over the years and these have all become the items I trust to use every day. 

 

Harness FAQ's

I've been proudly making, developing and installing my pre-wired guitar harnesses since the beginning of the Home of Tone back in 2015 (time flies when you're having fun right!). Although I feel I do my best in covering as much information as possible across the various product listings, fitting guides, wiring diagrams and more, I thought it might be helpful to put together an FAQ's page that covers some of the general additional questions I get asked. You can view these Harness FAQ's HERE

'Ground Bug' deal!

Looking forward to installing your new wiring, but a little worried about making the ground connections to the pot casings? First time soldering and hear the horror stories of frying pots, or just simply want to neaten up your installs? Then the awesome 'Ground Bug' will help with any of these concerns, beginner or pro modders alike. The Ground Bug is a pot washer that fits between the pot casing and the pickguard/body and has a number of lugs (much like with the main signal connections on the pot for example) to which you can very easily solder your ground wire connections too. Completely removing the worry and risk of soldering a pot casing, something I know many guitarists complain about having to learn to do. 
I have been stocking Ground Bugs for a while, and they really are the perfect match for a pre-wired harness as they further help you with your installs. So I have set up a 10% off Ground Bug deals when purchased with a Home of Tone Signature Series pre-wired harness. This is an automatic discount code, so all you need to have is a Signature Series kit, and a Ground bug in your cart, and the discount will automatically be applied to the bug for you! Click HERE to view the Ground Bug listing

Do you make custom harnesses?

I'm afraid I do not offer a custom harness service. Only kits developed, tested and listed on my website are the available kits. So no custom schematics etc. If you happen to be local to my office, then I do carry out custom work in house, but in regards to shipped out pre-wired harnesses I do not offer custom kits. I am however happy to use different pot values or cap values within reason if you have a specific requirement that differs to the specs listed above. If this is relevant to yourself then please get in touch to discuss further to ensure the request is possible. 

Please use the tabs below to read through the information about this Pre-Wired harness kit. From a run down of what the kit does, to important fitting information and full specs.

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 Bass VI is a rather unique instrument, with it's aesthetics, string spacing, vibrato unit & control layouts resembling more of a guitar than a bass, but it is classed as a Bass nonetheless! Certainly a quirky instrument, and although they saw fleeting fame in their earlier years of production thanks to bands like Fleetwood Mac, the Beatles and Cream for example playing them for studio work, performances & TV appearances. Their production ceased in the mid-70s, only seeing short burst re-issues by the custom shop since then. But in more recent years, the Bass VI saw a more permanent return, particularly by Squier and their popular Vintage Modified and Classic Vibe series which provides the market with an affordable, yet pretty vintage accurate spec Bass VI which has boosted it's popularity and intrigue a great deal. 

It's electronics specs most closely resemble that of the Fender Jaguar, with a 2 way slide switch operating each pickup along with a 4th slide switch acting as a 'strangle switch' or 'bass cut', a fixed value capacitor providing the player with further tonal options. Then we see the usual volume, tone and jack socket.

The component specs for this replacement/upgrade wiring harness are true to original specs but of course with some great quality components that will help get the best out of your instrument along with providing reliable performance for years to come. It has 1MEG volume and tone pots, with a .047uF tone capacitor and I have opted for a treble bleed capacitor kit on the volume control to further help improve the sweep and use-ablity of the audio taper volume control for the player. The slide switches are all Switchcraft items, along with a ceramic disk .003nF capacitor for the strangle switch wired together with quality Gavitt 22awg colour coded cloth covered wire and sturdy 20swg copper bus wire for ground connections. 

Please note, website example photo(s) may differ visually from the wiring kit you receive. This could be for a number of reasons but ultimately, don't be alarmed if you do spot differences between the stock photo and your supplied kit. 

Bridge ground wire?
I have added this option for those who are perhaps building a guitar from scratch like a partscaster for example or stripping their instrument right back for a full re-build. If this is you, then the pre-soldered length of ground wire may be useful as that will be used as your bridge or tailpiece ground. I will pre-solder a 1ft length of Gavitt 22awg cloth covered wire to the harness for you to use as a new ground wire to your bridge/tailpiece.
If you are fitting this wiring kit to an existing guitar as a replacement to the original wiring, then chances are your guitar already has a bridge ground wire which you can simply just keep and re-use that original wire. 

Pot shaft type?
This option refers to the type of CTS pot I will use when making your kit. Ultimately this decision comes down to either the style of control knobs you intend to use, or personal preference. 
- Split Shaft refers to a CTS Split Shaft pot which is suitable for push-fit control knobs measuring 5.95mm with 24 splines.
- Solid shaft refers to a CTS solid shaft pot which is suitable for control knobs that secure to the pot via a locking grub screw, measuring 6.35mm.

I have intended for my wiring harnesses to be as simple as possible to install to your Bass VI, as well as writing in depth general fitting guides and a simple to follow wiring diagram. There are also multiple useful how-to guides regarding wiring work found HERE too. But in this section you'll find some important fitting notes that will hopefully help you assess whether the kit is suitable for your exact Bass VI or what is required to allow it to fit correctly. Due to how the Bass VI body is routed, and it's accociated wire channels, this harness comes supplied in two sections, the pickup/strangle switch section and the pots/jack section. Upon installing, the wires from the switch section need feeding through the wire channels in the body, soldering those to the pots/jack section when all is in situ. This is shown in the wiring diagram and wires are clearly marked by their colour coding to help further with this. 

Can I fit this kit myself?
This ultimately comes down to whether you own the equipment needed to correctly and safely install the kit, or how comfortable you feel working on your own guitar. I do feel that installing a pre-wired guitar harness is do-able for many guitarists but only if the correct tools are used and care is taken to ensure you do not damage the kit, your guitar or yourself! There are detailed installation guides here on my website, as well as simple to follow wiring diagrams all to help make the process as easy as possible and in my experience, these have helped thousands of my customers carry out their own install. But if for any reason you have concerns about fitting the kit yourself which is entirely understandable, then I'm sure you'll agree that it is likely best to have a professional fit the kit and help ensure your purchased kit, and your beloved guitar are both looked after and worked on correctly. 
If you are local to me (Stourbridge, West Midlands) I take on guitar work no problem at all so will certainly be able to help install your Signature Series harness. 

Will the pots/jack fit my control plates?
The components I use in my Signature Series wiring kits are for the most part, USA imperial specification. If you're fitting this harness to a far east built guitar such as a Squier or similar brand, 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. The CTS pots and Pure Tone multi contact jack have a mounting thread shaft diameter of 0.369" / 9.38mm so I recommend for ease of install a control plate with a 0.394" / 10mm pot mounting hole. You can easily widen the holes in the control plate too if you would prefer, I recommend doing this safely with a step cutter drill bit. I also offer this as a service so if you would like me to widen your plate for you, do please get in touch and we can organise this additionally.
The Switchcraft 2 way slide switches are standard size, and come supplied with mounting matching screws.

What control knobs will fit?
The kit uses CTS Split shaft pots which have a adjustable split shaft diameter of 5.95mm w/ 24 splines or CTS solid shaft pots which have a solid brass 0.25" / 6.35mm shaft for mounting the control knob. You will need control knobs that suit these measurements.
Do not attempt to force fit smaller, metric/import spec control knobs onto the imperial USA spec pots, doing this can damage the pot.

If you do require a US spec control knobs, I do carry a selection of popular options in stock and they can be viewed in the Control Knob category on the store.

- 2x CTS split or solid shaft pots - 1MEG audio taper as standard
- 1x .047uF 'Yellow Mustard' type tone capacitor
- 4x Switchcraft 2 position slide switches
- 1x .003nF ceramic disc capacitor for strangle switch
- 1x .001uF & 120kOhm parallel wired Treble bleed mod
- 1x Pure Tone multi contact jack socket
- Gavitt USA made cloth covered 22AWG wire
- 20AWG Tinned copper ground
- Soldered using R-Tech Premium Lead-Free (Sn95.5Ag3.9Cu0.6) 22swg Solder wire 
RoHS Compliant

Please note - wiring kit does not include new control knobs/control plate etc but does include the pot/jack mounting nuts and washers and switch mounting screws. 

Why these spec parts over others available?
Simply put, component choice has been one of the most important parts of my product development. I have worked on guitars for many years, and built these kits professionally since 2015, and as a result have been able to see and experience working on the majority of components available on the market. In my findings, A/B testing and more, I have found the components I decided on for my Signature Series to be the most reliable, best tolerance and great functioning parts to use to help customers get the most out of their instruments. I use CTS '450' series premium spec pots as they have a tight tolerance, and will consistently provide me with accurate value, as well as very solid build quality. I use trusty 'Mustard' style polyester film 'tone' capacitors as in my opinion they simply can't be beat for great value, solid construction, solid lead-outs, super tight tolerances and reliable tone/function. I would personally much rather use a trusty Mustard for example over something like a paper in oil, as from experience that are so much more reliable to use. This is from carrying out a lot of A/B testing, both tonally, as well as armed with the multi-meter for testing values and actual tolerances, as well as handling them to test construction quality for long lasting reliability in use. I use the brilliant 'Pure Tone' Multi Contact Jack sockets as they are incredibly reliable, due to their additional contact points for both tip and sleeve. I use CRL, Oak and Switchcraft brand switches across the range as these are built very well, with care will last for many years to come and have long since provided me with reliable use professionally. All kits are wired up with quality USA made Gavitt wire, it's great to work with, super consistent gauge and provides me with a very reliable quality item for my kits. I totally understand that with anything guitar, it is subjective, but I have, with an open mind, thoroughly tested a broad variety of components over the years and these have all become the items I trust to use every day. 

 

I've been proudly making, developing and installing my pre-wired guitar harnesses since the beginning of the Home of Tone back in 2015 (time flies when you're having fun right!). Although I feel I do my best in covering as much information as possible across the various product listings, fitting guides, wiring diagrams and more, I thought it might be helpful to put together an FAQ's page that covers some of the general additional questions I get asked. You can view these Harness FAQ's HERE

Looking forward to installing your new wiring, but a little worried about making the ground connections to the pot casings? First time soldering and hear the horror stories of frying pots, or just simply want to neaten up your installs? Then the awesome 'Ground Bug' will help with any of these concerns, beginner or pro modders alike. The Ground Bug is a pot washer that fits between the pot casing and the pickguard/body and has a number of lugs (much like with the main signal connections on the pot for example) to which you can very easily solder your ground wire connections too. Completely removing the worry and risk of soldering a pot casing, something I know many guitarists complain about having to learn to do. 
I have been stocking Ground Bugs for a while, and they really are the perfect match for a pre-wired harness as they further help you with your installs. So I have set up a 10% off Ground Bug deals when purchased with a Home of Tone Signature Series pre-wired harness. This is an automatic discount code, so all you need to have is a Signature Series kit, and a Ground bug in your cart, and the discount will automatically be applied to the bug for you! Click HERE to view the Ground Bug listing

I'm afraid I do not offer a custom harness service. Only kits developed, tested and listed on my website are the available kits. So no custom schematics etc. If you happen to be local to my office, then I do carry out custom work in house, but in regards to shipped out pre-wired harnesses I do not offer custom kits. I am however happy to use different pot values or cap values within reason if you have a specific requirement that differs to the specs listed above. If this is relevant to yourself then please get in touch to discuss further to ensure the request is possible.