Pre-Wired Guitar wiring harness | 3-way '72 Telecaster Thinline kit | Right Handed
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!
This harness is a standard '72 Telecaster Thinline model which featured a dual Wide Range Humbucker pickup configuration. It features either 500k volume and tone pots or 1MEG volume and tone pots, instead of the standard 250k used in single coil telecasters for example. The 500k or 1MEG option is to bring out more of the clarity and tonal response of a Wide Range humbucker pickup. Ultimately which you choose is down to personal preference, or perhaps pickup manufacturers recommendations. Some players prefer wide range humbuckers with 1MEG pickups, which were often used in the original 70s WRH equipped guitars built by Fender, for a bit more treble response, which of course can then be tamed with the tone control. But in more modern built applications, 500k is the standard. So I offer it with the choice of standard 500k, or 1MEG depending on your preference.
I have intended for my wiring harnesses to be as simple as possible to install to your '72 Telecaster Thinline, as well as writing in depth fitting guides, how-to instructions documenting the step by step process as well as a simple to follow wiring diagram.
The parts I use, in particular the pots, are 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 pickguard to accommodate for these imperial measurement pots.
For reference, the CTS pots I use in this harness have a shaft diameter of 9.52mm.
As this harness uses 550k pots to suit the humbucker specs, I use my 550k split shaft pots. If you are planning to use barrel type grub screw fixed Telecaster control knobs, you will need to choose the 'brass conversion sleeve' option and ensure your control knobs fit a pot shaft of 6.35mm. If you plan to use push-fit control knobs, then you will need to ensure your control knobs fit 24 spline 5.95mm pot shafts.
If you do require US spec 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.
Centre to centre measurements between components are -
Centre of Switch to volume pot - 53mm
Centre of volume pot to centre of tone pot - 50mm
These measurements for my templates were taken from a USA Fender telecaster control plate.
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!
- CTS '450' Series +/-10% Tolerance short shaft pots - 500k split shaft or 1MEG split shaft
- .022uF 'Yellow Mustard' type tone capacitor (If you'd prefer a different value capacitor, do please get in touch and I'd be more than happy to help, but as standard all of my kits come with .022uF value)
- Gavitt USA made cloth covered 22AWG wire
- 20AWG Tinned copper ground
- CRL 3 way spring loaded lever switch
- Pure Tone multi contact jack socket
- Soldered using Rapid 22SWG lead-free solder