Pre-Wired Guitar wiring harness | 3-way Broadcaster Keef-esq Telecaster kit | Right Handed

£54.58

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!

Description
I've been making 'HS' configuration Telecaster harnesses for a few years now, where the specs favour 500k pots so you can get optimal response out of the humbucker, but with a 470k resistor wired alongside the single coil bridge pickup to help achieve closer to 250k pot value 'seen' by the pickup too. This works well and has proved to be a popular choice for Tele players mixing pickup types on their instruments. But recently a customer got chatting to me about the 'Keef' Micawber guitar rumored configuration and I found it really interested. It's seems there is a lot of speculation on this subject, but the general consensus lies in agreement of it's Broadcaster wiring core configuration. Broadcasters differed to the Telecaster we know today, where you had a master volume control, but instead of a conventional tone control, in position 1 (bridge only usually) you can 'blend' in the neck pickup to add warmth to the tone. Then middle position is the neck pickup alone with no tonal control at all and position 3 is the neck pickup running through a fixed tone capacitor. Originally position three results in an incredibly warm tone, as it's traditionally through a .047uF cap, which is only made 'worse' (subjectively) when using a humbucker in the position too.

So, onto the Keef inspired Humbucker/Single Coil set-up, which I have slightly tweaked with a different choice of cap value here. As mentioned previously, I usually favour 500k pots with a 470k resistor mod on HS configuration guitars, but here I'm sticking with 250k pots for a couple of reasons. 1) It's likely a bit truer to the Keef specs, if that's what you're aiming for. 2) You don't have a tone control as such so my concern lies with having a way too bright bridge pickup single coil, so would rather help that best we can by sticking with 250k pots. A little bit of a compromise with the neck humbucker, granted, but I've chosen something to help that too.
In position three, where you have your humbucker on it's own, but with the signal passing through a tone cap, I have decided to opt for a 0.01uF capacitor here. This is because you have a humbucker paired with 250k pots which has the potential to be warm sounding by nature, so to help this retain some clarity the .01uF choice was inspired by the popular Clapton 'Woman Tone' cap choice. Compared with the traditional Broadcaster .047uF, the .01uF will sound clearer, helping get as much clarity out of the pickup with 250k pots as possible really. 
Keef isn't perhaps too well known for using the neck humbucker in Micawber, I won't go into all of the discussion of which tracks people believe they can hear a PAF in a Telecaster on, but regardless, I found the schematic interesting after speaking with a customer about it and thought it would be nice to offer this as a harness model in my range! Hopefully this slight change to the specs helps making the humbucker position more usable.

Position 1) Bridge pickup with 'blend' neck humbucker using the 2nd 'tone' pot
Position 2) Neck humbucker on it's own, volume control only
Position 3) Neck humbucker via the .01uF tone capacitor

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.

Installing
I have intended for my wiring harnesses to be as simple as possible to install to your Telecaster, 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 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 9.52mm.

For the HS Broadcaster Keef Tele harness I use 250k solid shaft pots, which are 6.35mm solid shaft. Depending on which control knobs you have originally, you may  need US control knobs. 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 - 40mm
Centre of volume pot to centre of tone pot - 64mm
These measurements for my templates were taken from a USA Fender telecaster control plate.

Specs
- CTS '450' Series +/-10% Tolerance short shaft pots - 250k solid shaft 
- SoZo .01uF Mustard tone capacitor  (If you'd prefer a different value capacitor, do please get in touch and I'd be happy to help)
- RS Pro Carbon 15kOhm resistor
- 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 R-Tech Premium Lead-Free (Sn95.5Ag3.9Cu0.6) 22swg Solder wire 
RoHS Compliant

Please note - wiring kit does not include new control knobs/switch tip/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. 

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!

Description
I've been making 'HS' configuration Telecaster harnesses for a few years now, where the specs favour 500k pots so you can get optimal response out of the humbucker, but with a 470k resistor wired alongside the single coil bridge pickup to help achieve closer to 250k pot value 'seen' by the pickup too. This works well and has proved to be a popular choice for Tele players mixing pickup types on their instruments. But recently a customer got chatting to me about the 'Keef' Micawber guitar rumored configuration and I found it really interested. It's seems there is a lot of speculation on this subject, but the general consensus lies in agreement of it's Broadcaster wiring core configuration. Broadcasters differed to the Telecaster we know today, where you had a master volume control, but instead of a conventional tone control, in position 1 (bridge only usually) you can 'blend' in the neck pickup to add warmth to the tone. Then middle position is the neck pickup alone with no tonal control at all and position 3 is the neck pickup running through a fixed tone capacitor. Originally position three results in an incredibly warm tone, as it's traditionally through a .047uF cap, which is only made 'worse' (subjectively) when using a humbucker in the position too.

So, onto the Keef inspired Humbucker/Single Coil set-up, which I have slightly tweaked with a different choice of cap value here. As mentioned previously, I usually favour 500k pots with a 470k resistor mod on HS configuration guitars, but here I'm sticking with 250k pots for a couple of reasons. 1) It's likely a bit truer to the Keef specs, if that's what you're aiming for. 2) You don't have a tone control as such so my concern lies with having a way too bright bridge pickup single coil, so would rather help that best we can by sticking with 250k pots. A little bit of a compromise with the neck humbucker, granted, but I've chosen something to help that too.
In position three, where you have your humbucker on it's own, but with the signal passing through a tone cap, I have decided to opt for a 0.01uF capacitor here. This is because you have a humbucker paired with 250k pots which has the potential to be warm sounding by nature, so to help this retain some clarity the .01uF choice was inspired by the popular Clapton 'Woman Tone' cap choice. Compared with the traditional Broadcaster .047uF, the .01uF will sound clearer, helping get as much clarity out of the pickup with 250k pots as possible really. 
Keef isn't perhaps too well known for using the neck humbucker in Micawber, I won't go into all of the discussion of which tracks people believe they can hear a PAF in a Telecaster on, but regardless, I found the schematic interesting after speaking with a customer about it and thought it would be nice to offer this as a harness model in my range! Hopefully this slight change to the specs helps making the humbucker position more usable.

Position 1) Bridge pickup with 'blend' neck humbucker using the 2nd 'tone' pot
Position 2) Neck humbucker on it's own, volume control only
Position 3) Neck humbucker via the .01uF tone capacitor

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.

Installing
I have intended for my wiring harnesses to be as simple as possible to install to your Telecaster, 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 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 9.52mm.

For the HS Broadcaster Keef Tele harness I use 250k solid shaft pots, which are 6.35mm solid shaft. Depending on which control knobs you have originally, you may  need US control knobs. 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 - 40mm
Centre of volume pot to centre of tone pot - 64mm
These measurements for my templates were taken from a USA Fender telecaster control plate.

Specs
- CTS '450' Series +/-10% Tolerance short shaft pots - 250k solid shaft 
- SoZo .01uF Mustard tone capacitor  (If you'd prefer a different value capacitor, do please get in touch and I'd be happy to help)
- RS Pro Carbon 15kOhm resistor
- 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 R-Tech Premium Lead-Free (Sn95.5Ag3.9Cu0.6) 22swg Solder wire 
RoHS Compliant

Please note - wiring kit does not include new control knobs/switch tip/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.