Pre-Wired Guitar wiring harness | 3-way 'HS' Broadcaster Keef-esq Telecaster kit | Right Handed
I usually make harnesses to order, due to the variety of spec options that could be chosen across the range. The waiting time for harness orders is around 3-5 working days depending on quantity of orders in at the time and your order will be updated accordingly when dispatched.
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
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 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.
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.
- CTS 'TVT' 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 15k 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 Rapid 22SWG lead-free solder