Pre-Wired Guitar wiring harness | 5-way Modern/Vintage tone Push/Pull Stratocaster kit | Right handed
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This Strat wiring idea came about from looking at my really popular 'Modern' Strat wiring kit, alongside my Vintage-Modified spec and wondering how I could combine the two for a 'best of both worlds' kit. I think there are benefits of both the Modern and Vintage style wiring schematics; with the Modern style you have easy to use tone controls for all three pickups and a great tonal response from the .022uF cap value. I love the 'open' sounding bass response from a .022uF cap in Strats. With vintage style wiring I really like it's warmer yet sweet sounding .1uF cap value, and soaring bridge pickup tone due to it not being in the tone circuit at all.
So to achieve the best of both worlds idea, I have utilised 2 CTS 250k push/pull pots in the tone positions. With the pots in the normal 'down' position, this works exactly the same as my Modern Strat kit. Neck and middle pickups use the tone control 1, with bridge pickup using tone control 2 all with the .022uF tone cap. But pull tone pot 1's push/pull upwards and you change the cap value to the vintage spec 0.1uF value. So expect a slightly sweeter treble response and rounded off bass response, particularly noticeable as you roll the tone controls down the sweep.
Then, the push/pull pot in the tone 2 position removes the bridge pickup from the tone circuit by pulling the push/pull upwards. In the original strats, the bridge pickup wasn't wired to a tone pot, giving it a 'lead' tone popular for the time. Many players still love the brighter bridge pickup tone like this, but having the option to connect it back to a tone pot and choice of cap values just makes it all so much more versatile.
It's a simple idea, but have been really happy with the results when testing it in a Strat here. I'm going to get a bit more of a feel for it over the next few days but I suspect this spec will be hitting the website very soon. A really nice combination of vintage meets modern strat tones in an easy to use manner.
Switching options and controls are as follows:
Position 1 - Bridge Pickup
Position 2 - Bridge and middle pickup in parallel
Position 3 - Middle pickup
Position 4 - Middle and neck pickup in parallel
Position 5 - Neck pickup
With push/pull pots in down position -
Tone pot 1 controls neck and middle pickup
Tone pot 2 controls bridge pickup
This is with a .022uF spec tone capacitor as per my 'Modern' strat wiring style
With Push/pull pots in up position
Tone pot 1 controls neck and middle pickup via a vintage spec 0.1uF tone capacitor
Tone pot 2 removes bridge pickup from tone pot for a clearer tone
You will find the relevant fitting guides, how-to instructions documenting the step by step process as well as a simple to follow wiring diagram here on the website or by clicking the 'wiring diagrams' page at the bottom of the website.
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.
It is also important to ensure the depth of your Stratocaster control cavity can accommodate for the deeper push/pull pots. There are some models of Strat, like the Affinity by Squier for example, that have very shallow control cavities from the factory. But most USA spec bodies will accomdate these pots no problem at all. The pot depth measures 30mm from the bottom of the pickguard to the base of the push/pull pot casing.
For this Stratocaster harness I use 250k split shaft pots, which are 24 spline 5.95mm (adjustable) split 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 - 48mm
Centre of volume pot to centre of tone pot 1 - 45mm
Centre of tone pot 1 to tone pot 2 - 45mm
These measurements for my templates were taken from a USA Fender Stratocaster pickguard but I do allow for some 'give' in the wire lengths between components so there is wiggle room if your pickguard isn't identical to the measurements listed above.
- CTS '450' Series +/-10% Tolerance short shaft pot - 250k split shaft
- CTS premium push/pull short shaft pots - 250k split shaft
- .022uF & 0.1uF Yellow mustard tone capacitors
- Gavitt USA made cloth covered 22AWG wire
- 20AWG Tinned copper ground
- CRL 5 way spring loaded lever switch
- Pure Tone multi contact jack socket
- Soldered using Rapid 22SWG lead-free solder