Pre-Wired Guitar wiring harness | Epiphone Sheraton kit | Right Handed & Left Handed
Customer notice - I am currently awaiting a back order for CTS mini series pots, so until those arrive I am unable to make these Sheraton kits within my usual turnaround time. But hopefully the shipment will arrive soon and anyone that orders one of these kits will be updated and orders made as soon as the mini pots stock lands with me. Thanks for your patience!
I usually make harnesses to order, due to the variety of spec options that could be chosen across the whole range. The turnaround time for a harness orders is around 3 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 Epiphone Sheraton, although sharing a lot of similarities to a 335 also can differ in a few ways that makes trying to fit a regular 335 harness a challenge. From research it seems that the earlier Sheratons had a much small f-hole meaning that feeding regular sized pots through during the install can be difficult or impossible. So a great solution to this is to use CTS's 'mini' sized pots. These feature the same specs overall as the full sized versions, brass pot shaft, bakelite board and carbon graphite contact patch with +/-10% tolerance, but they're a much smaller footprint making the install that little bit easier.
But the Sheraton also of course usually features gold hardware, so I have decided to list this harness up as a standard model now with these options in mind.
The only detail worth noting is that the Switchcraft Short Frame toggle switch isn't easily available in gold, mainly being sourced in nickel. So what I do is supply a gold nut with this switch to help a little with the visuals. But the jack socket supplied with this kit is the gold PT multi contact jack.
Wired '50s' style.
I have intended for my wiring harnesses to be as simple as possible to install to your Sheraton (335 schematic), 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 your far east built Epiphone or similar, then you may have to widen the holes in the body to accommodate for these imperial measurement pots.
For reference, the CTS pots I use in this harness have a shaft diameter of 9.52mm and I tend to widen the body holes to 10mm to suit.
You may also require new control knobs to fit the CTS pot 'split shaft' diameter of 5.95mm and 24 spline.
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 (I realise a Sheraton measurements can vary slightly from these mentioned but there is plenty of give in wire lengths between components to allow for a comfortable fit)
Centre of Switch to neck volume pot - 48mm
Centre of neck volume pot to centre of neck tone pot - 66mm
Centre of neck volume pot to bridge volume pot - 67mm
Centre of bridge volume pot to bridge tone pot - 65mm
Centre of neck tone pot to jack socket - 65mm
.01uF or .022uF neck position tone cap value?
Troubled by a dark sounding neck pickup? Well it's not totally un-common with Gibson type guitars or humbuckers in general so don't worry, you have some ways in which it can be improved. Although the standard spec harness will I'm sure help the pickup breathe and is ultimately the most popular spec choice, I now also with the choice of a .01uF value cap in the neck position instead to help clear up a darker sounding neck pickup.
This is very much personal choice and/or how you are finding the balance between the neck and bridge pickup currently. The main thing to consider is whether you feel your neck pickup is too dark/muddy compared to the bridge pickup. If it is and you want to try and help brighten it up a little, then a .01uF value cap in that position may be useful to you. If you like how your neck pickup sounds, then stick with a .022uF! It's the most popular choice and the 'go-to' cap value for most P90s and Humbuckers generally.
Righty or Southpaw, the choice is there to suit however your play!
Alongside the usual right handed replacement wiring harnesses, I also make these in left handed orientation. But as the CTS mini pots are only available to buy in regular RH audio taper, I can't offer a LH/reverse taper version I'm afraid. But can of course make it in left handed orientation for you.
- CTS Mini Series +/-10% Tolerance short shaft pots - 500k, split shaft pots as standard on Sheraton kits
- .022uF 'Yellow Mustard' type tone capacitor
- Now also with the choice of .01uF value cap in the neck position to help clear up a darker sounding neck pickup.
- Gavitt USA made Outer Braided cloth covered 22AWG wire
- Switchcraft 3 way short frame toggle switch.
- Gold Pure Tone multi contact jack socket
- Soldered using Rapid 22SWG lead-free solder