Pre-Wired Guitar wiring harness | Ibanez RG HSH 5 Way Coil Split harness 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!
I've had a number of requests over the years for Ibanez wiring harnesses, and although I did make a few for customers, I often shy'd away from introducing them to the range as I had limited hands on experience with the guitars themselves. But I decided to do something about that and do some digging! I have chatted with some customers who are well versed in the RG series, as well as getting my hands on an RG350 which was particularly helpful for taking measurements of the control cavity, and also on that example seeing the version which uses a standard mono jack instead of the panel jack socket seen on models like the RG550. But to cut a long story short, I delved into the world of Ibanez RG models, and have come out the other side with a HSH configuration harness I really like using the USA spec components I know and trust, and through testing personally really enjoyed using too! It takes inspiration from the 5-way JEM Vai style wiring, with coil splitting in positions 2 & 4, I also ultilise '50s style' wiring for the volume and tone pots, to help with retaining treble frequencies when rolling the volume pot down, and a nice balance between volume and tone. For coil splitting options though, your humbuckers will need to have 4 conductor wiring, so note this before ordering.
Position 1 - Bridge humbucker
Position 2 - Bridge humbucker coil split with middle single coil parallel
Position 3 - Middle single coil
Position 4 - Neck humbucker coil split with middle single coil parallel
Position 5 - Neck humbucker
I have intended for my wiring harnesses to be as simple as possible to install to your Ibanez RG, but there are some details to note here, as well as writing in depth fitting guides & a simple to follow wiring diagram.
The parts I use, in particular the pots, are CTS branded pots which are imperial measurements. So it is more than likely that you will have to enlarge the holes in your far east built Ibanez which would have likely had smaller metric sized pots from the factory originally. There may be some variations, but do please note this. For reference, the CTS pots I use in this harness have a shaft diameter of 9.52mm, but would usually widen the pickguard pot mounting holes to 10mm.
This harness is designed for pickguard mounted electronics RG models. If your RG controls mount through the body of the guitar itself, drop me a message and we can check a few details in the cavity to ensure this will fit first. I have made an RG harness for a body mounted version and all was well, but well worth checking seeing as there are so many variations of RG models over the years.
The CTS pots I use have a 5.95mm 24 spline split shaft for fitting control knobs. Depending on the guitar's original pot specs, you may require new control knobs and possibly a new pickup selector switch tip. 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 - 38mm
Centre of volume pot to centre of tone pot - 72mm
These measurements for my templates were taken from a genuine Ibanez RG pickguard. I do allow for some 'give' in the wire lengths between components, so if it isn't exactly the same measurements on your pickguard/body but is close, then chances are the extra length of wire I allow for will allow it to fit comfortably. If you're at all concerned this will be a problem though, be sure to get in touch to check and we can revise the measurements where required.
- CTS '450' Series +/-10% Tolerance short shaft pots - 500k 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
- Oak 5 way spring loaded lever switch
- Pure Tone multi contact jack socket
- or Switchcraft panel jack socket depending on model
- Soldered using Rapid 22SWG lead-free solder