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Pre-Wired Volume harness | DeLonge Starcaster kit | Right Handed

£22.91

Please use the tabs below to read through the information about this Pre-Wired harness kit. From a run down of what the kit does, to important fitting information and full specs.

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!

Model Description

This kit is as simple as they can come, but it is a tip of the Hurley Cap to one of my most favourite signature Fender guitar models, but also to help those modifying and creating replcias of the new Tom Delonge guitars, his Starcasters. This kit is essentially the same as my Delonge Strat kit, but instead with the volume and jack pre-wired ready for install to suit the Starcaster model. As a Delonge Starcaster isn't (yet?) a production model, I have decided to offer this kit with two main specs;
After having the privilege of working and inspecting an all original 2001 TD Strat thanks to one of my regular customers and supporters, I was able to have a closer look on an early example which alongside finding the original Fender production parts lists, confirmed that the original
 factory Fender TD signature model had a CTS 500k pot (as expected of course!), as well as a treble bleed, which featured a 680pF capacitor and 220kOhm resistor wired in parallel. For reference, this spec was also noted on the original Fender manual/parts list for the TD strat too. So if you want to build your Starcaster project more to match the wiring/pickup specs of the old Strats, then you'll want to opt for the treble bleed option. 
The all new re-issue Delonge Strat launched in July 2023 also features a Treble Bleed as noted in the Fender press release info/spec. After being able to inspect one of these reissues, they have a new/different treble bleed spec which is a PCB with SMD, 1.1nf capacitor, a 150kOhm resistor in parallel with an additional 47kOhm resistor in series. This sounded and worked great but for my delonge kits, I have decided to stick with the original TD treble bleed spec.
I make it with the best components I have available to me, CTS 450 series audio taper pot, Gavitt 22awg braided wire, (if chosen)my treble bleed mod and the brilliant Pure Tone multi contact jack socket. 

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.

Product Options

Pot shaft type
The first drop down option is the choice of split shaft or solid shaft control knobs. If you wish to fit a push-fit style control knob (like Tom's Starcasters), you'll need the split shaft option and a control knob that will suit a CTS 5.95mm 24 spline split shaft pot.  OR if you intend to fit a grub screw secured control knob (like the ones on the old Strats), they usually need a solid shaft pot so you choose the solid shaft option and install your grub screw fixed control knob on a 6.35mm solid shaft pot.

If you are looking for the same white ‘Speed’ style push-fit control knob like what Tom has on his own custom Starcasters, then I also carry those in stock and they’re available HERE

Bridge ground wire
I have decided to make this option available, as many of you may be using this wiring kit on a new, partscaster type build for example. If you are fitting this kit into your existing guitar, and re-attaching the guitars original bridge ground wire then simply select without. If you have had to remove the original perhaps, or it’s for a new build altogether and would find having a ground wire pre soldered, simple select with! Hope this option helps with your specific project.

With or without treble bleed
As there is no production model of the Starcaster yet, only Tom's custom shop personal collection there is no production model reference point to the 'correct' spec. So I have decided to offer this kit with the same spec treble bleed that the original production run Strats featured. Or you can have no treble bleed fitted, this is how Tom's actual custom Fender Starcasters are wired, as confirmed by Brian Thrasher, the Custom Shop R&D man behind Tom's builds. 

Fitting information

I have intended for my wiring harnesses to be as simple as possible to install to your Starcaster, as well as writing in depth general fitting guides and simple to follow wiring diagrams for each wiring style. But in this section you'll find some important fitting notes that will hopefully help you assess whether the kit is suitable for your exact Starcaster or what is required to allow it to fit correctly.

I allow for around 15cm of wire length from the pot to the jack. If you are locating your volume pot in a different place to where it is on Tom's Starcaster, and need a longer wire length please just let me know and I will accommodate for that for you. 

Can I fit this kit myself?
This ultimately comes down to whether you own the equipment needed to correctly and safely install the kit, or how comfortable you feel working on your own guitar. I do feel that installing a pre-wired guitar harness is do-able for many guitarists but only if the correct tools are used and care is taken to ensure you do not damage the kit, your guitar or yourself! There are detailed installation guides here on my website, as well as simple to follow wiring diagrams all to help make the process as easy as possible and in my experience, these have helped thousands of my customers carry out their own install. But if for any reason you have concerns about fitting the kit yourself which is entirely understandable, then I'm sure you'll agree that it is likely best to have a professional fit the kit and help ensure your purchased kit, and your beloved guitar are both looked after and worked on correctly. 
If you are local to me (Stourbridge, West Midlands) I take on guitar work no problem at all so will certainly be able to help install your Signature Series harness. 

Will the pots/jack fit my guitar body?
The components I use in my Signature Series wiring kits are for the most part, USA imperial specification. If you're fitting this harness to a far east built guitar such as a Squier or similar brand, then you may have to widen the holes in the body to accommodate for the imperial measurement pot. The CTS pots and Pure Tone multi contact jack have a mounting thread shaft diameter of 0.369" / 9.38mm so I recommend for ease of install a 0.394" / 10mm pot/jack mounting holes. You can easily widen the holes in the body too if you would prefer, I recommend doing this safely with a step cutter drill bit. I also offer this as a service so if you would like me to widen your guitar body for you, do please get in touch and we can organise this additionally.

If you’re buying this kit for a USA or Mexican made Starcaster, then chances are it will be a direct, no modifications install process for you. 

What control knobs will fit?
The kit uses CTS Split shaft pots which have a adjustable split shaft diameter of 5.95mm w/ 24 splines or CTS solid shaft pots which have a solid brass 0.25" / 6.35mm shaft for mounting the control knob. You will need control knobs that suit these measurements.
Do not attempt to force fit smaller, metric/import spec control knobs onto the imperial USA spec pots, doing this can damage the pot.

If you do require a US spec control knobs, I do carry a selection of popular options in stock and they can be viewed in the Control Knob category on the store.

Specs/Parts included

- 1x CTS '450' Series +/-10% Tolerance short shaft pots - 500k
- 1x Pure Tone multi contact jack socket (nickel finish)
- Optional Treble Bleed Spec - Ceramic 680pF capacitor & Carbon Film 220kOhm parallel wired treble bleed
- Gavitt USA made braided & cloth covered 22AWG wire
- 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/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

 

Please use the tabs below to read through the information about this Pre-Wired harness kit. From a run down of what the kit does, to important fitting information and full specs.

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!

This kit is as simple as they can come, but it is a tip of the Hurley Cap to one of my most favourite signature Fender guitar models, but also to help those modifying and creating replcias of the new Tom Delonge guitars, his Starcasters. This kit is essentially the same as my Delonge Strat kit, but instead with the volume and jack pre-wired ready for install to suit the Starcaster model. As a Delonge Starcaster isn't (yet?) a production model, I have decided to offer this kit with two main specs;
After having the privilege of working and inspecting an all original 2001 TD Strat thanks to one of my regular customers and supporters, I was able to have a closer look on an early example which alongside finding the original Fender production parts lists, confirmed that the original
 factory Fender TD signature model had a CTS 500k pot (as expected of course!), as well as a treble bleed, which featured a 680pF capacitor and 220kOhm resistor wired in parallel. For reference, this spec was also noted on the original Fender manual/parts list for the TD strat too. So if you want to build your Starcaster project more to match the wiring/pickup specs of the old Strats, then you'll want to opt for the treble bleed option. 
The all new re-issue Delonge Strat launched in July 2023 also features a Treble Bleed as noted in the Fender press release info/spec. After being able to inspect one of these reissues, they have a new/different treble bleed spec which is a PCB with SMD, 1.1nf capacitor, a 150kOhm resistor in parallel with an additional 47kOhm resistor in series. This sounded and worked great but for my delonge kits, I have decided to stick with the original TD treble bleed spec.
I make it with the best components I have available to me, CTS 450 series audio taper pot, Gavitt 22awg braided wire, (if chosen)my treble bleed mod and the brilliant Pure Tone multi contact jack socket. 

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.

Pot shaft type
The first drop down option is the choice of split shaft or solid shaft control knobs. If you wish to fit a push-fit style control knob (like Tom's Starcasters), you'll need the split shaft option and a control knob that will suit a CTS 5.95mm 24 spline split shaft pot.  OR if you intend to fit a grub screw secured control knob (like the ones on the old Strats), they usually need a solid shaft pot so you choose the solid shaft option and install your grub screw fixed control knob on a 6.35mm solid shaft pot.

If you are looking for the same white ‘Speed’ style push-fit control knob like what Tom has on his own custom Starcasters, then I also carry those in stock and they’re available HERE

Bridge ground wire
I have decided to make this option available, as many of you may be using this wiring kit on a new, partscaster type build for example. If you are fitting this kit into your existing guitar, and re-attaching the guitars original bridge ground wire then simply select without. If you have had to remove the original perhaps, or it’s for a new build altogether and would find having a ground wire pre soldered, simple select with! Hope this option helps with your specific project.

With or without treble bleed
As there is no production model of the Starcaster yet, only Tom's custom shop personal collection there is no production model reference point to the 'correct' spec. So I have decided to offer this kit with the same spec treble bleed that the original production run Strats featured. Or you can have no treble bleed fitted, this is how Tom's actual custom Fender Starcasters are wired, as confirmed by Brian Thrasher, the Custom Shop R&D man behind Tom's builds. 

I have intended for my wiring harnesses to be as simple as possible to install to your Starcaster, as well as writing in depth general fitting guides and simple to follow wiring diagrams for each wiring style. But in this section you'll find some important fitting notes that will hopefully help you assess whether the kit is suitable for your exact Starcaster or what is required to allow it to fit correctly.

I allow for around 15cm of wire length from the pot to the jack. If you are locating your volume pot in a different place to where it is on Tom's Starcaster, and need a longer wire length please just let me know and I will accommodate for that for you. 

Can I fit this kit myself?
This ultimately comes down to whether you own the equipment needed to correctly and safely install the kit, or how comfortable you feel working on your own guitar. I do feel that installing a pre-wired guitar harness is do-able for many guitarists but only if the correct tools are used and care is taken to ensure you do not damage the kit, your guitar or yourself! There are detailed installation guides here on my website, as well as simple to follow wiring diagrams all to help make the process as easy as possible and in my experience, these have helped thousands of my customers carry out their own install. But if for any reason you have concerns about fitting the kit yourself which is entirely understandable, then I'm sure you'll agree that it is likely best to have a professional fit the kit and help ensure your purchased kit, and your beloved guitar are both looked after and worked on correctly. 
If you are local to me (Stourbridge, West Midlands) I take on guitar work no problem at all so will certainly be able to help install your Signature Series harness. 

Will the pots/jack fit my guitar body?
The components I use in my Signature Series wiring kits are for the most part, USA imperial specification. If you're fitting this harness to a far east built guitar such as a Squier or similar brand, then you may have to widen the holes in the body to accommodate for the imperial measurement pot. The CTS pots and Pure Tone multi contact jack have a mounting thread shaft diameter of 0.369" / 9.38mm so I recommend for ease of install a 0.394" / 10mm pot/jack mounting holes. You can easily widen the holes in the body too if you would prefer, I recommend doing this safely with a step cutter drill bit. I also offer this as a service so if you would like me to widen your guitar body for you, do please get in touch and we can organise this additionally.

If you’re buying this kit for a USA or Mexican made Starcaster, then chances are it will be a direct, no modifications install process for you. 

What control knobs will fit?
The kit uses CTS Split shaft pots which have a adjustable split shaft diameter of 5.95mm w/ 24 splines or CTS solid shaft pots which have a solid brass 0.25" / 6.35mm shaft for mounting the control knob. You will need control knobs that suit these measurements.
Do not attempt to force fit smaller, metric/import spec control knobs onto the imperial USA spec pots, doing this can damage the pot.

If you do require a US spec control knobs, I do carry a selection of popular options in stock and they can be viewed in the Control Knob category on the store.

- 1x CTS '450' Series +/-10% Tolerance short shaft pots - 500k
- 1x Pure Tone multi contact jack socket (nickel finish)
- Optional Treble Bleed Spec - Ceramic 680pF capacitor & Carbon Film 220kOhm parallel wired treble bleed
- Gavitt USA made braided & cloth covered 22AWG wire
- 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/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