Pre-Wired Volume harness | DeLonge Strat kit | Left Handed

£27.49

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!

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 and is incredibly nostalgic for me, the Tom DeLonge Signature Stratocaster. I spent countless hours staring at the Fender Frontline catalog back in the day wishing I had one of these guitars, super back to basics design but nonetheless wicked guitars. With the originals increasing in value, I know a lot of us are making partscaster replicas instead, so I wanted to offer a pre-wired volume pot kit to help with those projects! After having the privelege 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 before finalising my own kits specs.
This factory Fender TD signature model had a CTS 500k pot as expected, as well as a treble bleed cap mod, which featured a 680pF capacitor and 220kOhm resistor wired in parallel. It's not a totally common treble bleed cap and resistor spec, so I thought that was quite interesting and liked how it sounded with the original Seymour Duncan Invader too. So I did a little further testing of that spec on one of my own SD Invader loaded pickguard guitars and I think it suits it really well, so happy to continue on with those specs. 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. Prefer it made without the treble bleed at all though? Sure, just drop me a message prior to ordering and I can sort that no worries. I make it with the best components I have available to me, CTS 450 series audio taper pot, Gavitt 22awg wire, my treble bleed mod and the brilliant Pure Tone multi contact jack socket. 

Options
The first drop-down option you will see is the orientation. I have decided to offer this kit for both right handed and left handed TD fans. So the right handed option is a simple one to choose,  whereas left handed players will be able to choose their preferred pot turn direction with either a RH audio taper pot, or a LH audio taper pot depending on your personal preference. A RH audio taper pot turns clockwise to increase volume from '0', whereas a LH/Reverse audio taper pot turns counter-clockwise to increase volume from '0'. Some lefty players prefer one way, and others another way, so I always feel it is worth offering the choice of either and you can pick which best suits your personal playing preference. Hope this helps LH Tom fans!

The second drop down option is the choice of a solid shaft conversion sleeve for the pot shaft. Because I want to use the best quality pots possible in my kit, I have had to stick with a split shaft pot so depending on what style and size of control knob you intend to install onto the pot, you can either leave as it is and you'll need a push-fit control knob to suit 5.95mm 24 spline CTS/imperial pots. OR if you intend to fit the true to original Telecaster style barrel control knob, they usually need a solid shaft pot so you choose the solid shaft conversion sleeve option and install your grub screw fixed control knob on a 6.35mm solid shaft pot with the help of the sleeve.

Third option, is to help those making a partscaster from scratch for example. I can pre-solder a length of ground wire for you which is used for the bridge ground connection. If your guitar already has a bridge ground wire connected and you don't need this, simply select 'no' and I'll leave as is. If it's a new build, or you need to replace your bridge ground wire, select 'yes' and I can pre-solder that to the volume pot for you!

Installing
I have intended for my wiring harnesses to be as simple as possible to install to your Tom DeLonge Stratocaster model, as well as writing in depth fitting guides, 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 a far east built variant for example such as a Squier or similar, then you may have to widen the hole in the pickguard to accommodate for the imperial measurement pot.
For reference, the CTS pots I use in this harness have a shaft diameter of 9.52mm.

You may also require new control knobs to fit the CTS pot 'splines'. I offer this harness with split shaft pots as standard or with the extra option of a brass conversion sleeve to convert to solid shaft. The split shaft pots are 5.95mm 24 spline, and the solid shaft are 6.35mm solid.

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 categories on the store including true to original spec Telecaster style chrome barrel control knobs.

Parts used
- CTS '450' Series +/-10% tolerance pots - 500k split shaft option
For Left handed kit with LH audio taper option - CTS 500k reverse/left handed audio taper split shaft pot
- 680pF & 220kOhm parallel wired treble bleed
- Gavitt USA made cloth covered 22AWG wire
- Pure Tone multi contact jack socket
- 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.

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. 

Do you make custom harnesses?

I'm afraid I do not offer a custom harness service. Only kits developed, tested and listed on my website are the available kits. So no custom schematics etc. If you happen to be local to my office, then I do carry out custom work in house, but in regards to shipped out pre-wired harnesses I do not offer custom kits. I am however happy to use different pot values or cap values within reason if you have a specific requirement that differs to the specs listed above. If this is relevant to yourself then please get in touch to discuss further to ensure the request is possible. 

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!

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 and is incredibly nostalgic for me, the Tom DeLonge Signature Stratocaster. I spent countless hours staring at the Fender Frontline catalog back in the day wishing I had one of these guitars, super back to basics design but nonetheless wicked guitars. With the originals increasing in value, I know a lot of us are making partscaster replicas instead, so I wanted to offer a pre-wired volume pot kit to help with those projects! After having the privelege 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 before finalising my own kits specs.
This factory Fender TD signature model had a CTS 500k pot as expected, as well as a treble bleed cap mod, which featured a 680pF capacitor and 220kOhm resistor wired in parallel. It's not a totally common treble bleed cap and resistor spec, so I thought that was quite interesting and liked how it sounded with the original Seymour Duncan Invader too. So I did a little further testing of that spec on one of my own SD Invader loaded pickguard guitars and I think it suits it really well, so happy to continue on with those specs. 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. Prefer it made without the treble bleed at all though? Sure, just drop me a message prior to ordering and I can sort that no worries. I make it with the best components I have available to me, CTS 450 series audio taper pot, Gavitt 22awg wire, my treble bleed mod and the brilliant Pure Tone multi contact jack socket. 

Options
The first drop-down option you will see is the orientation. I have decided to offer this kit for both right handed and left handed TD fans. So the right handed option is a simple one to choose,  whereas left handed players will be able to choose their preferred pot turn direction with either a RH audio taper pot, or a LH audio taper pot depending on your personal preference. A RH audio taper pot turns clockwise to increase volume from '0', whereas a LH/Reverse audio taper pot turns counter-clockwise to increase volume from '0'. Some lefty players prefer one way, and others another way, so I always feel it is worth offering the choice of either and you can pick which best suits your personal playing preference. Hope this helps LH Tom fans!

The second drop down option is the choice of a solid shaft conversion sleeve for the pot shaft. Because I want to use the best quality pots possible in my kit, I have had to stick with a split shaft pot so depending on what style and size of control knob you intend to install onto the pot, you can either leave as it is and you'll need a push-fit control knob to suit 5.95mm 24 spline CTS/imperial pots. OR if you intend to fit the true to original Telecaster style barrel control knob, they usually need a solid shaft pot so you choose the solid shaft conversion sleeve option and install your grub screw fixed control knob on a 6.35mm solid shaft pot with the help of the sleeve.

Third option, is to help those making a partscaster from scratch for example. I can pre-solder a length of ground wire for you which is used for the bridge ground connection. If your guitar already has a bridge ground wire connected and you don't need this, simply select 'no' and I'll leave as is. If it's a new build, or you need to replace your bridge ground wire, select 'yes' and I can pre-solder that to the volume pot for you!

Installing
I have intended for my wiring harnesses to be as simple as possible to install to your Tom DeLonge Stratocaster model, as well as writing in depth fitting guides, 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 a far east built variant for example such as a Squier or similar, then you may have to widen the hole in the pickguard to accommodate for the imperial measurement pot.
For reference, the CTS pots I use in this harness have a shaft diameter of 9.52mm.

You may also require new control knobs to fit the CTS pot 'splines'. I offer this harness with split shaft pots as standard or with the extra option of a brass conversion sleeve to convert to solid shaft. The split shaft pots are 5.95mm 24 spline, and the solid shaft are 6.35mm solid.

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 categories on the store including true to original spec Telecaster style chrome barrel control knobs.

Parts used
- CTS '450' Series +/-10% tolerance pots - 500k split shaft option
For Left handed kit with LH audio taper option - CTS 500k reverse/left handed audio taper split shaft pot
- 680pF & 220kOhm parallel wired treble bleed
- Gavitt USA made cloth covered 22AWG wire
- Pure Tone multi contact jack socket
- 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.

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'm afraid I do not offer a custom harness service. Only kits developed, tested and listed on my website are the available kits. So no custom schematics etc. If you happen to be local to my office, then I do carry out custom work in house, but in regards to shipped out pre-wired harnesses I do not offer custom kits. I am however happy to use different pot values or cap values within reason if you have a specific requirement that differs to the specs listed above. If this is relevant to yourself then please get in touch to discuss further to ensure the request is possible.