Pre-Wired Volume harness | DeLonge Strat kit | Right & Left Handed
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!
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, I was able to clarify the specs used on the originals, and recreate that with my kit.
The factory Fender TD signature models had a CTS 500k pot, 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 was glad to have seen it first hand so I know I am being true to original factory spec with my pre-wired volume kit. This treble bleed mod worked great I thought with the SD Invader pickup, so happy to continue on with those specs. I make it with the best components I have available to me, CTS 'TVT' series audio taper pot, Gavitt 22awg wire, my treble bleed mod and the brilliant Pure Tone multi contact jack socket.
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!
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.
- CTS 'TVT' 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 Rapid 22SWG lead-free solder