Pre-Wired Guitar wiring harness | 3-way Esquire Eldred Mod kit | Right Handed
I usually make harnesses to order, due to the variety of spec options that could be chosen across the range. The waiting time for harness orders is around 3-5 working days depending on quantity of orders in at the time and your order will be updated accordingly when dispatched.
'If it's only got one pickup, why does it have a pickup selector switch?!' Perhaps the most common comment when the Esquire is discussed on a facebook group or forum! But if you're not familiar with the single pickup predecessor of the beloved Telecaster, it could be easily misunderstood. The selector switch offers Esquire players variations of tone and the Eldred mod develops that further. It provides you with a pretty traditional 'Tele' bridge pickup sound and controls, via a more traditional .022uF capacitor. Along with a selector switch position where the tone control is bypassed completely, then the 'mod' aspect is the third position which again sees the tone control bypassed, only this time the signal passes through a fixed .0047uF(4700pF) capacitor cocked wah type sound or vocal like sound. Whilst using the guitars volume pot, you can achieve some great 'on-guitar' effects It's a unique sound, but one that has proved really popular courtesy of the Eldred Mod to Esquire players.
I have intended for my wiring harnesses to be as simple as possible to install to your Esquire, 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 US made 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 holes in the control plate to accommodate for these imperial measurement pots. Or alternatively, purchase a new control plate that is already suited to the US spec components.
For reference, the CTS pots I use in this harness have a shaft diameter of 9.5mm.
You may also require new control knobs to fit the CTS pot 'solid shaft' diameter of 6.35mm.
If you do require a US spec control plate or 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 - 40mm
Centre of volume pot to centre of tone pot - 64mm
These measurements for my templates were taken from a USA Fender telecaster control plate.
With or without Treble Bleed?
First up, what does it do? A Treble Bleed kit takes the 'high' treble tone frequencies out of the circuit at the volume pot, and puts them back in the circuit as the signal leaves the volume pot. This means the treble frequencies are prevented from naturally bleeding out of the circuit as your turn your volume pot down. The result is a smoothed out treble and a more uniform tone from 1 to 10. Reducing the treble drop out as the volume pot rolls off. Some guitar players wouldn't be without a treble bleed, and many have never used one on their guitars. Truth is, it is very much personal preference. I personally don't use a treble bleed mod on any of my guitars, and this is just due to the way I play. If you like the idea of retaining treble as you roll your volume pot down, then a treble bleed is for you!
- CTS 'TVT' Series +/-10% Tolerance long shaft pots - 250k, solid shaft pots as standard on Tele kits.
- SoZo .022uF Mustard tone capacitor (If you'd prefer a different value capacitor, do please get in touch and I'd be happy to help, but as standard all of my kits come with .022uF value)
- SoZo Mustard .0047uF / 4700pF 'Fixed' Capacitor
- Gavitt USA made cloth covered 22AWG wire
- 20AWG Tinned copper ground
- CRL 3 way spring loaded lever switch
- Pure Tone multi contact jack socket
- Soldered using Rapid 22SWG lead-free solder