Signature Series Pre-Wired 'HS' Telecaster harness kit - Right Handed
I usually make harnesses to order & the waiting time for harness orders is around 3-5 working days depending on quantity of orders in at the time. I'll always endeavor to turn orders around within that time frame and your order will be updated accordingly when dispatched.
Please note that the main product photos may appear slightly different to the harness you receive. Please don't worry about this, I am constantly finding new and improved ways to assemble my harnesses and great care and attention is taken in making your harness orders, one by one.
About Pre-Wired Harnesses
After introducing harnesses to my product line-up back in 2015, listening to customer feedback, undertaking my own testing & taking on board customer requests over that time, I've come to find my favourite specs & components to use. I decided to name these harnesses my 'Signature Series', which I suppose is just a fancy way of saying I trust these components in providing you & your guitar a solid replacement and/or upgrade.
I wrote an extensive article about replacing your guitar's wiring harness, answering the main questions about each component and the potential differences and improvements that can be had in doing so. To read the full article, click Here!
The series features a UK made +/-3% tolerance .022uF polypropylene film capacitor and Pure Tone multi contact jacks as standard. Along with the brilliant CTS 'TVT' series +/-5% tolerance pots, Gavitt 22AWG wire and a CRL spring loaded lever switch.
HERE is my fitting tips and guide which is a must read for any pre-wired harnesses orders. I highly recommend reading this if you're about to install your new harness.
I have also compiled an article answering some commonly asked questions, which might help you too! You can read that article HERE
If you're fitting this harness to perhaps a copy, standard import or Japanese built Telecaster guitar for example which often have metric sized shaft pots originally, you may need to widen the holes in your control plate etc to accommodate the slighty larger imperial US made quality pots we use. If you are fitting this harness to a USA built Telecaster, there is a good chance it already has imperial, US spec components meaning this will be a direct fit. CTS 'TVT' pots I use in this harness have a shaft diameter of 9.5mm.
For the HS Tele harness I use 500k split shaft pots, which are 24 spline 5.95mm shafts. Depending on which control knobs you have originally, you may either require brass conversion sleeves to convert the split into solid shaft 6.35mm pots or if your original control knobs aren’t already US spec then you may require new control knobs.
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 - 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.
You will find a handy fitting guide to harnesses here
For the wiring diagram to follow during fitting -
HS Telecaster 3 way wiring diagram
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!
My harnesses now only come with the option of .022uF rating tone capacitor. Why? Well first of all very often the choice of value was confusing for some customers, as ultimately it is personal preference. But after chatting to them to help decide which, 99.9% of the time .022uF was the final choice. This has become pretty much the only value cap I was using day to day on orders as .022uF offers a more subtle, gradual roll off of treble frequencies compared to a .047uF creating a more 'usable' control of the tone pot. I personally use .022uF in my own guitars, and it is also the recommended value to pair with McNelly Pickup applications too, so this decision along with being the most popular customer choice became a no brainer!
I am currently using a very high quality audio grade UK made polypropylene film capacitor. These are incredibly solid construction, offering reliability which for me is key to a long lasting item in your guitar, as well as a super tight +/-3% tolerance on the value. Why is that important? Well ultimately it is the value which will tell you most about how the cap will 'sound' or respond, the more accurate the tolerance the more reliable the response in use.
This harness is designed for Tele's with a 'HS' pickup configuration, usually Humbucker in the neck and single coil in the bridge like good old Keef. The idea is as little compromise as possible, usually with HS Teles you have to decide whether to go 500k and have an overly bright bridge position, or 250k and have a 'dark' neck position. So what we do here is use 500k along with a 470k resistor wired alongside the bridge pickup, so when in that position the pickup sees 250k pot rating. It works really well and I've offered this mod many times for custom orders, but now it's part of the started line-up.
Due to some delays in sourcing my usual Capacitor, I am currently using a a quality temporary alternative, Jupiter Yellow Vintage Tone .02uF capacitors. Please bare this in mind if considering ordering in the short term or please get in touch. Cheers, James
- CTS 'TVT' Series +/-5% Tolerance short shaft pots - 500k SPLIT shaft
- UK made +/-3% tolerance .022uF polypropylene film capacitors
- TAKMAN 470k resistor
- Gavitt USA made cloth covered 22AWG wire
- 20AWG Tinned copper ground
- CRL 3 way spring loaded lever switch
- Pure Tone multi contact jack socket
Please do note that as standard this harness is made to suit a HS tele with the humbucker in the neck position and single coil in the bridge. If your Tele has a humbucker in the bridge, and single coil in the neck then it can easily be made to suit but please let me know prior so I can wire it in that orientation.