Signature Series Pre-Wired 'HS' Telecaster harness kit - Right Handed
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About Pre-Wired Harnesses
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!
About the 'Signature Series'
After a number of years of making my harnesses, from offering a range of options and further developing the product, it has lead me to this natural road. My Signature Series. This is my personal choice of premium components as the highest grade replacement guitar electronics.
The series features my new USA made paper in oil capacitors and Pure Tone multi contact jacks as standard. Along with the brilliant CTS 'TVT' series +/-5% tolerance pots, 22awg wire with modern insulation and a lacquered cotton braid finish and a CRL spring loaded 3 way lever switch.
If you're upgrading from perhaps standard import or Japanese built guitars which have metric sized pots, you may need to widen the holes in your guitar's control plate etc to accommodate the slight larger 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.
As standard, the spacing between components etc is based upon measurements taken from a USA built Fender Telecaster, but If you have a Telecaster style guitar that isn't a genuine Fender, I can happily make a harness to suit your guitar. So please feel free to get in touch! We will compare measurements on your guitar to ensure it's suitability and wire it with the correct wire lengths between the components. If intending to use the original control plate, please note the paragraph above regarding widening the holes in your control plate to suit the upgrade CTS USA spec pots, or if you'd rather not re-drill those original holes there are also replacement, USA spec control plates available separately.
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!
Which Capacitor Value will I need?
As a rule the general recommendation is .022uF for humbuckers, .047uF for single coils. This is usually based off the pickup manufacturers recommendations, but you can of course use whichever you choose for the given application. I personally prefer .022uF for both single coil and humbuckers for example, the reason being that a .022uF will 'roll off' less treble than a .047uF, making the pot 'sweep' sound a touch more gradual. A .047uF will be an ever so slightly 'steeper' roll off of trebles. It's personal preference, but first port of call would be to check out your pickup manufacturers recommendation and go from there. For reference, all McNelly Pickups are recommended to pair with .022uF capacitors. Hope this helps!
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.
- CTS 'TVT' Series +/-5% Tolerance long shaft pots - 500k split shaft
- USA made Paper in oil capacitor. .022uF or .047uF Capacitors
- TAKMAN 470k resistor
- 22AWG wire
- 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.
If you are ordering this wiring kit to go along with your McNelly Pickups, we would recommend the .022uF capacitor option as the McNelly range has been designed with that rating in mind. Also note, if you select the 4 way switch option, you will need to ground the neck pickup cover with an additional wire.
What comes with my harness?
You'll be supplied with your completed, made to order wiring harness. But as of Jan 2019, in an effort to reduce the amount of paper/packaging used in every harness order heading out the door and make things a little more environmentally friendly as a result, I have made my harness fitting guide as well as all relevant wiring diagrams available on my website. These can be viewed HERE. The harness also comes mounted on an MDF template, which might be handy for future use too!