Pre-Wired Guitar wiring harness | 50s Les Paul 'Short Shaft' kit | Right Handed
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!
For such a simple configuration, I must admit that the Les Paul harness has been the model I've researched and refined the most in my time making harnesses. I wanted to be respectful of the traditional aspects of the guitar that so many people love, bringing the best out of the iconic Gibson design. After offering a variety of specs over the years, I've now settled on 50s style wiring as standard, with high quality components and a few spec choices which I hope to help the install process that little bit easier.
With or without the toggle harness?
This ultimately comes down to your requirements for the work being carried out. If you're happy with the quality or condition of your existing toggle switch and jack, then you can simply order the pots only section of the harness meaning you can use your existing toggle switch and jack. But if you feel the quality or condition of your existing switch or jack isn't up to the job, then I also offer Les Paul harnesses as a complete kit including a new pre wired Switchcraft toggle switch and Pure Tone Multi contact jack socket. This kit uses a Switchcraft short frame 3 way toggle, and I have chosen those because they will fit a broader range of Les Paul models but also they feature a longer mounting thread length removing the need for an additional extended knurled nut. The pre-wired switch as standard is wired with traditional Gavitt braided wire, and they come with each wire colour coded to help with install.
Red heat shrink wire - To neck volume pot
Yellow heat shrink wire - To bridge volume pot
Green heat shrink wire - To jack socket
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. If you like the idea of retaining treble as you roll your volume pot down, then a treble bleed is for you!
Now, 50's style wiring does naturally offer some form of treble bleed due to how the tone cap is wired between the volume and tone pots, this can often be enough for some players but it is a subtle response when compared to a dedicated cap and resistor treble bleed mod. So I offer it as an additional option here should you need them.
.01uF or .022uF neck position tone cap value?
Troubled by a dark sounding neck pickup? Well it's not totally un-common with Gibson type guitars or humbuckers in general so don't worry, you have some ways in which it can be improved. Although the standard spec harness will I'm sure help the pickup breathe and is ultimately the most popular spec choice, I now also with the choice of a .01uF value cap in the neck position instead to help clear up a darker sounding neck pickup. The difference is subtle but sometimes every little helps when fixing a muddy pickup position.
This is very much personal choice and/or how you are finding the balance between the neck and bridge pickup currently. The main thing to consider is whether you feel your neck pickup is too dark/muddy compared to the bridge pickup. If it is and you want to try and help brighten it up a little, then a .01uF value cap in that position may be useful to you. If you like how your neck pickup sounds, then stick with a .022uF! It's the most popular choice and the 'go-to' cap value for most P90s and Humbuckers generally.
I have intended for my wiring harnesses to be as simple as possible to install to your Les Paul, 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 feature imperial measurements. If you're fitting this harness to a far east built variant for example such as a Epiphone or similar, then you may require new control knobs/switch tip to suit these new imperial spec parts over their original metric specs. The CTS pot 'split shaft' spline diameter is 5.95mm w/24 splines.
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.
Will the pots fit my guitar?
The components I use in my Signature Series wiring kits are for the most part, USA imperial specification. Depending on where your Les Paul is made, the pots in the kit may be a direct fit or require some modification to fit. The pots will be a direct fit into a USA made Les Paul. If you have a Epiphone, or far east built variant, then there is a very good chance you will need to widen the holes in the body to fit these CTS imperial spec pots.
The CTS pots have a mounting thread shaft diameter of 0.370" / 9.4mm so I recommend for ease of install a 0.394" / 10mm pot mounting hole is required. The jack socket I use in the full kit again is imperial specification, the outer thread diameter measures 0.367" / 9.32mm and ideally requires a 0.394" / 10mm hole to comfortably mount. The Switchcraft toggle switch has a mounting thread diameter of 0.462" / 11.75mm so ideally needs a 0.472" / 12mm hole to comfortably mount.
This kit features short shaft pots which ultimately will only fit specific variants of Les Paul. Some of the models for example are Gibson Historic R4/R5/R6/R7/R8/R9/R0, 1952 to 1977 Standard, 1954 to 1977 Custom, 1968 to 1977 Deluxe, Historic R7 Custom, The Paul, Les Paul Special, Les Paul Jr. If you're at all unsure of which pot spec you need, a simple way to look at it is that long shaft pots will fit all variants, short shaft will only fit specific models and I am more than happy to help you identify this via e-mail with photos of the original pots and/or the top thickness.
Centre of neck volume pot and neck tone pot - 62mm
Centre of neck tone pot and bridge tone pot - 48mm
Centre of bridge volume pot and bridge tone pot - 61mm
These measurements were taken from a Genuine USA Gibson Les Paul, but as you may well know, Gibson are well known for their transitional changes, let alone the potential differences between USA and far east built Les Pauls. So! I do allow for 'give' in the wire lengths between components to allow for small differences so there is some wiggle room for installation, it's not a 'fixed' measurement by any means. If these measurements are massively different to your guitar, just let me know the precise centre to centre measurements on yours and I will make it to suit that no problem at all.
Pots only kit
- CTS '450' Series +/-10% Tolerance Short Shaft pots - 500k split shaft
- .022uF 'Yellow Mustard' type tone capacitor as standard
- Now also with the choice of .01uF value cap in the neck position to help clear up a darker sounding neck pickup.
- 20AWG Tinned copper ground
- Soldered using Rapid 22SWG lead-free solder
For full kits including new toggle switch section
- Switchcraft Short Frame 3 way toggle switch (Nickel)
- Pure Tone multi contact jack socket (Nickel)
- Gavitt Braided 22AWG wire
- 20AWG Tinned copper ground
- Soldered using Rapid 22SWG lead-free solder
Need a gold toggle and jack socket? I make those too! Simply choose the pots only section on this listing, and then add THIS gold pre-wired toggle to your cart
Can you use different spec parts for me?
If you require this kit but want a different value pot or cap spec, by all means just let me know. If you need different value pots pots instead for example or want a .047uF value cap instead of the standard .022uF value, those custom requests are happily catered for. Either e-mail me prior to placing your order, or drop a note in the order comments box upon placing your order and I will use those specs when making your wiring kit.
I do not however offer a custom harness service, changes to the schematic nor will use other brands of components. I have spent a long time testing and finding the components I feel will get the best out of the sound and last well in use. Thanks for your understanding.