Signature Series Pre-Wired Les Paul 'Short Shaft' harness kit
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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 (on RH taper harnesses), 22awg wire with modern insulation and a lacquered cotton braid finish (Braided 22awg wire on 50s Style kits) and a Switchcraft short frame 3 way toggle 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 body etc to accommodate the slight larger US made quality pots we use. If you are fitting this harness to a USA built Les Paul, 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 Gibson Les Paul, but If you have a Les Paul style guitar that isn't a USA Gibson, 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.
I have written an article to help with installing a 50s Style wiring harness on a Les Paul. You can read that article HERE
I will be following with a modern style wiring install very soon.
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. High quality components as a complete upgrade/replacement.
Long or Short, which do I need?
The question I probably get asked most is, "I have a Les Paul, will I need long or short shaft pots?". Well Gibson are of course known for lots of transitional changes to specs from the golden era right up to modern day. I have compiled a list of Gibson models which use either Short or Long shaft pots on the individual pot listing HERE But, if you're still not sure, the simplest answer is that ALL types of Gibson or Epiphone Les Paul will fit a long shaft pot, as you can adjust the two supplied nuts to suit the height in the body. All Epiphone Les Paul's with exception of the Elitist model use short shaft pots. Also, feel free to send me a photo of the inside of the control cavity or a photo of the pot itself, hopefully I can help identify it for you.
PLEASE NOTE - THIS IS THE SHORT SHAFT VERSION KIT
- CTS 'TVT' Series +/-5% Tolerance short shaft pots - 500k, split shaft pots as standard on LP kits.
- For LH Taper kits - CTS Left Handed Audio taper 500k split shaft pots.
- USA made Paper in oil .022uF Capacitors
- For Modern wiring style kits - 22AWG wire.
- For 50s Style wiring kits - Braided 22AWG wire
- For harness kits with the additional toggle section, I use a Switchcraft 3 way short frame toggle switch. (We use this as there is more thread and more space left in switch cavity, makes life a lot easier when mounting!) No need to use an extended knurled nut.
- Pure Tone multi contact jack socket
- German made solid copper 22awg wire with modern insulation and a lacquered cotton braid finish
Home of Tone Modern style, or 50s Style wiring?
This is really down to personal preference, I've been solely offering my Home of Tone modern style for many years now with fantastic customer feedback, but I've had a few requests over the years for custom order 50s style harnesses so I thought it was time to introduce it as an option to choose from rather than a secret handshake! So, which would suit my needs best?
The general consensus is that Modern wiring maintains the overall volume better than 50s style, maintaining volume when rolling down the tone pot for example, but it does lose some of the high end 'treble' frequencies when rolling down the volume pot. Although with the addition of a treble bleed, this is rectified and modern style can be the best of both worlds (so that's an option here too!).
With 50s style, more treble frequencies are retained when lowering the volume pot, but the volume and tone controls work differently together and you can find that as you roll the tone pot down, you will notice the volume drop a little.
There really isn't a right or wrong, but hopefully the paragraph above helps in making the right choice for you.
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!
Righty or Southpaw, the choice is there to suit however your play!
Alongside the usual right handed replacement wiring harnesses, I also make these in left handed orientation. After a lot of research and customer orders over the years it seems 99.9% of Lefty players are used to using guitars with traditional RH taper pots. This is mainly because many guitar manufacturers simply fitted RH taper pots in LH taper guitars. But some LH players do of course prefer using LH taper pots, whatever your preference as a Left handed Strat player, I offer the spec to suit.
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!