Pre-Wired Guitar wiring harness | 3-way Telecaster kit | Left 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.
The Telecaster is an iconic instrument, that defined a brand, inspired so many musicians and set the bar for the electric guitar moving forward. I want my Signature Series wiring harness for this legendary guitar to earn the right to be a small part of that through a choice of quality components and respect for it's design. The schematic is a simple recipe, and the parts aim to bring out the best in your telecaster's tone, and aim to do so for many years to come.
I have been offering left handed harnesses for a while, and also have been speaking with left handed players to find out what they prefer, or what they wished was available. So I have decided to offer the LH Tele harness with either left handed or right handed audio taper pots depending on your preferences. Through my research I found that the majority of guitar factories that produced LH guitars simply installed regular RH taper pots. Meaning many LH players were used to using RH taper. But for some it never felt intuitive to use and wished they could use LH taper pots instead. So I hope offering both versions helps you!
I have intended for my wiring harnesses to be as simple as possible to install to your Telecaster, 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!
- RH taper option - CTS 'TVT' Series +/-10% Tolerance pots - 250k, solid shaft pots as standard on Tele kits.
- LH taper option - CTS 250k audio LH Taper pots SPLIT SHAFT (Please note that if you require solid shaft pots, CTS don't make a LH taper solid shaft pot unfortunately. So you'll need brass sleeves to convert to solid shaft if your control knobs fix by grub screw rather than push fit.)
- 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)
- 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