Solderless Pre-Wired Guitar wiring harness | 5-way Stratocaster 'Blend' kit | Right 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.
I have spent my guitar playing life around Stratocasters. I first become interested in them at the age of 5, seeing the likes of Hendrix, Clapton, SRV and Gilmour playing them on concert VHS tapes that my parents would put on whilst growing up. Although I was young, I soon noticed that all these people were playing the same type of guitar, and that really caught my eye. On my 6th birthday I asked for a guitar, and was incredibly lucky enough to have received a Squier Strat, and the Strat in general was pretty much all I played right up until my 30s. So needless to say, the Strat harness range is close to my heart and something I wanted to ensure is the best quality product I could offer to help bring out the best in your Strat too.
This is the 'blender' harness which gives Strat players a chance to capture another tone, without awkward switching or additional switches needing to be added to your pickguard. You have a master volume and master tone, but in place of the 2nd tone control you instead have a 'blend' control, which allows you to add as much or as little of either the neck or the bridge pickup depending on which position you are in. Giving you a Tele esq neck and bridge sound, but with you in control of how much. It's a simple idea, and I certainly don't claim to have come up with it, this is merely my humble recreation of this great alternative Strat wiring solution, and this in particular is the Solderless version!
Position 1 - Bridge (Can add neck pickup with blend pot)
Position 2 - Middle and Bridge Parallel (Can add neck pickup with blend pot)
Position 3 - Middle
Position 4 - Neck and Middle Parallel (Can add bridge pickup with blend pot)
Position5 - Neck (Can add bridge pickup with blend pot)
Blend control turned fully clockwise, no blend. So in this position it's acting like a conventional strat, albeit with a master tone instead of 2 tone controls.
Blend control turned fully counterclockwise, full blend. Where the fun begins!
The Solderless system makes life an awful lot easier if you're perhaps not comfortable using a soldering iron or worried about damaging components etc. So the install is more straight forward, but care is still needed to to ensure it all works as it should and stands the test of time. I have written some handy install guides for the solderless harness kits, and that can be found over on the wiring diagrams & helpful info page here on the website as well as the 'wiring' diagram you'll need to follow for which of your wires attach to the relevant solderless connections.
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 'split shaft' spline diameter of 5.95mm.
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 - 48mm
Centre of volume pot to centre of tone pot 1 - 45mm
Centre of tone pot 1 to tone pot 2 - 45mm
These measurements for my templates were taken from a USA Fender Stratocaster pickguard.
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!
- CTS 'TVT' Series +/-10% Tolerance short shaft pots - 250k, split shaft pots as standard on Strat kits.
- CTS 'No-Load' 250k pot - Split shaft as standard
- 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)
- Pure Tone multi contact jack socket
- CRL spring loaded 5 way lever switch
- Gavitt USA made cloth covered 22AWG wire
- 20AWG Tinned copper ground
- Soldered using Rapid 22SWG lead-free solder
- RS PRO solderless connectors
- For treble bleed option, I will use my Home of Tone Treble Bleed kit