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TELE 4 WAY REVERSE ULTIMATE TONE HARNESS
Telecaster Ultimate Tone Wiring Harness
This is a harness I have been working on for some time. I wanted to find a way of holding onto the treble when rolling down the volume or tone. Yes the treble bleed does help but it also has disadvantages. Different builders use different capacitors and resistors and everyone of them change the tone of the guitar slightly. In fact, most Tele aficionados won't use a treble bleed. I wanted a better way and still keep the the original Tele Twang. This harness does just that and does not need a treble bleed.
Fender's modern wiring actually has the tone control in front of the volume in the circuit. In this wiring, the tone control comes after the volume, which makes all the difference.
What's so special about this wiring? It affects your tone in three major ways:
2 CTS Custom Taper 275k Premium pots (Standard CTS pots won't work due to the sharp drop off of the taper)
1 CRL 3 way Switch or Oak Grigsby 4 way Switch
1 Mallory 150 Mustard Tone .047uf cap (I'm using Mallory rather than Orange Drops because they have a smoother curve and a
more natural tone)
1 Switchcraft input Jack
Premium Gavitt push back wiring.
1. The overall tone gets stronger, tighter, and more transparent. It's difficult to describe, but you might say it's more “in your face."
2. The typical treble loss that occurs when rolling back the volume is much less than with standard wiring. Both the volume and tone controls become more responsive, and they react more smoothly without the usual hot spots. Another bonus: By simply rolling back your guitar volume a bit, you can clean up an overdriven amp without getting lost in the mix.
3. The tone and the volume controls interact with each other-something you might be familiar with from certain tweed-era Fender tube amps. When you change the volume, the tone changes a little bit as well, and vice-versa. This may be a little bit strange at first, but you only need a few minutes to get used to it.
A few weeks ago, I shipped one of the original ones I built, to a a small Custom Tele builder in Texas. Here are his comments:
"Wow, you are really onto something. I own 4 Telecasters myself and I would like to put this harness in all of them. This one is amazing from a player standpoint. It actually makes the tone control useable".
Customer has now purchased 5 in total.