Wiring loom - For Stratocaster®
Another modification plate, built around the brand new Oak Grigsby 6 way switch. Works exactly the same as the 5 way version we all know and love, but with one extra position, allowing for neck and bridge pickups to be on together, in parallel, to give a pseudo Telecaster® tone.
Wired up, to order, here at Axes Towers in Hull, East Yorkshire, using CTS pots (250k, vintage audio taper) a Cornell Dubillier orange drop capacitor (0.022 @ 100v), an Oak Grigsby 6 way switch, all using 22 AWG vinitage cloth cover wired for the cleanest signal path possible.
And to top it off, its supplied with a top of the range Switchcraft Mono socket (short thread)
All in all, couldn't be easier to install - simply a case of connecting your pickups to the switch, connecting the jack socket, and connecting the spare ground wire to the trem claw to ground out the strings.
Please note, these are not official Fender® parts.
Fender®, Squier®, Stratocaster® and Strat® are registered trademarks of Fender Musical Instruments Corporation and Axesrus® has no affiliation with FMIC
Please note – these assemblies are made to order, and as such, come under the rules and regulations pertaining to custom work in regards of returns.
Worth noting that this loom will not fit a standard pickguard without modification - the switch requires a 31mm slot to complete its travel (most strats are 26mm) - we do carry suitable pickguard here though, if you need one.
Up Close and Personal
Worth having a look at the looms in a little more detail - just to see some of the nice points on there, and why we do it the way we do it.
Heres the volume pot - CTS 450 Series, brass shaft, brass threaded collar, and a 24 spline split post, ideal for our UFO knobs. Notice the heat shrink on the input and output terminals? Strictly speaking, its not essential, but it does offer extra protection to the solder joints, against shorting and with a little mechanical strength.
Slightly different from a standard tone setup on a Stratocaster®, the 6 way switch actually works in a different way on the tone side, so you have bridge and neck tone control, rather then middle and neck.
We've been using the Oak Grigsby 6 way switch here - giving you the usual 5 positions, but also an extra one, a pseudo Tele® tone, where bridge and neck are in parallel!