ObsidianWire Compatibility:

Will ObsidianWire Pro-Wired Electronics fit my guitar?
Will ObsidianWire Pro-Wired Electronics work with my pickups?
250k or 500k Pots?
Can it be used with a shielded cavity?
What size knobs do I need?
Do I have to ground my bridge?

Custom Built ObsidianWire

Can you build it with different capacitors or pots?
Can you make a custom Upgrade for my...?
Can you make left handed ObsidianWire Upgrades?

Will ObsidianWire Pro-Wired Electronics fit my guitar

ObsidianWire Pro-Wired Electronics are a direct fit for the guitars they are built for.

However your Pro-Wired Electronics are super rigid with high grade, US spec electronics and we can not guarantee they will fit any other brand, guitar or aftermarket product. If you are un-sure about your particular guitar please contact us. We will be more than happy to help.

Will ObsidianWire Pro-Wired Electronics work with my pickups?

ObsidianWire Pro-Wired Electronics are designed to work with all standard two wire pickups and can be made to work with most three or four wire pickups with a little soldering.

The exception is the ObsidianWire T-Style Custom 4 Way Harness which needs a three wire neck pickup. This is an easy mod for a standard two wire pickup but it does require a solder joint. We provide the wire and simple instructions for this.

Should I use a kit with 250k or 500k pots?

In simple terms, if you use a lower pot value, more treble will find its way to ground, thus removing itself from your signal chain. As such 250k pots are generally used with pickups that are naturally brighter (i.e single coils), and 500k pots are generally used with pickups that are quite warm

Of course there are no hard and fast rules so you can experiment with these values to tame harsh pickups or add life to dull ones.

As a general rule you would expect to use:

  • 250k pots for single coil pickups - i.e standard Stratocaster, Telecaster and most Bass pickups
  • 500k Pots for humbuckers or P90s

If You would like any help choosing the best pot value for you please contact us. We will be happy to help.

Can my ObsidianWire Upgrade be used with a shielded cavity?

Yes. We also include enough terminals to connect your shield to ground.

What size knobs do I need?

Your ObsidianWire Upgrade Wiring Harness is built with either split or solid shaft potentiometers and will require US spec knobs.

  • Split shaft controls require  US Spec 24 spline knobs
  • Solid shaft controls require US Spec 1/4" shaft holes

If your guitar has import/metric sized knobs you will need to replace them. This includes most Squier®, Epiphone® and other import models.

Do I have to ground my bridge?

Yes. Your bridge should always be grounded to avoid any un wanted hum. If you are upgrading an existing guitar there should already be a ground wire connected to the bridge, which you can use in the ObsidianWire terminal, or if you are building a new guitar you should solder a new one directly to the bridge.

Can you build my ObsidianWire Upgrade with a different value capacitor or pots?

Yes. Please send us a message at any time or leave a note shortly after you buy the kit so we can make the change.

At This stage we can easily accomodate requests for:

  • 250k Split shaft Pots
  • 250k Solid shaft pots
  • 500k Split shaft pots
  • 500k Solid shaft pots
  • 500k Split dhaft pots (Long)
  • 0.022uf NOS PIO Capacitor
  • 0.033uf NOS PIO Capacitor
  • 0.047uf NOS PIO Capacitor
  • Various Values of Sprague Orange Drop

 

Can you make a custom ObsidianWire Upgrade for my X?

Probably not. Our ObsidianWire Wiring Harnesses have many advantages but the way that they are made means that we cannot make any custom harnesses for guitars that are not already featured in our line-up. We are however always looking for popular models to add to our list so please send us a message and we will let you know if we may be able to do it in the future.

Can you make left handed ObsidianWire Upgrades?

Unfortunately not. We would love to be able to help but at this stage we recommend you take your guitar to a trusted local guitar tech who will be able to professionally wire a harness with the correct component spacing and left hand specific pots.