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Tele® Harness
Install

Install help and guides for your ObsidianWire Tele® harness

Easy. Not Instant.

For a secure connection,take your time, andfollow directions carefully.

Will it Fit?
Layout Guide for Telecaster

Fits genuine Fender Tele

Will not fit
Squier or ‘Metric’ sized plates and knobs.


Hole Size: 9.52mm (3/8”)
Control Hole Spacing: 63mm (2.48”)
Cavity Depth: Minimum 35mm (1.38”)
Knob Size: Solid Shaft 6.35mm (1/4”) US SPEC
Switch Tip: CRL / OAK type 1.32mm x 4.78mm (.052" x .188"

Wiring Diagrams

TRUE VINTAGE & VINTAGE PLUS FOR TELE®

Insert wires to slots as below
1 = Spare ground
2 = Spare ground
3 = Spare ground
4 = Spare Ground
5 = Output Jack Black
6 = Output Jack White
7 = Neck Ground
8 = Neck Hot
9 = Bridge Ground
10 = Bridge Hot

CUSTOM 4-WAY FOR TELE®

Insert wires to slots as below
1 = Spare ground
2 = Spare ground
3 = Spare ground
4 = Neck Cover Ground (As Below)
5 = Output Jack Black
6 = Output Jack White
7 = Neck Ground
8 = Neck Hot
9 = Bridge Ground
10 = Bridge Hot

Requires 4-WAY PICKUP MOD as Below

CUSTOM 4-WAY FOR TELE®
4-Way Pickup Mod

Required for: Metal covered neck pickups used with the Custom 4-Way for Tele®

This mod is Not required for three wire neck pickups.

The mod adds a seperate ground wire for grounding the pickup cover.

Step 1) Identify and cut the link between the existing ground wire, and the pickup cover.

Step 2) Solder a new ground wire directly to the pickup cover.

CUSTOM NASHVILLE '7-WAY' FOR TELE®

Insert wires to slots as below
1 = Output Jack Black
2 = Output Jack White
3 = Neck Ground
4 = Neck Hot
5 = Middle Ground
6 = Middle Hot
7 = Bridge Ground
8 = Bridge Hot

All other ground to spare ground post

CUSTOM UNIVERSAL FOR TELE®

Insert wires to slots as below
1 = Output Jack Black
2 = Output Jack White
3 = Neck SERIES
4 = Neck SERIES
5 = Neck HOT
6 = Bridge SERIES
7 = Bridge SERIES
8 = Bridge Hot

Pickup Ground: to spare ground post
All other ground: to spare ground post
Two Wire Pickups: Leave 'SERIES' Slots empty
Braided Wire: See tips below

CUSTOM UNIVERSAL FOR TELE®
Braided Wire Tip

Vintage style braided wires can be used with the CUSTOM UNIVERSAL FOR TELE® harness.

Thread the entire wire through the ground post and lightly clamp down with the grounding screws

send the inner core wire to the 'HOT' solt on the solderless connector

INSTALLING YOUR NEW TELE® HARNESS

1) Find your diagram

Find the correct diagram for your Tele above.

Alternatively, you can download the full printable version for your Tele below

Download Install Manual
2) Identify your pickup wires

For most pickups:
Hot = White
Ground = Black

For different pickups you can check your pickup builders manual

More Pickup Info
3) Cut out your old harness

Cut the pickup, output and ground wires from your old harness, and remove it from your bass.

Cut as close to the old harness as possible to maintain the length of your wires.

4) Prepare your wires

Strip pickup and ground wire insulation leaving 6mm (1/4”) of bare wire.

Be Precise

Twist loose strands of wire between your fingers to create a firm tip.

5) Press & hold connector button

Use a fine screw driver to press and hold the connector button above the wire slot.

For a full guide on using the solder-less connectors, check below

Connector Guide
6) Insert wire & release button

Insert the wire to the correct slot at a 45° angle.

Release the button and the wire should hold firmly.

Test the wire by giving it a gentle pull before moving on to the next wire.

Install Demo

VINTAGE PLUS FOR TELE®

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