Custom HSS for Strat®

US$99.00
Warranty:
At ObsidianWire we use only the absolute best components and craftsmanship. We are so confident that you will experience years of trouble free use, that we guarantee it with an industry leading, three year warranty. If you feel that your Pro-Wired Electronics are not working like they should, please contact us and we will fix or replace them as soon as possible.
SKU:
ST Custom HSS
Current stock: 0
Description

Description

Super Easy Install

 

All ObsidianWire Pro-Wired Electronics are super easy to install, and allow for solder-less pickup changes with ObsidianWire Plug, Play & Enjoy connectors.

 

HSS Strat® Wiring With Additional Fun

 

Built with a couple of cool features designed to take your experience more than a few notches up on the fun scale.

The ObsidianWire Custom HSS for Fender® Stratocaster® is a drop in upgrade over your existing HSS / Fat Strat® wiring harness.

When building a Strat with a humbucker in the bridge position, and two single coils for the middle and neck positions respectively, there is always ta toss up between choosing 500k controls which will retain the life of a humbucker, or 250k controls which will tame the harsh highs that are inherent in single coils.

We say 'why choose? '. The ObsidianWire Custom HSS has some clever wiring, which harnesses the power of a 5 way superswitch, and a couple of extra resistors to add new life to your humbucker, as it sees the 500k controls that it deserves. Move through the switch positions it and automatically switches back to 250k for the middle and neck pickups so you still get the full and clear rhythm and spank that Stratocasters® are famous for.

Furthermore, when you move your switch into the second position the humbucker coils split with one of them pairing up with the middle pickup for a traditional second position Strat tone. To take advantage of this feature you will need a four conductor bridge pickup which is standard issue for many modern and even vintage re-production releases.

To make your tone crystal clear at lower volumes we also include an ObsidianWire Custom Spec Treble Bleed Mod. This prevents tone 'muddiness' at low volumes by allowing high frequencies to pass along a separate path to your amp, rather than being stopped short by the increasing resistance at the volume control.

 

The Custom HSS Controls:

 

1: Bridge Humbucker in Full Mode (With 500k controls and dedicated second tone control)

2: Bridge Humbucker in Split mode + Middle Pickup (With 250k Controls and first tone control)

3: Middle Pickup (With 250k Controls and first tone control)

4: Middle Pickup + Neck Pickup (With 250k Controls and first tone control)

5: Neck Pickup (With 250k Controls and first tone control)

 

Crystal Clear Tone

 

To make your tone crystal clear at lower volumes we also include an ObsidianWire Custom Spec Treble Bleed Mod. This prevents tone 'muddiness' at low volumes by allowing high frequencies to pass along a separate path to your amp, rather than being stopped short by the increasing resistance at the volume control.

 

World’s Best Craftsmanship and Components

 

ObsidianWire Custom Select Pots (Crafted by CTS) (+/-10%) (Matched to +/-2%) SPLIT SHAFT

ObsidianWire / Schaller Propriety HSS Switch (Requires Metric Tip)

Genuine Switchcraft Output Jack

ObsidianWire Custom Select 150 Series Polyester Film Capacitors (Hand Tested to +/-10%)

ObsidianWire Premium Selected Volume Mod / Treble Bleed - Improved Volume Taper & Clarity

Easy to Follow Install Manual

Endless Customer Support

 

Installation Info

 

Compatibility

 

American and Mexican series Fender® Strat® - Direct Fit // Right Hand Guitar Only

Japanese Fender & Squiers® - You will need to widen the control holes out to 10mm and get new US Spec, 24 spline knobs to fit the higher grade electronics. // Right Hand Guitar Only

Other Models - We cannot guarantee that these will fit any other guitar.

Left Hand Guitars - Does NOT Fit

 

 

Product Support Pages

Install Manual (Downloads Pdf File)

Trouble Shooting

FAQs

 

Reviews

Reviews (22)

Murray Pope 24th Dec 2019

HSS harness for Strat

What's not to like? At my age, bending over my guitar work bench soldering pots, caps and switches has become a royal pain in the back. Literally. Unless you have small hands, a really small soldering iron, enjoy burning yourself and then taking ten minutes to stand up straight, then by all means you do not need this product. Simple, neat, and just a great product for guitarists. Take your time and read the install PDF completely. I have a tendency to rush and plead guilty to not doing this. But Matthew was a great help. I have ordered my second harness and await it's arrival. My one regret is that Obsidian does not yet make these for some of my vintage Japanese super strats. Yamaha Pacifica 904s in case your listening Matthew. :}

Jonathan Kenney 5th Dec 2019

Love it! Seymour Duncan wiring is different though

I love my Custom HSS kit. It cleared up and simplified changing pickups. The only issue I had was that when I purchased the Seymour Duncan noiseless single coils the installation was more confusing than the typical plug and play of normal, 2wire, single coil pickups. I will give props to the customer service team at ObsidianWire. They were quick to respond and try to help me. It took some extra research, and waiting on Seymour Duncan tech support, but once they responded I was able to get it all running perfectly. Seymour Duncan sent me their schematic (for 2 single stacks, 1 humbucker, 1 vol and 2 tones) that they thought would work. I ran it the way they suggested and got the full function from both this ObsidianWire kit plus the Duncan noiseless pickups and humbucker. If I only relied on the SD diagrams and what the internet had to say I would still be soundless and frustrated. Here's the info that led to success. The diagram SD sent me for the 2 single stacks and 1 humbucker. Wires are as follows for the Single Stacks (1 red, 1 white, 1 black and 1 bare). 1.) Run the black (previously thought to be hot) and bare wires for both Single Stacks to ground. 2.) Run the white wires (previously thought to be N Finish) to the corresponding switch position. 3.) Tape off the red wires for both Single Stacks. The humbucker in the bridge position wired up as suggested in the ObsidianWire HSS kit diagram. The only exception is: There is a bare wire as well in the Duncan SH-4 JB. White: N Finish (Series Link) Red: S Finish (Series Link) Black: Hot Green and Bare: Ground I hope that this helps someone if they have the same issue. Like I said before, I love my new kit from ObsidianWire! I will wind up purchasing most (if not all) the kits required for my guitars from them.

Additional Info

Additional Info

Warranty:
At ObsidianWire we use only the absolute best components and craftsmanship. We are so confident that you will experience years of trouble free use, that we guarantee it with an industry leading, three year warranty. If you feel that your Pro-Wired Electronics are not working like they should, please contact us and we will fix or replace them as soon as possible.
SKU:
ST Custom HSS

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