The plate is fine but I had to re-rout the cavity as the pots were 5mm closer to the ends and were hard up against the neck end of the rout. Then that exposed the other end so I had to build up the other end of the other cavity so I could screw the plate in place.
It seems many of the Chinese made kits do not match Fender specs. Both kits I put together had non-matching routing which requires modifications.
Custom 4-Way for Tele®
I bought a used 1985 Geedy Lee CIJ jazz bass, both volume control pot had a flat spots and 1/4 input was slopy. Decided to replace the hole control panel. A friend told me to check out Obsidian Wire. First impression was how the mother board cleaned the harness from outer wiring from pot to pot. After extending ground wirer from bridge installation was easy! Control plate & knobs correct, excellent volume & tone control, sound is awesome.
Amazingly easy to install. Works great. Will be upgrading all of my guitars to these harnesses.
I started my first Telecaster build with an Obsidian Wire 4 way switch, and it sounded beefy and mean. Perfect for alternative rock or "surf rock" songs like Six-Wave-Hold-Down, but I wanted even more tonal capabilities, so I popped a middle pickup in, and switched to a 7 way Obsidian Wire switch. Now, it sounds phenomenal. Cleans are beautiful, dirty sounds incredible and articulate. It makes my squier affinity Tele sound absolutely incredible. I've got Fender Ultra Noiseless Vintage Tele pickups, and an Ultra Noiseless Hot middle strat pickup, and it gives me the incredible quacky, clean, smooth, and gritty tones I strive for. I'll use Obsidian Wire switches for any guitar I build in the future. Build quality is immaculate and the simplicity for install is beyond measure.
The time it took to drop in Obsidians harness was a fraction of the time it took to remove existing harness and prep for the drop in...😃
I haven't had the chance to install this on a Stratocaster I'm assembling from all separate parts but I can tell just from looking at the harness and packagaing itself, this will be the same quality in operation as it is in appearance.
I have Obsidian harnesses on all 4 of my guitars.
I have bought the best components and done my own in the past and ended up spending more and having a less flexible final product.
Not having to solder pickups in is HUGE!
I love the product, the only negative point is the fact that the controle plate is not compatible (hole size and distance of potentiometer are not the same). I use a drill bit and a rond file to make it work. But as I previously said, I love it, specialy the 4th position
This was the first of 2 control kits I've bought (second was the HSH Strat) and I'm already planning for 2 more. The quality of these products is excellent. I know how to solder and with the effort, could figure out the wiring, but why when you can get something this easy. Well worth the money in my opinion. I had a few rookie questions on both units I installed them and received helpful responses very quickly. Feel good knowing the support is as good as the product. Also great is that I received both orders within a few days.
As they say 'easy not instant' instalation on my early 2000s Mex Nashville Tele. Clarity has improved enormously with sweet singing tone even when volume rolled down. Really appreciate the the neck and bridge position which I missed previously. Communication and delivery excellent. Well worth it.
Seemless install and best upgrade I’ve ever made to my Strat!
I had to rout the harness channel out as it was 5mm shorter than the new harness but after that, installation was a Doodle. 4 thumbs up guys and I'm spreading the word. If you ever get stickers send me some and I'll stick them on my car. 👍👍👍
I recently purchased a control plate for my Squier Jazz Bass, and I love it! It’s noticeably heavier than the stock control plate, and little bit thicker, but it’s a perfect fit. I also purchased the Wire harness and the vintage knobs for the Jazz Bass. I was not disappointed. The fit and finish of all part is fabulous! All the parts fit together perfectly, and installation is super simple. Everything required for installation is in the box. Even includes all the washers and nuts to mount the wire harness to the control plate.
After installation I had a cleaner sound, the tone and volume controls were smooth and quiet. And if I want to swap out pickups, I simply unplug the old ones and plug in the new ones. It really is that simple…and no soldering. If you’re going to ever swap out pickups, this is a must have! Well worth the money and I would definitely buy again to install on my next guitar
I watched the Obsidian wiring videos and it was very easy to re-wire my Les Paul. Harness fit perfect. The tone and the 50’s wiring is working great. I actually prefer the 50 wiring over the 60’s but to each is own, it’s just nice to have the option. Now I am looking to replace my Fender Strat wiring and pick ups!
First set sent out did not fit emailed company and a 2nd set were dispatched immediately these arrived within a week and fit perfectly 10/10 for customer service will be dealing with company again.
My Sire L7 has come alive. It was a good guitar with the stock harness and Sire pickups. But after installing the Obsidian harness and the new Seymour Duncan '59 Humbucker pickups it has completely changed. Clearer tone, more articulate, tighter bottom end and great mids.
I already have a 4 way Tele harness in my Pink Paisley Tele. I'd highly recommend Obsidian.
Brilliant product. Easy to fit. Perfect!!
I bought the black speed knobs. They work great with the wiring harness. No problems.
Pleased with the end result
HAS TRANSFORMED THE SOUND OF MY LES PAUL, FROM CLEAN TO DISORTED IT SOUNDS FANTASTIC COULD NOT BE HAPPIER. WILL BE BYING A LOOM FOR MY TELECASTER IN THE NEAR FUTURE.
After contacting Mathew to sort out why it wasn't working, turns out it was because of the insulation paint was shorting it out.
Thanks to Mathew's help it was all sorted and it sounds great with the new Seymour Duncan '59 humbuckers.
I've had a 4 way Obsidian Telecaster switch in my Paisley Tele for about 5yrs.
I'd highly recommend Obsidian wiring harnesses and switches.
I got the universal telecaster unit. The terminal only had 8 spaces…yet in the instructions it mentions a 9th. Pretty confusing. I put 2 P90s in…and once I got the hang of it..the hook up was very easy. However…the openings were so small I had to cut the soldered ends of the pups wires because they were too thick. Overall…I am pleased with the install AND NOT having to deal with the mess of soldering!
Contacted Obsidian for a solution for an old Japanese stratocaster and received a lightening fast reply. Ordered the product and it arrived quickly, is great quality, and was a breeze to install. Made an old guitar I already had into a weapon for not a lot of money.
I'm not usually one for leaving reviews but in this case 10/10.