Monty’s 50s wiring loom is made from the finest components and will give you crystal clear tones from your Humbucker or P90 equipped semi-hollow guitar.
Please note that these wiring harnesses are different from our Les Paul and SG wiring harnesses (available here) and that they are not easily interchangeable.
The key difference between a modern wiring loom and a 50s wiring loom lies in the relationship between the volume and tone pots. In simple terms, whereas a modern wiring loom connects the tone pots to the input of the volume pot, a 50s wiring loom connects them to the output of the volume pot.
While this might not seem like a huge change, the tonal impact is massive. 50s wiring allows you to retain clarity as you roll down the volume pot, much like a treble bleed circuit (but without its inherent disadvantages). It also changes the response of the tone knobs, creating a slight interaction with the volume pot as you turn the tone pot down. The net effect is transformative; whereas modern wiring can make pickups sound muddy as soon as you start to turn anything down, a 50s loom allows the sound to beautifully clean up in response to the volume and tone knobs.
Our looms are made with only the best components: short-shaft 500k CTS audio taper pots, a Switchcraft 3-way toggle, vintage-correct wire and two of our very special Russian NOS Paper in oil capacitors. Available with either a 0.015uf or 0.022uf cap in for the neck position.
Instructions for installation are included with all our harnesses, but please be aware that it will involve the tiniest amount of soldering. If you aren’t comfortable doing this yourself, please bring your guitar to Monty’s or any other qualified tech; we will be happy to help you install it.
Please note that the loom dimensions are measured from a Gibson 335. Whilst it should fit most import 335 style guitars, we can't guarantee that this will always be the case. Import guitars may also require some minor modification to accommodate imperial thread pots. If you have any questions, please do drop us an email.