ESQUIRE SOLDERLESS Vintage Prewired Kit Blackguard

Absolutely perfect for all non-soldering iron owners, and anti-hobbyists who have so far been afraid to buy such a kit!

This solderless prewired kit can be installed by anyone who has a small screwdriver. We have simply equipped the kit with an additional pre-wired screw terminal row for the pickups and ground connections. This makes it easy to connect the pickups to the screw terminals with a screwdriver and eliminates all soldering work. Due to the clear terminal row it is almost impossible to wire something wrong, and the replacement should be done relatively quickly and as easily as possible even for inexperienced hobbyists. Except for the additional terminal row, the kit is absolutely identical to the standard soldering kit.


The ESQUIRE prewired kit corresponds to the circuit with the three capacitors from 1950. This circuit was designed by Leo Fender so that the sound in pos. 1 resembles an electric bass (two .05 MFD capacitors in series), Pos. 2 is the usual tone control with a cap as with a standard Tele, and in pos. 3 the pickup is switched through directly without a tone control.



  •     ARTY's WAXED PAPER SKIN Capacitor 50's Vintage Style
  •     CTS 250K or 500k Audio Taper Solid 1/4" Shaft (6.35 mm diameter) Potentiometer
  •     Oak Grigsby or CRL 3-Way Blade Switch
  •     SWITCHCRAFT 1/4" Mono Audio Jack
  •     Treble Bleed Mod
  •     Cloth-covered Waxed Pushback 22 AWG Vintage Wire
  •     Reinforced Ground Connection between the Potentiometers, also for easier installation
  •     Stabilized insulated socket contacts
  •     Easy to understand Wiring Plan


Switch Assignment:


Position 1 - "Fake" bass position (no toner control 2x capacitors in series)

Position 2 - Volume and Tone (as with Standard Tele)

Position 3 - Volume and no toner control (clean)


This kit is available in all possible combinations. You can choose an Oak Grigsby (NEW) or CRL Switch, 250k or 500k potentiometers, and 0.022, 0.033, 0.047, 0.100 uf capacitors. To keep the variation selection clearer, we have listed only the most common combinations. For all other combinations please select a kit with your favorite switch, and specify the desired combination during the ordering process under remarks, for example "CRL 500k 0.033uF".


Important information about the potentiometers:
The pots used are solid shaft CTS pots with 6.35 mm shaft diameter. This corresponds to the original US fender pots. For basses from Asia, Mexico and Europe, mostly 6 mm diameter split shaft pots are used, e.g. also in the Strat models. This means that the buttons may have to be slightly drilled out or replaced, but are usually possible without any problems. Each kit is also optionally available with split shaft pots of the same quality upon request (please before purchase).


WE SHIP WORLDWIDE.  The shipping costs for most EU countries are € 12,- (free shipping from € 250,-). You can find more information about the EU and WORLDWIDE shipping costs under the link directly below the product costs (inkl. Mwst., zzgl. Versandkosten). If your destination country is not listed here, please contact us to calculate the shipping costs.


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94,00 €

  • auf Lager
  • 1 - 3 Tage Lieferzeit

Why a Prewired HArness from Arty's Custom Guitars?



All our prewired kits have matched pots and caps. This means that we measure all potentiometers and capacitors before installation, select them, and use them according to their values where they deliver the best possible result in combination with the pickups. This is important because original pots have tolerances of up to +-20%. In extreme cases, a 500k pot can have values of only 400k or up to 600k ohms. Not infrequently good pickups are replaced unnecessarily, because they sound muddy, weak or thin. In reality, however, the problem is often not due to bad pickups, but simply to inferior wiring, which mercilessly destroys the actually perfect sound.

We compared enormous quantities of capacitors in interaction with various pickups and thus determined the most suitable tone caps under real conditions. The capacitors are hand-selected HQ film capacitors with very low tolerance, very similar in design to the originals from the fifties. The vintage paper wax skin gives the caps an additional look. Our capacitors are so close to the originals of the 50's that nobody will hear a difference.

In all our kits only the best components from well-known manufacturers like CTS, Switchcraft, CRL or Oak Grigsby are used. All kits are carefully manufactured in small quantities and professionally handcrafted, and delivered to satisfied customers all over the world.

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