Having worked last year with the Seymour Duncan "solderless Liberator" pot, i was skepitcal about the new Elek-Trix solderless full circuit systems from Santellan Sounds. The Liberator pots absolutely require soldering, the pots are small sized, the pot shafts are long and to allow for good looking flush knobs on a Tele control plate means dropping the Liberator pots down into the control cavity which severely restricts placing the wires - Iin fact, I just couldn't get any of these Liberator pots to fit properly. Fast forward to a week or so ago when Larry @ Santellan asked to send me a Tele Elek-Trix "kit" to test drive and I half-heartedly accepted, expecting yet another Liberator make-over. I was way wrong ... The Tele Elek-Trix is a very well thought out, totally solderless guitar circuit wiring system. Each full size Bourns pot is specific to volume or tone control and - this is the super neat part - each pot comes with all the pot selectable feature options you'd care to want or need. Like, wow. The volume pot allows for both 250k and 500k dcr values, treble bleed cap, modern or vintage wiring, single or dual coil mixed usage, straight out tone pot bypass. The tone pot allows for both 250k and 500k resistance, and NINE cap values that range from .010uf to .059uf. Whoa! Neat or what?! I populated a Tele control plate with the Elek-Trix pots and switch, put their pre-soldered Switchcraft jack into an Electrosocket and installed it into a Tele body. Now comes the easy part, the wiring, which is just a matter of putting the jack, pickup and bridge ground to their respective spring-grab mini terminals. Then I referenced the switch settings charts and selected the kind of circuit and caps I initially wanted (yes - via the dip switches and wiring scheme, you can change any of those values at any time!). Done. Setting the loaded control plate into the Tele body control cavity required relieving some of the cavity side wall wood. As you can see in one of the pix below, the switch's connector increases its width and might mean some control cavity tweaking is in order. The body I used was a GFS paulownia Tele body, and those control cavities are always on the small width size. This was not a big issue and easily accomplished. Plugged into a Little Dawg Prince 5F2A tube amp, the controls worked fine and my Lion and Tiger pups sounded blissfully superb. While I'll continue to solder up my guitar and bass circuits, the Elek-Trix system is a total no-brainer must-have for anyone wanting to roll their own guitar without having to light up a soldering iron. Way cool.