Emerson Pro pre-wiring kits

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  1. Lefty Addams

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    Hi - thinking of various pre-wired kits for several partscasters, and wondering about people's opinions of Emerson Pro products. good reputation or otherwise?

    thanks
     
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    They use quality CTS pots built to their specs.
     
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    They make some beautiful prewired harnesses. A little pricey, and once you install it you won't see it, but I think the value is there if you don't want to or can't wire it yourself.

    I have to think that most wiring harnesses are designed to he cheap. Cheap pots, cheap caps, cheap wire. Emerson goes top quality. I like looking at their stuff when I wire my own to get ideas on how to make it look nice.
     
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    Quality product. As brought up, pricey.

    A few basic soldering skills will save you a lot of money.

    Do you have a friend good with soldering?
     
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    No i don't have any friends with soldering skills : (

    Thanks for the replies, I thought this was the case ie. pricey but good quality, so thats good.
     
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    If you can't solder, and you have the dough, sure. But IMO, if you're really into the guitar hobby, you're better off buying a basic wiring kit, and learning a new skill that will save you literally thousands of dollars in the long run. I don't even want to think about what I would have spent on my scores of guitar projects if I had paid for pre-wired kits and had techs do wiring for me, if I hadn't learned to do the work myself as a teenager.

    OTOH, if you aren't that into it, and this will probably be one of the only instruments you ever need to wire up, I guess it makes sense to get a pre-wired harness and pay a tech to install it.
     
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    .. and miss all the fun to be had modding and customising the electronics :)

    I’d not be scared of learning to solder. There are new solder free pickup connectors now too.

    The card template is what makes them look neat. Easily duplicated.
     
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    Soldering isn't difficult. And there's very little that you can do that can't be fixed. Personally, I'd spend the cash on a good iron.
     
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    The other thing to consider that I didn't mention is you'll still have to solder in whatever pickups you choose. So you'll have to pay someone to do that, or buy some stuff to do it yourself.

    A few years ago I wouldn't touch the electronics in my guitars. Then I started building and had to figure something out. Fortunately I had a friend who was pretty good with the stuff so I had him wire the first one for me. I watched him do it, and he imparted a few tips and tricks (which everyone here would be more than happy to share their wisdom if you asked since you said you don't know anyone). I thought, well that's easy, I don't know what I was so afraid of. Just look at the diagram, connect one wire at a time and there you have it.

    So I'd really recommend learning yourself. The money you'd spend on an Emerson kit, you can probably buy all the components plus a decent solder gun for the same price.
     
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    Yeah, fair enough. I may still do that. But as a novice, I will explore all avenues.
     
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    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/fender-t...e=STRK:MEBIDX:IT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649

    This is what I bought. There's no soldering at all, and he will custom make it to your specs. I had specific pot sizes, and made so I could reverse the plate but (volume, tone then 5 way switch, neck at the front)

    I can solder to a point, and I have wired guitars before. But for the price, and the options I could choose from, I can't recommend this enough.
     
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    Personally I wouldn't buy anything from someone trying to sell me PIO (paper in oil) capacitors..
     
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    No snakes were harmed... :twisted::D
     
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    If anyone here wants to learn how to solder, I highly recommend watching this video from Collin's Lab at Adafruit Industries:

     
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