G&L tech resources: Wiring harnesses

 
 

When consulting this album in the Guitars by Leo Gallery, both sketches show the use of 500kΩ potentiometers. That was not true in the beginning, This 3-bolt ASAT Deluxe, only produced for less than a year when the model was introduced in 1996, has a CTS 250kΩ Audio Taper volume pot with a 200pF treble bleed capacitor and a CTS 250kΩ Audio Taper tone pot in series with a 47,000pF (.047µF) cap to ground. And the usual 3-position pickup selector and coil split switch of course. In 2002, but likely much earlier, this situation had changed. The 4-bolt ASAT Deluxe from that year has a CTS 500kΩ Audio Taper pot with a 200pF treble bleed capacitor for the volume control combined with a CTS 500kΩ Audio Taper tone pot in series with a 47,000pF (.047µF) cap to ground. In 2011, the harness was still the same as evidenced by this ASAT Deluxe Korina prototype. But 2012 saw a transition as shown on this Korina Collection ASAT Deluxe II. It still has 500kΩ Audio Taper pots, including a push-pull tone pot, but the latter has a 22,000pF (.022µF) treble bleed cap soldered to it. The same harness was used on an ASAT Classic control plate when the ASAT Deluxe ‘TeleGib’ prototype was assembled about the same month. And this Black Ice Collection ASAT Deluxe II from 2015, the youngest in this collection, also has this wiring harness. But this ASAT Deluxe SH TV Jones prototype from mid-2012 has the “older” harness with a CTS 500kΩ Audio Taper volume pot with 200pF treble bleed cap and CTS 500kΩ Audio Taper tone pot in series with a 47,000pF (.047µF) cap to ground again. Of course, one can argue it has a very different kind of humbucker compared to the standard ASAT Deluxe. The ASAT Special ‘Cabronita’ prototype has the same TV Classic pickups as the previous guitar warranting its inclusion here, notwithstanding its model designation. Built in 2015, it has the “new” harness with both ALPHA pots being 500kΩ Audio Taper, the common 200pF treble bleed cap on the volume pot but, unlike the ASAT Deluxe SH TV Jones prototype, the tone pot has a 22,000pF (.022µF) treble bleed cap.

 

ASAT Deluxe