“Bill Lawrence” Tele Wiring Harness w/5-Way Switching – 2 Extra Tones! – “Orange Drop” Caps


You bring the talent. We’ll supply the kick ass wiring…   


Hoagland Custom, located in sunny Fernandina Beach, Florida, has specialized in custom guitar wiring and pickup making for over 25 years…

& we love what we do!

Hoagland Custom’s “Bill Lawrence” mod designed by Bill Lawrence and built to coax the best possible tone out of your existing pickups and it gives you some GREAT options!

 Whenever possible, we use all USA-made parts.  Handcrafted one at a time and not built until you place your order.
Easy installation.
Here’s a great article in “Premiere Guitar Magazine”  – Click here for the Bill Lawrence article
Bill Lawrence (his real name was Willi Lorenz Stich) was born in Germany in 1931 and became one of the country’s best guitarists of the post-WWII era. He was a busy session musician and jazz player who performed under the name Billy Lorento. Later on, he started a second career in the guitar industry under the name Bill Lawrence. He conceived many ground-breaking pickups designs as well as other musical instrument innovations. Sadly, he died in November 2013 at 82 years of age but his music and genius live on.
Basically, this wiring follows the standard Tele wiring schematic but substitutes a 5-way Strat style switch in place of the Tele traditional 3-way switch, unlocking 2 new tones for the Tele!

HARDWARE:   (included as standard are dress nuts & washers and switch mounting screws)

  • silver nuts, washers, switch screws, & output jack
  • OPTIONAL: black or gold nuts, washers, switch screws, & output jack
  • OPTIONAL: “Pure Tone” premium mono output jack


  • 2 Sprague “Orange Drop” capacitors, 1 – .022mfd value & 1 – .015mfd value


  • P1 – neck only (with 10% less bottom end – less muddy sounding)
  • P2 – neck & bridge, in-parallel (both pickups but half out-of-phase with each other)
  • P3 – bridge only (this front position is the standard Tele bridge tone)
  • P4 – neck & bridge, in-parallel (normal Tele tone with both pickups)
  • P5 – neck only (this position is the same as on a standard Telecaster)


  • CTS or Bourns Pro Series volume control, 250k value, audio taper
  • CTS or Bourns Pro Series tone control, 250k value, linear taper
  • 2 Sprague “Orange Drop” capacitors, 1 – .022mfd value & 1 – .015mfd value
  • 5-way lever style switch
  • Switchcraft mono output jack
  • Gavitt vintage style, cloth covered wire
  • easy to follow wiring diagram
  • tech support phone & email

While we make all of our wiring harnesses to be installed rather easily, we always recommend that you take your guitar, Hoagland Custom wiring harness, and the wiring diagram to your local guitar technician for installation. There are a lot of variables (grounding, pickup wires colors, etc., etc.) and they will be equipped to get your guitar sounding it’s BEST!

Additional information

Weight .5 lbs
Dimensions 8 × 6 × 2 in

silver nuts, washers, switch screws, & output jack +$0, Black nuts, washers, switch screws, & output jack +$15, Gold nuts, washers, switch screws, & output jack +$18

Output Jack

Switchcraft output jack +$0, "Pure Tone" premium output jack +$6

Player Orientation

Right-handed +$0, Left-handed +$10

Wiring Orientation

Standard Wiring +$0, Reverse Wired +$10

Treble Bleed Mod

No, thanks… +$0, Yes, please! +$5