Esquire “Mike Eldred” Mod Wiring Harness – for a 1 Pickup Guitar


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Hoagland Custom has specialized in custom guitar wiring and pickup making for over 20 years and we love what we do!

This Esquire “Mike Eldred” mod wiring solution is made with premium quality parts… CTS, CRL, Switchcraft, Sprague.

This is a rock solid wiring solution for your Esquire. Get rid of the electronics in your guitar that aren’t helping your tone and load your Tele up with a “Made In The USA” (everything but the capacitor) wiring harness that is built like a tank! Very easy to install.
The Eldred wiring is named after Mike Eldred, who directs the Fender Custom Shop. Mike came up with this wiring for his personal Esquire and it was an instant success. 

  (included are the dress washers/nuts and switch mounting screws)
  • chrome (available at a slight additional cost)
  • black (available at a slight additional cost)
  • gold  (available at a slight additional cost)
  • nickel (available at a slight additional cost)


  • Sprague “Orange Drop” poly capacitor & ceramic disc cap, as standard & no additional cost
  • MojoTone Dijon Premium Foil/Film capacitor & ceramic disc cap, $2 upgrade (From the manufacturer: “Mojotone Dijon capacitors are high quality foil/film capacitors made to our exact specification. We like to call them musical capacitors because of their good tone and transparency.”)
  • Talihan “Black Bee” paper-in-oil capacitor & ceramic disc cap, $8 upgrade
  • Vitamin Q “Black Candy” paper-in-oil capacitor & ceramic disc cap, $11 upgrade
  • Auricap XO Hi-Res Sonically Transparent paper-in-oil capacitor & ceramic disc cap, $20 upgrade


Position #1 –  This rear position is the same as on a standard Esquire. The pickup is routed through the volume control only, with the tone control bypassed for a hotter, louder lead sound with extra highs.

Position #2 –  This middle position is also the same as on a standard Esquire, with the pickup routed through the volume and tone controls. It sounds a little warmer than position #1. 

Position #3 –  In the front position of the Eldred Esquire wiring, the pickup is routed through a single, small capacitor and volume control, with the tone control bypassed once again. You might think this is a very small and lame modification because it consists of nothing more than removing the fixed treble roll-off network and replacing it with a capacitor. But it’s a very effective mod that’s both versatile and useful.


  • 1 CTS brand volume control, 250k value, audio taper
  • 1 CTS brand tone control, 250k value, linear taper
  • Sprague “Orange Drop” poly capacitor, .047mfd value
  • Ceramic disc apacitor, .0047mfd value
  • CRL 3-way lever style switch
  • Switchcraft mono input jack
  • vintage style, cloth covered wire
  • east to follow wiring diagram
  • tech support phone & email

While all of our wiring solutions are built to be installed rather easily, we always recommend that you have a guitar professional at your local guitar shop install it for you.

Contact Hoagland Custom with any questions regarding this wiring solution, our custom, handcrafted Hoagland Custom pickups, or any other guitar wiring solution that you might need.

Additional information

Weight .8 lbs
Dimensions 9 x 6 x 3 in

None +$0, Chrome control plate/hardware +$15, Gold control plate/hardware +$28, Black control plate/hardware +$24, Nickel control plate/hardware +$15


Sprague "Orange Drop" poly cap +$0, MojoTone Dijon Coupling premium poly cap +$2, Talihan "Black Bee" paper-in-oil cap +$8, Vitamin Q "Black Candy" paper-in-oil cap +$11, Auricap XO Hi-Res paper-in-oil cap +$20


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