Esquire’s Famous “Mike Eldred” Mod Wiring Harness – w/4-Way Switching – for a 1 SC Pickup Telecaster


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 almost 30 years…

& we love what we do!

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

This is for a 1 single coil Tele and it features 4-way switching rather than the standard “Eldred Mod” 3-way & gives you an added function!

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. 


  • optional chrome control plate & mounting screws
  • optional chrome control plate w/slanted switch & mounting screws
  • optional black control plate & mounting screws
  • optional gold control plate & mounting screws
  • optional nickel control plate & mounting screws
  • Standard hardware includes dress nuts & washers and switch mounting screws
  • optional “Pure Tone” premium quality output jack

CAPACITORS:  We believe in lots of choices!

  • Sprague “Orange Drop” poly capacitor (.047mfd value) & 1 .0047mfd value audio film cap – standard
  • optional Mojo “Dijon” Coupling Cap, a poly capacitor (.047mfd value)
  • optional Mallory “Mustard” vintage style poly capacitor (.047mfd value)
  • optional Centralab “Royal Blue” mylar-in-oil capacitor (.047mfd value)
  • optional Vitamin T “Silver Barrel” paper-in-oil capacitor (.047mfd value)
  • optional Vitamin Q “Black Candy” paper-in-oil capacitor (.047mfd value)
  • optional Auricap Sonically Transparent Tone capacitor (.047mfd value)


Position #1 –  Your pickup straight through to the output jack with no load from the pots

Position #2 –  Volume control with no tone control – no load from the tone pot

Position #3 –  Standard volume & tone control

Position #4 –  Volume control with the added “Eldred Mod” cap


  • CTS or Bourns Pro Series volume control, 250k value, audio taper
  • CTS or Bourns Pro Series tone control, 250k value, linear taper
  • Sprague “Orange Drop” poly capacitor, .047mfd value
  • Audio film capacitor, .0047mfd value
  • High quality 4-way lever style switch
  • Switchcraft mono output jack
  • Gavitt 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 .5 lbs
Dimensions 8 × 6 × 2 in

None +$0, Chrome control plate +$18, Gold control plate +$28, Black control plate +$24, Nickel control plate +$18, Chrome control plate w/slanted switch +$29


Sprague "Orange Drop" poly cap +$0, MojoTone Dijon Coupling premium poly cap +$3, Mallory "Mustard" cap +$4, Centralab "Royal Blue" mylar-in-oil cap +$13, Vitamin T "Silver Barrel" paper-in-oil cap +$14, Vitamin Q "Black Candy" paper-in-oil cap +$16, Auricap Hi-Res Sonically Transparent cap +$30

Output Jack

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