This is something that's made me think for quite some time. I love seeing pictures of vintage strats (who doesn't?). I'm curious to have a long look under the pickguard to see how it's wired, how neat it is, etc. I have a CIJ 62-style Stratocaster that's my pride and joy (when speaking of strats). But it has always had a quite messy wiring going on under the pickguard. It has always bugged me, because I want to see a neat, clean, organized thing, and those plastic blue wires look kind of cheap. Recently I bought some parts for my tele, and the kit included some nice cloth wires. Since my strat has always had some grounding issues (it hums much more when I'm not touching the strings), I've recently decided to go through the pain of giving it a better, more neat, cleaner wiring. I went looking for pictures and found this (actually I've known this page for some time): As you can see, there are no wires going from pot to pot on top of them. I've seen many vintage strats wired like this, with no wires on top of each pot. This is how my pickguard looks like at the moment: The question is: can I just remove the wires that go on top of the pots? What are some consequences it might have if I just use the ground wire from the trem claw?