View Full Version : 1961 wiring into '93 Les Paul?
07-08-2011, 11:41 AM
I have this wiring in my 1961 Melody Maker. This guitar is not in the greatest shape and I am tempted to just take this wiring; smaller tapered knobs, vintage pots & caps, vintage-style wiring - and put the parts & wiring in my '93 Les Paul standard.
I am not a guitar tech, I just think the '93 would look cool and maybe sound better with these parts.
07-08-2011, 01:29 PM
the les paul needs long-shaft pots.
you should get new volumes for your paul though; it has 300k linears, and 500k audios (like on that '61) would indeed open it up sound-wise.
your tones are already 500k, you don't need to change them.
07-08-2011, 02:08 PM
Actually, I saw that but I am glad you confirmed it. I agree about the pots. What about the caps. I don't think you need $50 bumblebee, but isn't there a modern rquivalent?
Also - what about the vintage wiring (caps connected to center tap of pot) - any better?
07-08-2011, 02:12 PM
those vintage caps don't look "vintage wired" to me.
try it of course, but i hate it. it makes the volume drop off really fast when the tone's down, and turns the tone into another volume when the volume's down.
it might be neat to steal those caps for the paul, but the difference is gonna be subtle at best, and then only when the tone knob is way down.
07-08-2011, 02:23 PM
Once again, you are right (I thought I saw that they were but I was mistaken).
If that is the only difference it will make it is not worth it to me. I truth I don't use my tone pots that much anyway.
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