Custom 22 and 500T pickup

Discussion in 'Luthier's Guitar & Bass Technical Discussion' started by Draggin, Jul 27, 2006.

  1. Draggin

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    Hello all,

    Any tips on changing out my Dragon bridge pickup before I make any mistakes? I'm not too sure about the wiring... so if anybody has done this before, I would really appreciate your help. And how does it sound?
    Thanks for any help.
     
  2. BBQLS1

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    Gibson 500T? Don't expect there the be three wires like PRS pups have. One wire, and the sheild are all you have.
     
  3. Draggin

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    So are you saying I shouldn't do it??
     
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    Not at all. If you have and want to keep the 5 way rotary, then you will have to disect the pup and add leads to keep 4 conductor wiring. If you have the three way and don't have/want to coil tap, then you should have no issues.

    I actually liked the pup in a LP classic I had.
     
  5. jay66

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    I have a 500T and it has 4 wires with the ground. some of the older ones might be 1 wire and a shield though.
     
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    I recently bought a mid-70's Ibanez "lawsuit" Les Paul Custom copy. Just last week I had a 500T installed in the bridge. I didn't do the work myself so I can't comment on the wiring, but I can comment on the tone. I only use the bridge pickup for high gain leads, and for that it's fantastic. It's very fat and creamy and sustains for days. I'm always looking for a good classic Santana tone, and this pickup nails it, especially through my Mesa Boogie amp. I think it would be especially suited to classic rock and hard rock. It sounds better than I expected - I'm very impressed.
     

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