Les Paul: That metal plate inside the control cavity

Discussion in 'Luthier's Guitar & Bass Technical Discussion' started by jtwang, Jun 10, 2008.

  1. jtwang

    jtwang Member

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    The mounting plate inside the control cavity of my Gibson LP is a mess. Some previous owner did a toggle switch mod and basically cut out 1/3 of the plate (he cut a piece out of the inside of the maple top too). It's not a pretty sight.

    I've googled for replacement mounting plates but haven't found any. If any of you where to get these, it'd be much appreciated.
     
  2. EADGBE

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    Would copper foil tape help?
     
  3. jtwang

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    You mean mounting the pots directly to the top of the guitar? Good idea, I never thought of that. I guess it'd make things look a little tidier.
     
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    Put that plastic cover thing back on. Quit looking in there! :)

    Use some washers between the pots and the underside of the top so they don't stick out too far.
     
  5. jtwang

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    That's a pretty good suggestion. :) I'll mount the pots directly to the top - the pot covers most of the damaged wood in the top anyway. Thanks guys.
     
  6. Mike9

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    That plate also serves as a ground plate - you'll have to solder a ground wire from pot to pot and ground the bridge and switch to a pot as well.
     
  7. rcl

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    That plate just adds more to the weight. A simple ground wire is much lighter, and the way they did it back in the day. None of my LPs have it.
     

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