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LP pots

ssmorga78

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Ok, I am going to replace the pots in my LP type clone. I am going to order them offline and want to know whether this stinking thing takes short shaft or long shaft pots without having to take the pots out to measure. Now, I know that sounds lazy, but I don't want to desolder and resolder the pots anymore. I have replaced the pups and caps already and will need to still use the guitar till the pots come in. What is the big difference between the short and long? Is it minuscule? Can I just order the long shafts to be on the safe side and still use them if its suppose to be short? The body cavity is really deep, but I don't want to get stuck with the long shafts being too tall. Can anyone shed some light on the height difference between the shafts on the short/long?
 

JaySwear

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Flat top- short. Carved top- long. The difference in size etween the two isn't a TON, maybe a quarter or half inch, but it makes a big difference
 

RSRD

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The threads on the short shaft pots are 3/8" long
The threads on long shaft pots are 3/4" long

All Gibson Historic's use the short shaft pots
All Gibson LP's prior to 1977 use short shaft
All LP's after 1977 use the long shaft pots

hope that helps.
 

ssmorga78

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I have looked at the tips on the pots and they all appear to be rounded on the edges, so I am not sure if I am sold on the flat=short, curved=long theory. I found the measurements and the shorts are 3/8ths and the long are 3/4ths. So it is roughly double in length.

It's is not a Gibson/Epiphone LP. It's an off brand clone, but I am thinking I will just go with the long shaft pots. I have tried to email the builder and got no response from them, but I may give it a shot again. Of course, I could always just take a tone pot out and measure I guess. Only 2 things to desolder there.
 

Findthetone

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Your safest bet would be to go with long shaft as you can adjust the height with a second nut/washer inside the control cavity. If a short shaft is too short you can't do anything about needing the extra threads.
 






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