Replacing a neck pickup in a Gibson ES Les Paul

tubetone74

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Does anyone know if this is possible without having to remove the whole wiring harness? If wired 50's style I think the ground and hot connections both are on the neck volume pot. I was thinking maybe the back of that pot could be worked up through the "f" hole if there was enough slack in the harness.
 
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AdmiralB

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I'm going to bet that it's not, having done my share of 335s and similar.

But you have some options. You can simply cut and splice. Or, you can cut, and put a connector on the guitar end (I've used micro phone plugs/jacks before - I also do this on Strat pickguard assemblies), then attach the mating connector to the pickup.

If you're concerned about 'ruining' a pickup, assuming what you're taking out is a '57 Classic/BB/CB with braided single-conductor, it's relatively simple to just replace the entire lead on the pickup.
 

tubetone74

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Well I replaced the neck pickup A3 magnet for an A5 I had in the parts box. Made a big difference and the pickup as a little "cut" to it now. It was just too mellow and jazzy sounding before.
 




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