Epiphone SL Mega Mod

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by HolyTele Tube, Mar 29, 2018.

  1. HolyTele Tube

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    I made the mistake this weekend of cleaning out my junk drawer. I found a full set of sealed imperial style tuners, a few Gibson size bone nuts, a switchcraft SG style toggle switch, and a switchcraft output jack. When I started looking at the parts I realized that when they are put together they would go a long way toward fixing many of the complaints about the Epiphone SL.

    I contacted the fine folks at Bootstrap pickups and they are winding me a new set of pups for the guitar. I asked for a strat neck and tele bridge in standard pickup dimensions. They were happy to accommodate and suggested putting a copper clad bottom plate in the bridge pup.

    I also ordered a set of tone pros locking studs for the tailpiece. I have found that it's pretty hard to intonate a guitar if the bridge leans forward.

    All in all I plan to:
    Install a new nut, add new tuners, replace the bridge posts, relocate the output jack, level and crown the frets, replace the electronics, and shield the cavity.

    I know that I'm shelling out about another 100 dollars and raiding my parts drawer for more on top of that and it won't increase the value but I think it will be a fun project and ought to make a pretty good player in the end.
     
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    The new batch of SL's have a different rout pattern from the first guitars. The first generation didn't leave enough wood close to the bridge post and they added a small piece of wood for the pickguard.
    Another signifigant change to the route is that is much shallower. On the lower side of the route there are two 7/8 holes one is for the switch and the other worked fine to drill into the side to add the jack.
    Because I am using a long style switch I had laying around I used a forestner bit to make more room. The black color is shielding paint that I had laying around from another project.
     
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    cant get no pics up;)
     
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    How about now?
     
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    Hit the "Upload a File" button between the "Post Replay" and "More Options..."
     
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    I uploaded an album but accidently set the pics to private. I think that I have it working now.
     
  10. zippofan

    zippofan Tele-Afflicted

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    Had a lot of fun modding mine, it now sits in the living room readily available to bang out a few chords while watching TV :cool: If Mrs Z is elsewhere, I jack it into the AC4 sitting next to the TV and crank her up.
     
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    ah, o.k., I thought oldfish was having problems.

    You don't need to upload them to your album, you can upload them directly to the thread.
     
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    I have mod plans for my SL too, great platform. Nice work!
     
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    Thanks!
     
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    Thanks! It has been a great way to spend a day off!
     
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    I may pick your brain when I get a chance to tear mine apart.

    Take care!
     
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    Sure thing!
     
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    I leveled and crowned the frets. The 4th and 20th frets were very low. I should have pulled the fret up but I didn't think of that until later.
     

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    I finished the wiring harness. I went with volume, tone, tone. I am still waiting on the pickups but they will just drop in.
     

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    Had to level, crown and do the fret ends, they were a bit sharpish

    EpiSLfrets.jpg

    Didn't get a gut shot when I rewired, but I did the usual CTS pots, PIO cap 50's style. First time I tried Lace Sensors, they really sound good in this guitar (Burgundy/Silver).
     
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    My fret ends were in pretty good shape but the frets were pretty uneven.
     
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