Les Pickup-Ectomy

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  1. fatcat

    fatcat Friend of Leo's

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    It's Time IMG_20190818_140435311.jpg IMG_20190818_141639778_HDR.jpg IMG_20190818_141702984.jpg

    I've finally done it.
     
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    Bagged components so that process is reversible.

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    fatcat Friend of Leo's

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    Prepare Template
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    Selection of pots; values checked

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    Selection made; pots loaded:
    Neck tone: 520k
    Neck volume: 508k
    Bridge tone: 516k
    Bridge volume: 503k

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    fatcat Friend of Leo's

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    Caps Installed
    Bridge: 0.022
    Neck: 0.015
    Ground lugs folded and soldered

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    Time for wires
     
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    Very cool, hope we get a tone report.
     
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    Clarification:

    This is a 50's style circuit layout..

    But you guys may have been able to tell that already.
     
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    I’m itching to do that to all of mine.


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    After doing a couple of Les Pauls I spent a few minutes and built this little soldering jig from scraps.
    It's proven to be well worth the time.
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    +1 keeping the parts in a bag to save and getting all fresh parts.


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    Few things more attractive on a guitar than a control cavity with well-wired controls. Plus, I’m not a fan of a PCB in an LP control cavity. Looks ...... wrong. Good stuff all the way around.
     
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    I would do the same thing. Even if it makes no difference in the sound, (which I'm sure it will,) I'd still consider it an improvement. I'm old-school that way.
     
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    Thanks gang..

    Using an awl to fray the shield and get to the signal wire.

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    This will the bridge pickup connection to the switch, and establish the ground bond between the pot casings.

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    Connecting to the pot; you can see that the holes aroud the perimeter of the template board were deliberate to help keep the excess conductor under control.

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    And the complete loop with heat shrink installed per my OCD.
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    Subject change.. I want to admit that I can be a clumsy idiot.

    Check out the scar I made in the top a couple years ago when the screwdriver slipped as I was lowering the tailpiece.

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    Worst possible spot.. if I ever did try to sell this guitar..
     
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    Been there done that...twice.


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    Antigua Tele Friend of Leo's

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    I'm guessing the push pull pots split the HB's, I wouldn't have wanted to lose that option, personally. It's hard to believe Gibson touts itself as a premium brand while also making use of PCB where none existed before, but then again I guess that's why Henry J spends his days golfing now.
     
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    t-ray Tele-Afflicted Gold Supporter

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    I just can't get over the fact that Gibson did that to their premier guitar, putting those boards in there. Mr. Paul was probably spinning in his grave. I learned about this very recently when I bought my 2019 LP Jr., which is very nicely hand wired.
     
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    The model Les Paul preferred was the "Recording" model, which was more technologically ahead than the the standard model, as it had a hi/lo Z output selector and a phase switch, so he might have been OK with the PCB thing. I don't think he ever had much love for the standard Les Paul model, and putting his name on it was a marketing thing.
     
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    IMG_20190824_144240037.jpg Dry fit...
     
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    Got caught up and forgot to take pictures.

    Here's the switch with the output and the switch to neck volume pickup conductor. IMG_20190824_160335299.jpg IMG_20190824_160341453.jpg IMG_20190824_160317367.jpg
     
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