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Removing the innyrds from an ES-330 without desoldering?

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by 974gt, Dec 10, 2015.

  1. 974gt

    974gt Tele-Meister

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    Can the innards (pickups and entire wiring harness - jack, pots, caps etc.) be removed from an ES-330 without desoldering?

    The reason why I am asking is that I would like to do so mods but would like to preserve the originality of the guitar. Ideally I would like to remove all of the original electronics and put them away for safe keeping and then perform the mods on a completely new wiring harness with new pickups.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. pondcaster

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    Been wondering the same thing.

    Was thinking of "upgrading" the guts of my Sheraton II... I like the pups but the pots could be tighter.
     
  3. Zender

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    The same way you can remove the innards is the same way they put them in.
     
  4. dezb1

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    No you have to unsolder the pickups, the full wiring harness can come out in one piece but both pickups have to come out separately... You can wilder them back in place immediately after removal to keep it all together.
     
  5. 974gt

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    The Sheraton is a semi-hollow - I think that it would depend how the center block is routed - it would basically be the same process as with an ES-335 - whatever that process is?

    The ES-330 is completely hollow - no center block so there is a bit more room to work with, I am just not sure if enough room to pull everything through the pickup cavity.
     
  6. 974gt

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    so the neck pick-up cannot be pulled into the body and out the routing for the bridge pickup or vice versa?
     
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    Don't think so.
     
  8. Topper

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    TV Jones site has some good videos on how to swap the innards on a Gretsch - should work the same for ES -330. Think you will have to unsolder the pickups, however.
     
  9. screamin eagle

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    Yes it can. You can unscrew the jack, switch and then the pickups. Pull the bridge pickup and then fish the neck pickup through the bridge pickup route. Then pull all knobs off and drop pots into guitar and pull everything through the bridge pickup route. You will likely need to loosen the tailpiece, or remove it completely to disconnect the ground wire. After that, I don't see why the unmolested harness can not all be fished, in tact, through a single pickup route.

    Tedious, yes, but I don't see why not. This cannot be done with a semihollow guitar due the the nature of the center block.
     
  10. pondcaster

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    Oops, my mistake. I read "330" but my mind thought "335".
     
  11. charlie chitlin

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    Yup
     
  12. 974gt

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    cool!
     
  13. lineboat

    lineboat Friend of Leo's

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    Tie a string to each pot as you pull them out; it'll make it a little easier putting the new stuff back in!
     
  14. screamin eagle

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    Voice of experience...

    It took me a couple of times in a hollow body before I figured that one out. Tubing pushed on to the pot shafts works good too. Or dental floss if you can't find anything else around.
     
  15. LACampbell. esq

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    i use tubing and sometimes.a guitar or bass string to fish things through, the rigidity helps you direct it through the body
     
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