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Unread 04-01-2011, 09:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What pot shaft length does my Les Paul take?

The short and long pots differ by the length of the threaded portion of the shaft---Short's are 3/8"-inch and Long's are 3/4"-inch.





Gibson Les Pauls that take long shaft pots:
  • Standard's
  • Faded's
  • Classic's
  • Studio's
  • Traditional's
  • 50's & 60's Tributes
  • Historic '68 Custom RI
  • 1977-current Custom's
  • 1977-current Deluxe's
  • 1977-1982 Pro's

Gibson Les Pauls that take short shaft pots:
  • Historic R4/R5/R6/R7/R8/R9/R0
  • 1952-1977 Standard's
  • 1954-1977 Custom's
  • 1968-1977 Deluxe's
  • Historic R7 Custom
  • The Paul's
  • Les Paul Special's
  • Les Paul Jr.'s

Of course, with Gibson, there are lots of transitional changes, custom one-offs that may not follow the list.



ALL EPIPHONES TAKE SHORT SHAFT POTS!
(the only
exception is the Epiphone Les Paul Elitist)



There is no difference in Tone between Short & Long shaft pots.


Tip: Long shaft pots will fit in ANY Les Paul; adjust the nuts for proper height above the top.



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Re: What pot shaft length does my Les Paul take?

That's funny you posted! I was just at the RS guitarworks site looking into that same thing.
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Re: What pot shaft length does my Les Paul take?

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Re: What pot shaft length does my Les Paul take?

The Trad Pro II fall into the Traditional category, long shafts?
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Re: What pot shaft length does my Les Paul take?

My Epi Standard is routed and can barely use the short shaft. The metric pots that come standard are about 3mm longer than the SAE short pots, so you have to modify the SAE pots a touch to get them to fit. It's safer to just get long pots for any LP as you mention ... they always fit.
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Re: What pot shaft length does my Les Paul take?

If you don't want to go through a list, just check your own guitar:

Does it have a metal "ash tray"? Then it needs long-shaft pots.

No "ash tray"? Measure the thickness of the top through the hole. If it's about 1/4" (50s-style), then use short shafts. If it's more like 3/8", then you'll need long shafts.

Of course, you can put a long-shaft pot in anything, if you use a stop-nut to regulate its height.
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Re: What pot shaft length does my Les Paul take?

Conventional wisdom, at least in mixed conversation, is that they will adapt to any size.

And, they say that they are equally satisfied with any size, as long as it works.

But in reality, when in private conversation discussing preference, that actually prefer the longer ones.

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Re: What pot shaft length does my Les Paul take?

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Conventional wisdom, at least in mixed conversation, is that they will adapt to any size.

And, they say that they are equally satisfied with any size, as long as it works.

But in reality, when in private conversation discussing preference, that actually prefer the longer ones.

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That certainly seems to be the case judging by the classifieds.....

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