How do I change this to 50s wiring?

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  1. Ericatunc

    Ericatunc Gold Supporter

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    From looking at diagrams online, I think this is modern wiring, and I much prefer 50s. I thought I could take the capacitor and attach it to the middle lug of the volume pots, to the lower lug on the tone pots. However as you'll see, there's really not a lower lug, it's soldered to the tone pot housing on both.

    Can I use the top lug for the same effect?

    This is a 97 R8. I'm not sure what pots those are, does it make sense to upgrade those?

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  2. Cozmik Cowboy

    Cozmik Cowboy Senior Member

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  3. jimbob137

    jimbob137 Senior Member

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    The best way to wire 50's style in my view would be to buy new pots, wire, caps and a genuine switchcraft toggle switch / jack and follow a guide from Jonesy.

    I found that when stripping out my old wiring it was not the kind of craftsmanship that many would expect from a brand like Gibson. Also the 3 way toggle switch was not a switchcraft one and it vibrated driving me mad.
    It really disappointed me that the original wiring was cheap, but you can see how this allows a cheaper production cost. Now with it's 500k CTS audio taper pots, PIO caps, braided wire and wax coated insulation is the kind of wiring job that should be in there, also the change in the controls is very evidently more effective when you start turning knobs.
     
  4. djd100

    djd100 Senior Member

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    The only difference that matters is where the tone control connects...

    a) Modern: Tone control/cap connects to the Pot's Input.

    b) 50's: Tone control/cap connects to the Pot's Wiper/Output.

    That's it as the difference in tone pot wiring make no difference.
     
  5. ashbass

    ashbass V.I.P. Member

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    From the Wiring Library thread.

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    The tone pot changes have been discussed as not necessary unless you want the full vintage vibe.


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  6. jimbob137

    jimbob137 Senior Member

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    different tapers and pot values on the tone pots do make a difference.
     

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