Revamping my Wylde

Discussion in 'Epiphone Les Pauls' started by metale, Dec 30, 2017.

  1. metale

    metale Senior Member

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    Hi all

    I've a Wylde LP which I put active EMGs on (60+81). I've got a passive set of pickups which I still haven't tried, so will put them on this guitar. I'll take some pics and review it.

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    Nice looking guitar!
     
  3. metale

    metale Senior Member

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    Thanks, man.

    New pickups, neck and bridge (just a teaser):

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  4. metale

    metale Senior Member

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    Strings out:

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    Short tenon and no maple cap (at the very most a paper-thin veneer):

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    The EMG stuff:

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    Let's make room for the new stuff:

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    Dolebludger Premium Member

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    Yeah, active pups are a matter of personal taste. I personally don't care much for them. I've got a weird, early 80s Hondo II longhorn with a single pup. It is an early version of what we now call active pups, except there is nothing active about the pup. The guitar just has a battery pre amp in the control cavity. When I use it active, I have to turn the guitar volume and tone way down to get a tone I like. But when I do that I really like the tone.
     
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    metale Senior Member

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    I like EMGs, but the 81 is not my favourite by any means. I've had it for years (it lived some 10 years on another Les Paul and another 5 on a strat copy) but I always get tired of it. I like the 57 and the 85 better on the bridge. But I'm not EMG hater by any means. :)
     
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    metale Senior Member

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    The wiring harness, CTS 500K pots, .022 cap in the bridge and .015 cap in the neck.

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    metale Senior Member

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    Can't try it tonight as the baby is asleep, but putting a multimeter on the jack and connected to a tuner all seems well...

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    Neck pickup is an Oil City Nightfighter. Hot paf-ish, alnico IV. Bridge is an Oil City Transonic. Based on the Super Distortion but alnico 8 magnet flanked by 2 ceramic magnets instead of spacers.

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    Looks great! Thanks for documenting the process!
     
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    Personally, anytime I get a guitar with EMGs in it, I end up ripping them out, and selling them on feebay. I've tried to like them, but..... that initial compression drives me nuts! I play m,ostly clean, and they just don't work for me.

    but to the OP here, NICE work! And the solid mahogany with a thin veneer.... nice touch, sound warmer with the passives in it now?
     
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  11. metale

    metale Senior Member

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    Thanks. Warmer was to be expected, but what gets me the most (every time) is the responsiveness of the controls with the 50s wiring.

    The EMG wiring is nice and predictable, but passives with the 50s has a whole lot of tones besides the basic wide-open one.

    The pickups themselfs, the bridge one is a new feel. I have a JB-based Oil City and the feel and dynamics are diferent. The neck one complements it well. Pretty cool tones.
     

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