Upgraded wiring on Epi Lee Malia

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  1. sdnesmithcpa

    sdnesmithcpa Junior Member

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    The chronic tinkerer in me decided to upgrade the pots and caps in my Lee Malia and convert to 50s wiring with independent volume controls.

    I bought vintage CTS 500k pots from Amp Parts, Cabinets, Guitar, Bass, Pickups, Pedals - Mojotone.com as well as the 500k CTS push/pull pot for the coil split. I used Orange Drop caps and also changed out my jack plate (the gold appeared to be wearing off), mojo 3-way short toggle, switchcraft output jack and braided wire.

    After two days of dealing with crappy soldering irons and figuring out how the alpha push/pull was wired, I'm done and I must say the sound improvement is awesome. My P94 was a bit muddy before and the bridge in single coil mode lost volume. Everything is much brighter overall and I find myself turning the amp down now. I'm really happy with the new sound!

    Shawn
     
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    Tazz3 Senior Member

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    Congrats it must sound nice u wanna make a trip to ny to work on my LP lol
     
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    Frogfur Senior Member

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    Isn't the P94 a single coil? With a 500k pot?
     
  4. sdnesmithcpa

    sdnesmithcpa Junior Member

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    Yes, the stock pot was a 500k as well. The research I've done online indicates the p94 has enough inductance for a 500k.

    Shawn
     
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    BetoJr Junior Member

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    Sorry to post on this old thread, but could you show me pictures of how you wired the push/pull pot. Id like to do the same to my LP Lee Malia. Thanks
     
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    sasquatch Premium Member

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    That sounds great. I did a rewire on my '55,
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    but I've been hesitating with the others due to the push-pulls.
    Still scratching my head about it
     
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    Get a good soldering iron. One purchase here can last decades. A bad soldering iron is bad for your waste of time and difficult to work with. If you had this frustrating journey, treat yourself to a quality tool. Even used rarely it is worth it for you to have.
     

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