Historic '56 Lefty tone controls

HonestAl

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I'm the proud owner of a Historic '56 that I bought way back in early 2000 - manufactured in 99 from the serial number. I've owned it from new, bought a chain of music stores here in the UK, one branch of which (at the time) had a dedicated lefty department. Woo hoo!

There's (almost) nothing I don't feel is awesome about it. The 'almost' qualifier is only there because the tone controls exhibit the old 'falling off a cliff' characteristic - as In for the first 90% of their movement almost nothing happens, then only in the last few degrees does the high get cut significantly. in fact you can get a damn good wah wah effect by rolling them back and forth quickly over a few degrees.

It's never bothered me massively, but none of my other Les Pauls are like it. I have 91 and 2002 Standards, and a 2018 R0. They all roll off quite predictably. I'd like to decide whether it's a consequence of it being a 'historic lefty' or what. Anyone else got one of these? (including a righty) I can take a pic of the control cavity though I've never bothered diving in before now, and I'm not overly concerned now, I'm used to it, but it'd be good to know.

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Tim Plains

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Historics before 2009 had linear taper pots and were all like that.
 

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Thanks gents. Makes sense. In fact I just found a supposedly original Gibson circuit diagram and noticed it was just a linear pot. Hopefully that explains the tiny orange drop cap too

So to get it rolling off the treble in the right direction (currently clockwise makes the tone darker) if I get a regular audio pot can I simply connect the cap to the opposite lug if I find I've accidentally reversed it, or do I need to buy something different? Sorry for the muppet question!
 

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The only difference with a lefty pot is, the wire is on one outside lug instead of the other. The middle wire stays the same.
Just swap your wires one lug at a time from the old pot to the new.
 

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Thanks gents. Makes sense. In fact I just found a supposedly original Gibson circuit diagram and noticed it was just a linear pot. Hopefully that explains the tiny orange drop cap too

So to get it rolling off the treble in the right direction (currently clockwise makes the tone darker) if I get a regular audio pot can I simply connect the cap to the opposite lug if I find I've accidentally reversed it, or do I need to buy something different? Sorry for the muppet question!
You want to buy the lefty, reverse audio pots.
Al
 


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