- Dec 19, 2013
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What are the pros and cons?
This point of view is 100% incorrect. It's ok, because most people thought the same thing you did, but I was there during the process of creating the board. here is what I recall:2008 I believe. I can see no real advantage since no one ever released any other pickups with the connector on. Probably just a way for Gibson to make more money by using less expensive parts.
That is some wonderful insight as to what went down. It is a shame that the connector has not become universal. Or at least easier to add a connector to other pickups. Where in Nashville are you at? I live in Inglewood/East NashvilleThis point of view is 100% incorrect. It's ok, because most people thought the same thing you did, but I was there during the process of creating the board. here is what I recall:
A few different thoughts were part of the change:
1) Easy modification for players. this was where the whole project started. We know that de-soldering and soldering new pickups in holds many players back from changing pickups more often. We actually had discussions with Seymour Duncan and EMG about creating a new universal EZ plug system on our pickups. Unfortunately, this never got off the ground. I think it's still a great idea.
2) We wanted better pots in the Gibson USA guitars. We met with the folks from Bourns many times and we explored possibilities of the sound, the feel and taper (very important to us too) for custom made potentiometers. We also added gold plated plates on the back of these posts. Trust me, each pot cost much more than the pots used previously.
3) We knew that the traditionalists would poo-poo a circuit board right off the bat unless it was badass. Much thought time and expense was put into those boards. We made sure to include ultra wide traces for the skeptics. We were going for a hi-tech ultra badass look. We even put smokey translucent covers on the back to show it off.
4) All of this put together was a significant material cost increase. It did not off-set the labor costs. I know this for a fact as I helped create the BOMs and was part of the whole process.
I have not been at Gibson for a while now, so I have no reason to mis-lead or toe the company line. At no time did the team ever say "let's build it cheaper". We wanted to move the Les Paul forward. We wanted to move in a different direction from the historic collection. The custom shop had the old school covered....we wanted to be the new school. This is why you also saw that huge neck joint and other changes to the LP in 2008. That was the mind-set for the 2008.
That would be nice, one universal connector, and another version of the same pickups without it, or you could even just remove it since they're dirt cheap.It is a shame that the connector has not become universal. Or at least easier to add a connector to other pickups.