#1
Hey all

I have a Epiphone Korina Explorer. The stock pickups gave me the shits so badly that i lashed out and ordered a set of bare knuckle nailbombs.

At first I was told that i simply had to connect all the wires and then marvel at the new sound. But im thinking now that im going to need to replace the ****ing pots that are in my epiphone.

My question to you is:

Will i need new pots and if yes is there a specific type i will need? I currently have 2 volume and a tone. Ideally if i can get away with using the stock pots i will but if they will sacrifice a lot of tone / power or explode or some shit then ill replace them.

Im a bit of a rookie when it comes to guitar electronics so any other useful advice would be sick

Cheers in advance!
#2
You shouldn't need to replace the pots unless they are broken or worn out (or if you are switching from passive to active or vice-versa). However, some new CTS or Bourns pots will be more reliable and better-made than the stock Alpha pots.
#3
Yep what Jim said, and for the price CTS pots aren't that bad. And you'll have a clean slate to work with. You might have a cold solder joint or two. Did you remove the old solder or did you solder on top of the old, do you have previous soldering skills?
#4
I havnt touched the electronics in my epiphone. The sounds has degraded to the point where it produced very little tone and cant push out any overdrives. it crackles a bit when i **** around with the input jack so i suspect that there is a fault there. Im glad all these parts are fairly cheap. Soldering is no problem for me so i guess its just a matter of getting all the shit together and putting it together.
#5
Bear in mind that if you upgrade the pots to CTS, their shaft is slightly thicker than the originals due to being imperial sizes. Just take a tapered hand reamer and gently widen the holes until the pot just fits through.