#1
I'm attempting to switch out some Epiphone Alnico classic pickups to some Lace Dissonant Aggressor ones in my Epi Les Paul. I have the diagram for the Lace pickups but I have no clue what the wires correlate to on the Alnico pups. They are all attached to a plastic part that just clips in on top of the pots.

If anyone knows how to figure this out or point me in the right direction, it would be very much appreciated.
It's the pups on this guitar:
http://www.epiphone.com/Products/Les-Paul/Ltd-Ed-2014-Les-Paul-Traditional-PRO.aspx

Also: if anyone knows how to fix the coil split shaft/plastic on the knobs...I pulled it out too hard while trying to swith the knobs (FAIL)

Thanks!
Hooper drives the boat chief...
#2
no idea how to fix the knob physically but I'd suggest an Alpha, Bourns , Dimarzio push pull potentiometer. Just make sure to get the right:
resistance - 500k in this case since it's a les paul
type - A500k - volume , B500k tone - traditionally , i only use B500k in my guitars
shaft type / length
and diameter

sounds like a lot but it's easy
import ones are about 6mm wide (roughly) and I use 18mm tall ones , if they are too big you can compensate the height with an extra nut. The USA ones are about 9mm wide, so safe to say go import and worst case scenario the washer and all holds it in place. But feel free to measure if you've got the patience.


for the wiring I always recommend this site. My best advice is to trace the wires back on the pickups. Observe the color code and just take your time.

these two sites should help, even if you're not using seymour duncan pickups it helps

firstly color codes
http://www.guitarelectronics.com/category/wiring_resources_guitar_wiring_diagrams.humbucker_wiring_color_codes/

secondly diagrams
http://www.seymourduncan.com/support/wiring-diagrams/

any questions from anyone who reads this let me know i do custom wiring harnesses so i can help people out by answering questions
Last edited by Tallwood13 at Jul 24, 2015,
#3
Quote by Tallwood13
no idea how to fix the knob physically but I'd suggest an Alpha, Bourns , Dimarzio push pull potentiometer.

for the wiring I always recommend this site. My best advice is to trace the wires back on the pickups. Observe the color code and just take your time.

these two sites should help, even if you're not using seymour duncan pickups it helps

firstly color codes
http://www.guitarelectronics.com/category/wiring_resources_guitar_wiring_diagrams.humbucker_wiring_color_codes/

secondly diagrams
http://www.seymourduncan.com/support/wiring-diagrams/

any questions from anyone who reads this let me know i do custom wiring harnesses so i can help people out by answering questions


Appreciate the advice. I think that is probably the best option. I was hoping to just use the existing electronics but I think I would make it easier for myself if I just replaced the potentiometers (especially seeing how the one push/pull is broken. Is the DiMarzio EP1201PP a good option? I've heard that the Bourns break quite easy (which these ones probably were), by snapping out of the pot. I'll probably go with DiMarzio.
Will I also need to switch out the Tone pots?
Thanks again!
Hooper drives the boat chief...
#4
no problem. Dimarzio I heard has theirs made by CTS so they are quality. I've never personally used Bourns but on an import guitar I can imagine they use the 2$ ebay ones. My friends keith merrow schecter it was the same way.

I've used this Dimarzio push pull when I was putting together a mans warmoth guitar build as he paid me to wire it up and they were excellent. Alpha is always a great selection too ,my friend used to work for the best guitar shop in the city and he thinks highly of them.

just with the dimarzio ones they can be a little tricky to solder to the backs of is the only bad reviews I've heard of them. I've heard 80 grit sandpaper just scratching the back of the pot removing a bit of coating helps big time but lets see what others say first.

here's a few tricks i do to wire coil splits though , pretty much I'm using the lead (metal wire like material) from a capacitor and soldering to the side of a pot as the entire things conductive. You can also tin a completely stripped wire too. I did a blog a while ago where I tried to explain a bunch of tips to make wiring easier. Definitely have a template where the pot won't go every which way goes a long way.

Last edited by Tallwood13 at Jul 24, 2015,