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  1. In Topic:Vintage wiring upgrade on a 335 - worth it?

    05 August 2017 - 11:38 PM

    View Postsok66, on 15 July 2011 - 05:00 PM, said:

    " From my experience and observations, the improvement claims are utter nonsense. The guitar aftermarket is on par with the penis size enhancement pill business, making extravagant claims that are pretty ridiculous. I say, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. And don't drink the Kool-Aid.

    Personally, for repair purposes (scratchy pots, iffy 3-way switch), I've installed CTS pots, Switchcraft 3-way, Switchcraft jack, "vintage" (I hate that term) cloth-covered wire. Fixed my problems, but the guitar, of course, sounded exactly the same. "

    Lol! Pay attention, folks, this was posted by someone who obviously understands. Well stated and spot on!


    I know it's an old thread but the idea that there is a harness is laughable. It's a made up term that sellers use to generalize a group of parts that they believe are too complex for their customers to assemble.

    Look, if you can solder, and follow the most basic of diagrams, you can install all of the electronics in your guitar without any need to build a magical "harness".

    As far as what it will do for you, ...
    ....well the wire itself that Gibson uses is excellent quality. There is no measurable difference in Audi frequencies between Gibson shielded wire and anyone else's. And in cases of RF leakage the Gibson braided wire might be superior to so,e aftermarket offerings.
    Gibson switches and jacks are excellent Carling and similar quality. Nothing significantly better is offered on the aftermarket.

    That leases 2 items. One is capacitors. Notwithstanding the rated value, most good guality caps are going to sound identical (and look so on a scope) at audio frequencies. Some cheaper or vintage or out of spec caps can have measurable inductance that might vary at a given frequency and give those caps characteristic behavior. Also you can simply change values toget different effect and that is worth trying. Similar value caps MAY HAVE VERY SUBTLE differences, most won't hear it, a few will THINK the do (and got their money's worth.

    Now potentiometers. This is the one part of the electronics that can have a large effect. Gibson uses CTS pots, a quality brand by anyone's standard. Over many years past they have used some pots that were very low value like 300kohm or even 500k with such a wide tolerance as to get as low as 400k.200,100, heck even 50kohm difference in value can have a big effect on tone. The higher you go the brighter and louder your pickups will sound. Get too high like 1 megohm and the get harsh. If a guitar has a dull lifeless or even downright muddy sound, replacing pots before pickups is almost always the best choice. Once you have the jangle you need then you can try pickups for more loss, mids weaker or hotter output.

    So to summarize mostly all anyone really needs is the pots and maybe only the 2 volume ones at that. Why would you pay for yards of wire, overpriced caps and extra pots you don't need put together at a labor rate a nuclear physicist makes when a few minutes with a soldering iron can replace those volume pots for $20 and get at least 99% of the change? Just order anyone's Vintage style audio taper 550k pots and you'll be fine. Or if you truly want to pay $200 for $50 worth of parts, most of which you already have, go for it.

    Gibson current offering for parts are excellent. Don't change them unless you just have to fix things that ain't broken.
  2. In Topic:Differences Between 2011 Epi ES-175 and 2015 Models?

    03 December 2016 - 09:44 PM

    View PostRevDavidLee, on 13 March 2015 - 05:07 PM, said:

    This girl plays like butter [thumbup] and screams like a banshee if you want her to [thumbup] Enjoy some pics!

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    I'm not generally a fan of red. I own a Gibson 59 reissue ES-175 in natural that is gorgeous. Having said that, your red Epi 175 is even MORE stunning! It's simply one of the most beautiful guitars of any model or style I've ever seen. Amazing. Enjoy it.

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