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Epiphone Lucille (Chinese) wiring question - Pickup replacement


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Hi all

I want to replace the stck pickups with Gibson 490s. I have wired them so that they are now 2 wire pickups. It seems that the original pickups go directly to the varitone board as you can see in the photos. The red sheathing from one pickup contains a red wire (hot I presume) and a bare wire (presumably ground). 

The black  sheathing from the other pickup contains a black  wire (hot I presume) and a bare wire (presumably ground). 

I am tempted to cut the original wires leaving an inch or so connected to the board and then solder the new pickup wires to these, rather than unsoldering from the board.

Any thoughts? I have see photos from other Lucilles with an apparently different wiring, perhaps from Korea?



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