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Here's Something Cool in Guitar Upgrading

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A lot of people have asked about upgrading the electronics in their Epiphone guitars, and Mojo has been mentioned as a good, if not cheap, source of such electronics. But guess what, they have videos showing how easy their assemblies are to install.

 

Here is a video where they demonstrate installing their 335 kit in "an overseas guitar"--presumably applicable to Dots, Sheratons, etc. Installing the 335 kit

 

335Assembly.jpg

 

They also have videos covering the installation of a pre-slotted bone nut and a wiring kit for an SG. Cool and educational!

 

By the way, I am not affiliated with Mojo, nor have I used their products yet. I was just impressed by their videos, and it seems like a quick and easy way to upgrade your electronics. Cheers.

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I got my new pickups this week. I may take the opportunity to just have my Epiphone Dot gutted and have new electronics put in as well.

 

If I had to do this myself using similar parts (not this kit specifically), would I have to be taking a drill to my Dot as well? I'm unsure as to the sizes of the parts of the stock guts of the guitar.

 

This may be the difference between me rewiring the guitar myself, or getting someone else to do it. and I have never done ANY work on a guitar before, ever. To be honest I may end up paying for someone else to do it anyway.

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Like I said before, they are not cheap. But that wasn't my point--which I admittedly didn't express too well.

 

People have asked "How do I change the electronics in my Dot/Sheraton/Riviera?" This is the first video that shows that clearly.

 

You could easily buy the parts and wire it yourself. You could even use their template method by making a (careful) pencil rubbing of the (empty) control area of your guitar and transferring the hole locations to a piece of composite board--or even a piece of thick cardboard. Then mount the components on the template, solder them up, and install them as shown in the video into your guitar.

 

If I had to do this myself using similar parts (not this kit specifically)' date=' would I have to be taking a drill to my Dot as well? I'm unsure as to the sizes of the parts of the stock guts of the guitar.[/quote']

 

Spite,

The only drilling you might have to do would be to accommodate the larger shafts of the new pots--if your existing pots are the miniature cheap pots, as shown in the video. But, as you could also see in the video, its not hard at all to do. (And you mightn't have to drill if you were to use a tapered reamer instead of the stepped bit.)

 

Cheers.

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Tapered Reamers should not be mentioned on this forum.

Tapered Reamers should only be used by seasoned, trained professionals.

Tapered Reamers are evil and are tools of Satan.

 

Wedgie

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Good point in the vid about hoovering out the wood shavings. I got a piece in a pot which killed it after doing mine, and had to replace the pot.

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This may be the difference between me rewiring the guitar myself' date=' or getting someone else to do it. and I have never done ANY work on a guitar before, ever. To be honest I may end up paying for someone else to do it anyway.[/quote']

 

I paid to have my wiring/pots/caps/switch upgraded and bone nut installed in my hollow body guitar. It is too valuable to me to risk f'ing it up.

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Changing out the electronics and pickups on a guitar is not Rocket Science,

but if you have never done it, or seen it done, at least try to have someone with

some experience around to watch you.

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Tapered Reamers should not be mentioned on this forum.

Tapered Reamers should only be used by seasoned' date=' trained professionals.

Tapered Reamers are evil and are tools of Satan.

 

Wedgie[/quote']

 

Want to tell us about it?

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You're new... there was a "discussion" some time back about installing new/different tuners on a headstock.

It was SERIOUSLY debated over the best methods of Drill Press, Hand Drill, and the evil Tapered Reamer. I

think the lengthy contest more or less ended in a draw; but everything short of original Gibson engineering

blueprints were thrown down in the "slight disagreement". Those who have been here awhile probably re-

member it well. That's the nutshell of it. That, and I just like typing Tapered Reamer. Sounds like something

you'd find on Cinemax after 1:00 am. Slasher Porn from the 80's.

 

Wedgie

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Changing out the electronics and pickups on a guitar is not Rocket Science' date='

but if you have never done it, or seen it done, at least try to have someone with

some experience around to watch you.[/quote']Except it is a bit different and more difficult on a semi-hollow body.

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Rewiring 335 style guitars should not be mentioned on this forum.

Rewiring 335 style guitars should only be done by seasoned, trained professionals.

Wiring of 335 style guitars is evil and a tool of Satan.

 

Can you tell that I spent hours resoldering a broken output jack wire on my Epi Dot last weekend?

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I looked into Mojo Assemblies for my Sheraton II but the pots are too large in diameter to go through the f-holes (I understand that some Sheratons have larger openings -- you need at least an inch, and the f-holes on mine were .75"). I bought mini Alpha pots from stewmac and took it from there.

 

One thing I did, which was inspired by Mojo, was to make a cardboard template for all the components before I wired it all up. This ensured that I had adequate length for all the wires, etc.

 

If any one is interested, PM me and I'll send what I wrote up about how to rewire a Sheraton II.

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I've used tapered reamers on tuning peg holes and the like. You have to be REALLY careful with them, because you can very easily destroy the finish, or split the hole wide open. Hell, you could split a headstock right off at any given grain line.

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Rewiring 335 style guitars should not be mentioned on this forum.

Rewiring 335 style guitars should only be done by seasoned' date=' trained professionals.

Wiring of 335 style guitars is evil and a tool of Satan.[/b']

 

Can you tell that I spent hours resoldering a broken output jack wire on my Epi Dot last weekend?

 

THAT is NOT a pleasant job!!! Been there, done that -ick

Now if any of you geniuses at Gibson are reading this, why don't you spend an extra 25 cents and put in a proper jack to begin with?

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The method he used to check the height of the nutslots is so wrong... O:)

 

That's how Dan Erlewine does it in his book. When I did one, I fretted between the second and third frets and measured clearance at the first fret as suggested by Graphtech. How do you prefer to do it?

 

Dan

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