SpruceTop Posted December 23, 2011 Report Share Posted December 23, 2011 I have a ’73 – ’75 ES-175T. First off, it does sound great. I’m not tempted to change it. But the tones I get from it are the mellowest (less highs) of any of my humbucker guitars. This is not something I noticed 20 years ago when I bought it. But in the last few years, I have learned how to re-wire guitars and change pickups. I’ve done probably 15 so far – everything from P-90’s, mini HB’s and full-size HB’s in full hollow-body’s, semi’s and solid bodies. So I have trained my ear a bit to the variables of pickups, pots, guitar types, etc… My questions would be: Did Gibson use <500K pots in the early ‘70’s? Might it just be pickups that mellowed with age? Both? Any thing else? It has the big pots like those in the pic below. I couldn’t see the values on them. It was hard to inspect the pots even after loosening them because of the tight wiring job. The pickups read 7.0 ohms/ea and are adjusted to about 1/8” neck and 1/16” bridge - between the strings and pickups with the strings depressed at the last fret. I’m just curious. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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