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    50's Wiring For 1 Volume and 1 Tone

    Does anybody know or have a copy of a 50's Les Paul wiring schematic for a 1 volume + 1 tone with 2 Humbuckers??

    Thanks in advance! Any help is much appreciated.

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    Re: 50's Wiring For 1 Volume and 1 Tone

    If it's anywhere, it will be in this thread...

    http://www.lespaulforum.com/forum/sh...wiring+library
    Originally posted by 58burst..."I don't really understand why a 15k guitar might be "too expensive to use on a gig."
    Many of us use cars worth more than that every day in traffic..."

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    Re: 50's Wiring For 1 Volume and 1 Tone

    Here is how my 1957 Junior is wired:




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    Re: 50's Wiring For 1 Volume and 1 Tone

    Thanks guys! Does anyone have a pic with the 3way toggle? I have a PRS Soapbar I stuck some HB's in and it has a master volume, master tone, with a 3 way toggle.

    Thanks!

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    Re: 50's Wiring For 1 Volume and 1 Tone

    Quote Originally Posted by DANELECTRO View Post


    I don't know where the switch is on your guitar, but the connection at the pots is going to look like this with a 2nd pickup wire.

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    Re: 50's Wiring For 1 Volume and 1 Tone

    I'm obviously a novice here

    My switch is in the same cavity as the pots.

    So in the pic, where the conductor passes over the pot and where the pot legs are shown connected to the pot housing.. that's ground right?

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    Re: 50's Wiring For 1 Volume and 1 Tone

    Yes. Its the outer shield on the wire that gibson uses. The conductor of the pickup wire is inside a second insulated layer that is soldered to lug on the pot.

    Post a picture of the cavity w/switch and someone will photoshop the connections. I can hardly spell PRS so I don't have a clue what to tell you right now.

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    Re: 50's Wiring For 1 Volume and 1 Tone

    I believe that this is what you want. Maybe somebody with a little more knowledge in electronics could chime in and confirm this.

    Last edited by DANELECTRO; 04-27-07 at 04:49 AM.

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    Re: 50's Wiring For 1 Volume and 1 Tone

    Dan, put it in the archive thread too!
     

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    Re: 50's Wiring For 1 Volume and 1 Tone

    Quote Originally Posted by DANELECTRO View Post
    I believe that this is what you want. Maybe somebody with a little more knowledge in electronics could chime in and confirm this.

    Yup, that's how I wired my VM Studio when I did the conversion to a MV/MT setup. Works like charm!

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    Re: 50's Wiring For 1 Volume and 1 Tone

    Slim, is there an advantage to the master tone/ master volume setup?

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    Re: 50's Wiring For 1 Volume and 1 Tone

    Yes! Thanks Danelectro!

    How 'bout this diagram for 50's wiring......

    *edit* oops, how do I make it legible?


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    Re: 50's Wiring For 1 Volume and 1 Tone

    I'll post that pic if I can make it legible.

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    Re: 50's Wiring For 1 Volume and 1 Tone

    Quote Originally Posted by Sterling1 View Post
    Slim, is there an advantage to the master tone/ master volume setup?
    Nope, just ease of use. I do a lot of vol/tone adjusting while I play and I've gotten caught with the vol dropped when I switch pickups and that kind of thing. I figured the MV/MT works on a Tele, why not here, too? I've got the pickups balanced really nicely so I get three distinct tones when I switch the pickup selector.

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    Re: 50's Wiring For 1 Volume and 1 Tone

    I like that note on the blueprint, "Models after 7-1-73 use 300kA controls..."

    The pots in my '78 Pro Deluxe measured between 260-305 and they were all linear!

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    Re: 50's Wiring For 1 Volume and 1 Tone

    Nope, just ease of use. I do a lot of vol/tone adjusting while I play and I've gotten caught with the vol dropped when I switch pickups and that kind of thing. I figured the MV/MT works on a Tele, why not here, too? I've got the pickups balanced really nicely so I get three distinct tones when I switch the pickup selector.
    I learn something new every time I come here. Thanks for the insight.

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