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Pre wired loom's for Les Paul's.

EpiLP1985

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Thank you for this helpful advice , I will print your diagram .

I think I over heated my PEC pots .

My goal in drafting my diagram was to get as many connections as I could off the pots. Also, by removing the ground wire from Tone to Tone, you make the harness essentially two pieces prior to install. Combined with not soldering the braids of the switch and pickups directly to the back of the pots by their shields, you also limit the heat and physical connections.
 

Sol

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I've always used the same 25 watt soldering iron, yours is 40 Watts. Am I underpowered ?
 

EpiLP1985

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I've always used the same 25 watt soldering iron, yours is 40 Watts. Am I underpowered ?

In my experience, if you want to get in and out fast, and get good solid joints, especially on pot casings, you need a 40 watter.

I use a smaller iron for pedal stuff and PCBs.
 

Sol

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In my experience, if you want to get in and out fast, and get good solid joints, especially on pot casings, you need a 40 watter.

I use a smaller iron for pedal stuff and PCBs.
It's only braid to pot casing that causes me headache. I need a 40 watter, thanks.
 

Sol

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I'll check out Tone Man. Bourns pots are good.
BTW doesn't anyone use the Alpha pots that all the Pedal makers use ?
 

EpiLP1985

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It's only braid to pot casing that causes me headache. I need a 40 watter, thanks.
Honestly, I don’t solder the braids directly to the pot case anymore. I wrap a length of wire around pickup and switch leads, solder it to the braids, then make a very small connection from the wire lead to the pot casing.
 

Drayve85

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Well, you can obviously solder so I would recommend sourcing parts for harness and putting one together yourself, but, you want prewired, which presents a dilemma.

With a prewired harness, you still have to make a number of connections so why not make a few more?

I personally like the VIPots from Vintage Inspired Pickups. They do kOhm matching and sell quads for $43.99. My last set were all 545 kOhm +/- 2%. They are excellent. Add a set of your favorite caps and you’re good to go.
I have to second the VIPots. They took my stock TH58 from awesome to awseomerest! Never played any guitar with centralabs, but the VIPots taper is very useable at almost all settings. Mine give sound at just below 1, the stock cts were at around 1.5. Like take a wet blanket off the speaker!
 

GotTheSilver

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Anyone have experience with the "pre-wired vintage upgrade kits" from RS Guitarworks? They have CTS pots and PIO caps.
 
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