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50's wiring videos

posted Feb 10, 2014 11:42:37 by SteveTebble
Interesting series of videos here, first one explains the difference between 50's and modern wiring and where all the wires go, next two demonstrate the sound on a guitar.

It's rather changed my mind and I think I might try it now! Simple enough to change it back if you don't like it of course.

HINT: When earthing a tone or volume pot, don't bend the lug back and solder it directly to the case. use a short bit of wire, or a pin or something similar (I use a section of brass chandelier pin). This makes it easier to change afterwards if necessary. Actually, bending the lug always worries me, I fear it might break something.
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MichaelWamback said Feb 10, 2014 14:09:04
I broke the solder point on a Switchcraft switch once by bending it a little - almost like the metal was brittle. Bummer, since those are expensive.

Never had an issue breaking the solder tab on a pot. The metal they use is very flexible and will bend easily. And while the majority of people do bend the lug back and solder it to the pot to ground it, I do actually prefer to use a short piece of bare wire to ground mine. You're right, it's easier to undo later if you decide to do so, but the main reason I do it is because I just think it looks cleaner and more professional.

I personally use 50's Vintage wiring in the majority of my guitars. I find the benefits outweigh the downside. You do get a slight volume drop when you roll down the tone, but it's not that significant and you don't really fiddle with the tone knob all that much during a song anyway. Keeping the treble at lower volumes is a bigger advantage to me.
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