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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-20-2004, 02:51 PM Thread Starter
 
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Use Gibson 50s style wiring to get more tone control

It's an easy mod and easily reversible. But you won't want to reverse it I'll warrant.

Most modern guitars have the tone control circuit connected to the signal coming in to the volume pot (switch or pickup depending on your guitar). This mod connects the tone control the signal coming *out* of the pot. This makes a huge difference in what your tone control does to your sound. You'll find it more responsive and your guitar will retain more high end.

Steps:
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Locate the wire connecting the tone pot to the volume pot. It is typically the middle lug of the tone pot to the outside (not grounded) lug of the volume pot. Disconnect at the volume pot and reconnect to ground. You end up with the middle lug of the tone control connected to ground.
2-
Locate the capacitor connected to the tone pot's outside lug and ground.
Disconnect the ground connection of the capacitor and reconnect that wire to the middle lug of the volume pot. You end up with the tone control connected via the capacitor to the output of the volume pot.

That's it. You'll notice a quicker response when turning your tone contol back and more high end when the tone is rolled back as well.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-20-2004, 05:17 PM
 
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Interesting. I may try this. THe duncan 59 i have in the neck position of my rg520qs has an AMAZING tone with the knob rolled back anyways. Much like my les paul's, but not quite as controllable.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-20-2004, 09:59 PM Thread Starter
 
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I think you'll like it. I find that on my JS-ized HH 540R, I'll often not bother with the high-pass thing at lower volumes anymore. This mod still isn't as bright as with the high-pass, but it sounds more like what a guitar should sound like when the volume is low. The high-pass thing feels artificial to me.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-17-2011, 05:39 PM
 
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Re: Use Gibson 50s style wiring to get more tone control

Wow this was really and awsome tip, this is definately something i'm going to try, since i was going to replace the volume pot on my JS1000 with a Shadow Killswitch.. so i would have lost the highpass filter, but thanx, i'll try
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