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Discussion in 'Electromatic Gretsch Forum' started by Sean McILwaine, Jan 13, 2013.
WOW!!! That looks great!! I'm interested in how you make out with the CTS pots. I want to change mine out but every time I look into the control cavity I get scared. I can't make heads or tails of the wiring. It looks like a rats nest in there. I have many Gibson SG s that I replaced the harness in and it was a breeze.
I also want to eliminate the "master" volume.
I'm going to wire it up 'Setzer-Custom'-style:
(2) pickups to 3-way Switch, then to (1) 500K Volume Pot, then straight to the Output-Jack.
I have really NEVER used the Tone pot on any guitar for my 38 years of playing. Plus, I can always wire up the Tone pots if I feel like it later. The other 3 pots are just there to hold the set-screw knobs, since it originally had split-shaft China pots...
I also 'PhotoShop'-ped the (2) screw holes out of the picture left over from removing the B-50 vibrato... lol
Will plug with hardwood dowel later & touch-up
That's how I'm planning on wiring it...
Ok. That looks simple enough. Another thing that's holding me back is how I'm going to fish the wires through the body.
How are you going to do it?
I used to run telephone/data wires in large buildings. You use a thin, sturdy 'pull-string' that is twisted & taped to your old wires, so as you pull each old wire out, it pulls a sturdy pull-string IN.
Then, you do the same with the new wiring. When you pull the pull-string OUT, it pulls the new wire IN. Use a bit of extra string and extra new wire to give yourself a comfortable margin to work with. No prob.
I used pull-strings instead of the 'rubber-tubing' shown in the TV Jones video when I changed-out my pickups in my G5120. GOOD video though, to show folks the pickup change-out procedure.
Just don't have a splice come apart during a 'pull'. I speak from experience- lol
The best way is to fashion one of the wire-ends into a little 'hook' and then make a string 'loop' into a slip-knot. Hook the 2 ends together, twisting each one tight until there's no loose 'play'. Then tape the junction up & you're good to go.
They don't come apart unless you skimp on wire, or you don't twist it down tight enough, or your string's 'slip-knot' comes undone...