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Wiring Loom - For Epiphone® Les Paul®*

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Epiphone® Les Paul® - Wiring

This is a wiring loom designed to fit into a Epiphone® Les Paul, or similar guitar - differeing slightly from the version which would be "Gibson® suitable, because it uses medium shaft pots, rather then long, to accomidate for the thinner tops on Epiphone® and other far eastern produced guitars.

Its worth noting that all Epiphone® guitars come with metric (8mm) holes as standard for the pots, and this loom is supplied with Imperial CTS pots (9.5mm) - however, we do offer metric 8mm CTS pots under the "Wiring - Extras" sections if you dont have the heart to drill out your guitar to take the larger diameter pots. Just be aware that they are a little more expensive.

Built here in the UK to order using CTS pots, Switchcraft socket and switch, 22 AWG waxed cloth wire with the braided external screen and Cornell Dubliner (formerly Sprague) “Orange Drop” capacitors – all in all, about the highest stamp of parts that are available on the market.

Its probably more common then ever for people to be upgrading and tweaking their "mid range" guitars to bring them into the same leagues as the "top end" stuff on the market, and its fair to say no other guitar line gets as much attention as the humble Epiphone® Les Paul® - in recent years, improvements in construction and finishing have meant they're a great foundation for this sort of thing.

But, as always with recent Epis, and infact, most other guitars made in the far east, the electronics normally leave a little to be desired, so this loom is a fantastic jumping off point to take your Korean, Japanese, Indonesian and Chinese guitars (be they Paul-a-likes, or anything with the characteristic 4 controls down the bottom, toggle switch up at the top bout!) to the next dimension.

So with that in mind, we’re making this pre-assembled loom up as a drop in replacement or upgrade for your guitars – dead easy to fit, just attach the pickups to the respective volume pot, connect the ground wire from the bridge to the ground loop - and your away – everything else has been done for you. Be aware though (and this isn't a hard and fast rule weirdly) - depending on your guitar, you may have to remove the switch from the loom to thread the wires through (its not too bad a job though, everything is colour coded, heat shrunk for safety -removing and re-connecting the switch is no harder then connecting your pickups.

Wiring Extras

Believe it or not, we actually quite like making these looms - its pretty rewarding sending stuff like this out into the real world, where its making instant improvements to peoples playing, their tone improves, and they end up enjoying their guitars that little bit more as a result (and, honestly, the tech support is a little easier when you know the electronics are 100%!) - so we're working to make them a little more customisable too! Just means you can get the loom exactly as you want it.

Coil Splitting
With a Les Paul®, the most common request we get is Coil Splitting on push pots - so its great to be able to offer that now.

Dead easy to get your head around - you can have a push pull CTS pot, replacing any of the other pots in the loom (either volume or Tone, either position), and that'll handle the coil splitting of one pickup, or you can have 2 push pots fitted (either both volumes, or both tones), and they'll handle the splitting of 2 pickups (one on each pot)

Best to check if your existing/new pickups have access to the joint between the coils though (so, you'll have 4 or 5 wires coming from the pickup (Live, Negative, Screen (which connects to negative to make a ground) and either 1 or 2 wires which are the join in the coils) - without access to the join, you wont be able to use a coil tap (atleast not without some serious modification to your pickup!)

Knobs and Tips

Beyond that, you've got the easy stuff - Knobs and Tips incase you need them (with a nice little discount for buying it all together!), just the standard stuff really - Top hats and Witch hats, and Switchcraft Tips

Pot Thread/Diameter

Thread type as mentioned earlier is a bit of a tricky one. Remember - Epis are metric 8mm as stock, this loom isn't - so you're either drilling/filing out the holes (which was the only option before CTS released metrics), or you pay a little extra to have us fit the Metric CTS pots. (If we could give you the Metric pots for the same price, trust me - we would! They cost more to produce, so its got to be passed on I'm afraid.)

Technical Brief

500k Pots (Linear Tone, Logarithmic Volume), 3 way toggle, mono output, 0.022 capacitor, wired to the "modern" standard

Please note – these assemblies are made to order, and as such, come under the rules and regulations pertaining to custom work in regards of returns.

Also note – these are not official Gibson® or Epiphone® part

Average Rating: 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 4 Write a review »

  3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
New wiring loom for Epiphone November 6, 2017
Reviewer: Kevin Dearling from Dorset, United Kingdom  
Emailed Craig for advice on which loom and size pots i would need. Loom arrived promptly and was fitted the same weekend. Great workmanship, couldn't do it a neat as that! Guitar sounds and works like it should now.
Cheers Craig for all the help and advice.

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Left Handed Custom Loom - Gibson Upgrade May 25, 2015
Reviewer: Peter from Farnham, UK  
Fitted loom (put Pio caps from Cold War Russia, Couldn't help myself!).
The difference is phenomenal. A tone circuit that works.
And the real guitar sounds have come out. No more PCB!!!

Many thanks

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  2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
CTS Switchcraft pre wired loom March 1, 2014
Reviewer: Andy Baker from milford on sea, Hampshire England  
Recently purchased a prewired loom and it arrived in next to no time packed in a funky little box which has become a cool spare parts box now. The loom itself is lovely and the components are typical top quality. I retrofitted a custom deluxe tele with some P90s and used this loom to complete the job.. Other than a little hole reaming for the fat shafted pots (not a lot.... easy) the loom fell into place nicely. I had to de and re solder the jack wire to gain an inch for fit but otherwise it was a doddle.
I know you cant see the upgrade but trust me, this is pro stuff and if you want pro kit then I can only say to start here.. You wont regret it.. Oh, and the tele is a total tone hound now!!

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  2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
Thanks for all your help, advice and great service January 6, 2014
Reviewer: Richard Hinton from United Kingdom  
Well, the loom turned up this morning. Very nicely put together. Love the box it came in too!

I have just finished the install. All very straight forward. I had to de-solder the switch to install it, which wasn't a problem but it just didn't look quite as neatly done after I had re- soldered it!

Widening the holes for the CTS pots was a breeze. Five minutes with a bit of rolled up sand paper and they popped in. The loom length is perfect, not too long but with enough slack to be able to install everything without putting strain on the solder joints.

The new loom combined with the Bareknuckle pickups has made a massive difference. My Epiphone Les Paul now sounds sublime.

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