Les Paul Wiring Kit
This Les Paul Wiring Kit is a powerful upgrade for the stock electronics of your Gibson/Epiphone 335 Packed with high quality components from top manufacturers, its an inexpensive way to improve the tonality of your guitar.
Our Les Paul wiring kit is a direct replacement for Gibson guitars, and is also compatible with Epiphone/import models with a little modification. When installing on an Epiphone or import guitar, you may need to widen the control knob holes to ensure the pots fit. You may also need to replace your current guitar knobs with their imperial sized cousins.
All of our kits come with an easy to follow wiring diagram. For help on using our Les Paul wiring kit please refer to our video guide on wiring a Les Paul .
The Les Paul Wiring Kit includes:
- 4 x 500k Matched audio taper pots (10% tolerance)
- 2 x .022uf Capacitors (Orange Drop or Paper in Oil)
- 1 x Switchcraft USA toggle switch - short or long frame (long frame supplied with Deep thread nut)
- 5ft Gavitt Braided Push back hookup wire
- 1 x Switchcraft USA 1/4'' jack socket
- 50cm tinned copper wire
- Heat shrink tubing
Lookng for a different colour switch tip? Check out our range of Switchcraft compatible tips here
Orange Drop Capacitor
Orange Drop capacitors are often described as the magic ingredient for vintage tone. Installed as standard in many Gibson models since 2014, and used by professional builders worldwide, their primary benefit comes from their reliability and consistent tone. And they essentially never fail. For a professional guitarist, stability and consistency is what you need in an instrument that has to play shows night after night, which is exactly why Orange Drop capacitors are so popular amongst guitarists and guitar builders.
CTS Audio Taper Pots
CTS pots are typically used by high-end guitar builders and techs but this is not due to any difference in tone. The main reason cited for using CTS pots is that they will last longer due to a more sturdy construction, and for that reason you’ll often find them used in USA-made guitars and guitar gear.
We supply audio taper pots for both volume and tone as these produce a smoother and more rounded sweep. All pots are metered and matched to ensure a perfect balance of tone and volume across all switch positions.
Switchcraft 3 way toggle switch
Large guitar manufacturers will very often cut corners by using cheaper components, particularly on the input jack. Switchcraft have a great reputation for using only the highest quality materials in their input components, providing a significant durability and performance upgrade over cheaper parts.
Switchcraft Mono Output Jack
Regarded as one of the best in the industry. Imperial Thread, made in the USA.
Gavitt Braided Shielded Wire
Used in the majority of high-end, genuine Gibson guitars, Gavitt Braided Shielded Wire is a clever invention that utilises the outer 'braided' portion as the ground whilst the hot runs inside the outer braid to connect up your volume and input jacks. This greatly reduces the number of wires inside the cramped cavities of most Gibson/Epiphone models, making the whole re-wiring process simpler and cleaner.
Gavitt Cloth Push Back Wire
Paper-in-Oil Cap Upgrade
Want an extra vintage tone upgrade? Add Paper-in-Oil caps instead of Orange Drop. Paper in Oil (PIO) capacitors are an older technology, highly sought after primarily due to their use in many vintage instruments such as 50s era Gibsons. The capacitor is literally filled with paper and a special oil before being sealed in thermoplastic, delivering a darker, warmer and smoother tone.
Perfect for insulating joints, and for funnelling wires through tight spots. An excellent and inexpensive way of keeping your wiring tidy. You will need a heat gun or the shaft of a soldering iron to shrink the tubing once fitted!
Short shaft or long shaft Pots?
If you're unsure which switch you need, go for the long shaft. They'll fit the majority of guitar brands and models. However see below for information on specific models:
Short shaft - Epiphone, Tokai and most Les Paul copies.
Long shaft - All Gibson models, except:
Historic Reissue (R4/R5/R6/R7/R8/R9/R0)