Published at Tuesday, March 26th, 2019 - 15:15:00 PM. wiring. By Olympe Leclerc.
Another problem I ran into with probe-type LWCOs is foaming. Remember I said that probe-type LWCOs use the water in the boiler to close a circuit? Well, if you didn’t clean the boiler water according to the manufacturer’s instructions, instead of water, you can have foam in the boiler. Oil and dirt are in the water and as it boils, it sends the water rushing into the steam pipes; what’s left in the boiler foams up and the boiler thinks it has water and keeps running. This usually leads to a cracked boiler. The moral to this story: No matter what kind of LWCO you use, clean the boiler or get the homeowner to clean it. Personally I like float types, but either LWCO works if the boiler water is clean.
Ready to explore some more alternative Les Paul wirings? We first traveled this road a few months ago in a previous column, so I feel it’s high time we revisit the topic. Just so we’re all on the same page: When we discuss “Les Paul mods” in PG, we’re typically referring to a dual-humbucker configuration with individual volume and tone controls for each pickup. This means you can apply these mods to virtually any guitar with similar configurations, such as ES-335s and SGs, as well as countless other models from many manufacturers.
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