Published at Tuesday, March 26th, 2019 - 15:11:18 PM. wiring. By Olympe Leclerc.
He loves a rich, woody tone with nice overtones, so a certain cap from Roederstein is his standard. But he also wanted a warm, woolly tone as well as a slightly mid-scooped one, so we installed a rotary switch with his beloved Roederstein cap for the standard sound, a NOS paper-in-oil cap for the warm tone, and a standard “orange drop” cap for a slightly scooped sound. All three caps were 0.033 µF. The original Varitone design. The original Gibson Varitone design used an inductor to create a series of notch filters together with the capacitors. Personally, I think adding the inductor is not the best choice. The design may have worked in the ’50s, but today most of us are looking for different tones. (Joe described the tone of the original design in his article.)
That’s it! In a future column we’ll close this chapter with Les Paul master wiring #3. Meanwhile, we’ll tackle a different guitar mod next time. Until then … keep on modding!
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