Published at Tuesday, March 26th, 2019 - 02:20:46 AM. wiring. By Yvonne Aubert.
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.
Having a master tone and two separate volume controls in a dual-humbucker—aka HH—configuration is nothing new. In fact, it’s widely used by such companies as Ibanez, Schecter, and Charvel. Cap and trade. The basics of this wiring are easy, as you see in Fig. 1. Again, each of the pickups has a dedicated volume control, yet they share one common tone control. Because it’s not possible to use different tone caps for each pickup with this wiring, you have to decide what tone cap will work best for both pickups. For most factory stock wirings like this, the value is 0.022 µF. But in a HH configuration, many players like the classic 0.022 µF for the bridge pickup and a 0.01 µF tone cap for the neck pickup, so a practical compromise is a value of 0.015 µf.
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