Published at Tuesday, March 26th, 2019 - 02:24:28 AM. wiring. By Yvonne Aubert.
A common problem. Using a Varitone or Varitone variation means switching capacitance. Depending on the switch’s design and its location in the circuit, this can result in a loud popping noise in a passive guitar wiring scheme if you switch capacitors. You can prevent this by turning down your guitar’s volume pot or putting your amp on standby, but what if you want to use the rotary switch mid-song? There’s an easy solution: Get some 10M resistors. (I like 1/4-watt metal-film resistors because of their small size, but you can use any resistor type or voltage you want, so long as it has the correct resistance.) Solder one between the rotary switch’s center input lug (labeled “Center lug connects to volume pot lug 3” in Joe’s diagram) and the lug the capacitor is connected to. You need to use a separate resistor for each capacitor, which means a total of three resistors if you follow Joe’s diagram.
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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