Epiphone les paul wiring

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  1. Willmunny

    Willmunny Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    I have a 2018 epi les paul that came with push pull pots for an underwhelming coil split. I bought a classic wiring kit with the idea of converting it to "normal ". However there are extra wires coming off the pickups.
    Does anyone know which is which? Or should just order some new pickups? 20201018_123737.jpg 20201018_123805.jpg 20201018_124032.jpg
     
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    For Epiphone humbuckers - the color code is...

    Red=Hot
    Black/Bare=Ground
    White & Green=Series Links for Coil Splitting & Series/parallel switching.

    So, for normal non split humbucker wiring, you solder and tape off white and green.....

    They use the same colors as Gibson pickups

    The 5th and LARGEST black wire is probably a case ground..... (top in your pic)
     
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    RoyC Senior Stratmaster

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    Just enter epiphone les paul wiring diagram into Google.
    There is loads of information there.
     
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    Willmunny Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    Thank you kindly folks
     
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    Baelzebub Most Honored Senior Member

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    Mind if I as which model? And why go to all that trouble? Couldn't you accomplish the same thing but just leaving the coil splits in humbucker mode?
     
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    Willmunny Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    It's a traditional pro 3. One of the volume pots went out and I just wanted to replace everything. Tbh I am not the brightest bulb in the chandelier
     
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    @Guitarmageddon is correct.

    I just did this job on a g400 Pro (SG) that had the same wiring harness. Seems to be a common problem, the knobs fit tight and the push-pull pots they use aren't very sturdy.

    I had to enlarge the hole slightly to fit a Bourns push/pull (I got mine from Amazon for about $7). I'm sure there are better prices out there, but I didn't want to buy in bulk.
     
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    Baelzebub Most Honored Senior Member

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    I'm kinda low wattage myself. That's why I asked. That and I have an ES-Pro that's got Probuckers with coil splitting and I love it's tones. So I thought maybe you had different pups in yours or something.

    I guess if you have a bad pot lowering the pups won't help till you get it fixed. Have you tried some deoxit on it and/or checked for cold solder joints?
     
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    Willmunny Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    I think the pickups are the classic pro and classic pro plus. I am certainly happy with them. To me the split seemed like the same tone with less volume. It was like 329$ new, so I don't mind replacing a few things here and there.
     
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    I've never heard a coil split that sounded worth a damn to me, but I played an Epi LP that had a push/pull for series/parallel that was VERY cool and useable.
     
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    Willmunny Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    Thanks for the help. As always you are the best. This took longer than I expected, mostly because of my lack of experience , but I am very happy with the results.
    Less noise, the controls are smooth as silk and the range of tone seems to have increased.