Need to replace selector switch so may as well upgrade the pots

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  1. chrisoldroyd

    chrisoldroyd New Member

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    My Epiphone G400 Pro has a bit of a flaky selector switch so I was thinking I might just replace all the electrics while I am in there. So what do you guys recommend for new pots and switches and are they worth doing?

    Thanks
    Chris
     
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    Definitely worth doing, electronics are one of the usual problems with Epiphones.

    I've used CTS, Alpha and Gotoh pots and they're all fine, the second two will fit the holes in your Epi.

    Switchcraft make great switches, but the cheaper copies are usually fine too. In truth though, your current switch might just need a shot of contact cleaner.
     
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    +1 cleaner- Deoxit

    It's not just the brand. You have to decide what taper you like: audio or linear, or in between custom taper. Then what value: most use 500k, but some vintage guitars used a little lower. It's a very personal thing for many of us.
     
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    You do not need to throw away your money. Cleaner/lubricating spray 2 or 3 times a year will take care of the switch. As for pots, if they ain't broke, don't fix it is my motto. But if they start to act, same treatment as the switch. I have 15 year old Epiphones with stock electronics and they perform flawlessly.
     
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    Agreed!

    Deoxit is a great brand sold by many stores including Guitar Center. A can will last for a year or more. A little goes a long way.
     
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    chrisoldroyd New Member

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    What do you do with that? Do you just give the contacts a spray? Also realised I have coil splitting so not as easy to change the pots anyway.
     
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    Yep, just spray a bit onto the underside of the switch or into the opening in the pots, then work them back and forth a bit.

    Those cheap push/pull pots will eventually break, mine did quite easily. I personally didn't care for the split sound so I replaced them with regular pots. It's not difficult at all if you know how to solder properly. Just find a schematic online, the Seymour Duncan site is a great resource.
     
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    Col Mustard Well-Known Member

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    IMHO coil splitting on hum bucker guitars is a boondoggle...
    and not necessary. Maybe that's because I like the tone from
    real single coil p'ups, such as P-90s. AND I like the tone from
    hum buckers, and feel no need to alter it. That's just me.

    I agree with my colleagues above, who suggest the DeOxit spray
    treatment. My suggestions are to try the easiest and least expensive
    solution first, and only get more complicated and more expensive
    if the easy way is not effective.

    That said, I have replaced the electronics on both my Epiphones, and
    love the tone that they give me now. IMHO Epiphone guitars respond
    very well to upgrades, and I have modded mine completely.

    If you decide to install a high quality wiring harness, you can either
    build it yourself and spend less money, or you can buy one ready made
    and spend less time. Your call. Time and money are both assets, they
    are both valuable, and they are both limited. Which do you have more of?

    If you decide to install a high quality wiring harness, you could get rid of
    the coil splitting setup, and install traditional wiring (which is my suggestion).
    But here are a lot of choices:

    https://www.stewmac.com/Pickups_and_Electronics/Wiring_Kits/
     
  9. Bill Moore

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    I replaced the pots, jack, and switch in my G-400. I used coil splitting and standard CTS pots, Orange Drops, and a Gibson switch. I had to shave the cavity to get enough clearance for the switch nut.
    It is really tight in the cavity!
     

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