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Offline RemoWilliams84

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Installing Gibson Classic 57's in HB-35
« on: November 23, 2010, 07:50:26 AM »
Hi all, I'm new to the forum, fairly new to Washburn, and will soon be doing my first major guitar electronics upgrade. So I have a question.

I've purchased a set Gibson classic 57 and classic 57 plus humbuckers to go in my Washburn HB-35S.  I called Washburn and they said this is a 1995 model and has a Sycamore top. My question is, are there any electronics that I need to upgrade when I upgrade the humbuckers? Wiring, pots, anything?

I really love the feel of this guitar, but the original pickups are still in it and they are very muddy sounding. I'm hoping the 57's will give me the clarity I'm looking for. Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance for the help.
-Remo
 

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« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2010, 08:29:48 AM »
Sounds like an excellent idea to me. I have similar intentions for my -35 at some point.

My opinion is that if you're going to go to the trouble of removing the pots to resolder new p'ups, why wouldn't you change the pots and switch and jack as well. What is the extra cost of these items? Pretty small. And from what I know of semi electronics work, it's a bear. Not like you just pop the back cover and change a pot when it goes bad.

That's my opinion. If you're going to pull it all anyway, put it all back together new. Odds are you're going to have a legitimate beast for years to come, with less risk of a bad pot around the corner.

Enjoy, and let us know how it goes!!
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« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2010, 09:59:34 AM »
Thanks for the input. A guy at work suggested replacing the capacitors. Said something about the ohms. Any suggestion on pots and capacitors?  What kind? Anything to stay away from?
 

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« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2010, 03:05:39 PM »
caps
http://www.allparts.com/022-inchOrange-Drop-inch-Capacitors-p/ep-4382-000.htm?click=19167
pots
http://www.specialtyguitars.com/p/05-03015.html

these are the products my pro tech used when he rewired my Idol with Duncan passive humbuckers, I love the sound, and the pots, in my case two volume and two tone with split, work great.
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'02 Heritage 535
'12 Heritage 150
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Marshall AS50D
Little Lanilei 3350LT
Champlifier
Boogie DC-2

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« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2010, 08:16:57 PM »
I have replaced all the guts in a DOT I sold. There is a video on youTube. Search for it. It was a big help. If you DIY allow plenty of time. At least a couple of hours. For the pickup setup go to the Duncan site and watch the video of him replacing humbuckers in a LP.