How to Wire an Epiphone Les Paul Special Guitar

Written by matthew anderson
  • Share
  • Tweet
  • Share
  • Email

The Epiphone Les Paul Special guitar uses a slightly different control schematic than is typical of Gibson or Epiphone Les Paul guitars. The Les Paul Special has two humbucker pickups and a three-way switch, which are standard for Les Paul guitars. The difference is that the Les Paul Special only has a single volume and tone potentiometer that controls both pickups rather than having separate potentiometers for both pickups. This changes how the guitar needs to be wired to function.

Skill level:
Easy

Other People Are Reading

Things you need

  • 2 Humbuckers
  • 1 three-way switch
  • 1 volume potentiometer
  • 1 tone potentiometer
  • 1 output jack
  • 1 0.047 capacitor
  • Wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Soldering iron
  • Electrician’s solder

Show MoreHide

Instructions

  1. 1

    Solder the hot wire of the neck humbucker of the Epiphone Les Paul Special guitar to the three-way switch. You should solder it to the leftmost prong of the switch if the group of three prongs is facing down. Place the tip of the soldering iron on the electrician’s solder so that a drop melts onto the tip of the iron. Place this drop onto the end of the hot wire and the switch prong. It will solidify almost instantaneously once the soldering iron is removed. The colour of the hot wire will vary based on the manufacturer of the pickup.

  2. 2

    Solder the hot wire from the bridge pickup to the right-most prong of the three-way switch. Use the same procedure as used in Step 1.

  3. 3

    Solder a wire to the centre prong of the three-way switch in the group of three prongs. Solder the other end of the wire to the right-most prong (if the prongs are facing down) of the tone potentiometer.

  4. 4

    Solder a wire to the prong on the three-way switch that is separate from the group of three prongs already used. Solder the other end of this wire to the back of the volume potentiometer. This can be anywhere on the back of the potentiometer; this is the switch’s grounding wire.

  5. 5

    Solder the grounding wires for both humbucker pickups to the back of the volume potentiometer.

  6. 6

    Solder together the two remaining wires for the neck humbucker together. You only need to do this for some pickup models.

  7. 7

    Solder together the two remaining wires for the bridge humbucker together. You only need to do this for some pickup models.

  8. 8

    Bend the right-most prong of the volume potentiometer (if the prongs are facing down) so that it touches the back of the volume pot. Solder this prong in place.

  9. 9

    Solder a wire to the leftmost prong of the volume pot. Solder the other end of the wire to the right-most prong of the tone pot.

  10. 10

    Solder the 0.047 capacitor to the centre prong of the tone pot. Solder the other end of the capacitor to the back of the tone pot.

  11. 11

    Solder the wire connected to the guitar bridge to the back of the tone pot.

  12. 12

    Solder a wire to the back of the volume pot. Solder the other end of the wire to the back of the tone pot.

  13. 13

    Solder a wire to the back of the tone pot. Solder the other end of the wire to the sleeve of the output jack. The sleeve is the prong of the output jack connected to the inner metal circle.

  14. 14

    Solder a wire to the centre prong of the volume pot. Solder the other end of the wire to the remaining prong of the output jack.

Tips and warnings

  • Check the manufacturer’s guidelines for pickups before wiring a guitar. The exact pickups used in the Epiphone Les Paul Special guitar may vary based on when it was manufactured. Contact Epiphone if you are unsure what pickups are installed in your guitar. The same colour wire can mean different things for different pickup manufacturers. In some cases, the same pickup can even use different wiring colours from year to year.
  • The tip of the soldering iron gets extremely hot. Do not touch it when in use.

Don't Miss

Filter:
  • All types
  • Articles
  • Slideshows
  • Videos
Sort:
  • Most relevant
  • Most popular
  • Most recent

No articles available

No slideshows available

No videos available

By using the eHow.co.uk site, you consent to the use of cookies. For more information, please see our Cookie policy.