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FDP Forum / Guitar Mods, Repairs, and Projects / Epiphone Dot wiring harness and pickup replacment

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Memphis, TN

Jun 15th, 2017 08:17 AM   Edit   Profile  

Replacing the pickups and the wiring harness with CTS potentiometers, paper and oil capacitors, upgrading to quality components on an Epiphone Dot Deluxe.

Pickups are Stewart McDonald Parson Street PAF replicas.

I’ve used Seymour Duncan, DiMarzio, Bill Lawrence, Lindy Fralin, Jason Lollar, WCR, and many others in the past, but was *very* surprised at how well these nail that “3D bloom".

Why all the fish tank tubing ?

That's because all the wires and components need to be fished thru the F-Hole cavity on semi-hollow body guitars that don’t have access covers like Les Paul’s or removable pickguard that mounts the controls such as a Stratocaster, and then up thru their respective holes.

Feed tubing thru the holes, line it up and attach it to the pots and gently pull it all into place.

It still takes alot of patience and wiggling things into place.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that the stock pickups that were in there had connectors to attach them to the existing wiring harness.

If I didn’t want to replace the harness and controls, it would have been very simple to swap them out.

So that being said, I attached these connectors to the new pickups and harness respectively so in the event I want to change them out in the future, it would be a snap !

Epiphone Dot wiring 1

(This message was last edited by Stratmanx at 08:17 PM, Jun 15th, 2017)

Contributing Member

Memphis, TN

Jun 15th, 2017 08:20 AM   Edit   Profile  

Wiring harness and pots, caps and pickups installed.

Patience is a serious must while doing this. But that being said, good prep work, going over the procedure many times on video and getting your head wrapped around the concept of how to get all that stuff in there and then laid out neatly wasn’t as difficult as I thought.

Though I'll not be going out of my way to see how many of these I can do in the future, one's enough for a while !

Epiphone Dot wiring 2

Contributing Member

Memphis, TN

Jun 15th, 2017 08:21 AM   Edit   Profile  

So out of curiosity, What is a ballpark number that a shop would charge to replace the wiring and pickups in a 335 type guitar ?

$150 or so ?

More ?

M Tracy
Contributing Member

Lafayette IN

Jun 15th, 2017 08:39 AM   Edit   Profile  

I don't know what a real shop would charge, I'd charge 2 dozen cookies and a pizza.
Looks like you did a good job. Now do a 345, that's the real fun.

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So. Cal. USA

Jun 15th, 2017 09:32 AM   Edit   Profile  

Nice work! I also have a Dot Deluxe and installed the Parsons St. PAF clones. Really nice PUs IMO. I didn't do the harness but replaced the switch. I had to replace the output jack earlier as Epi stripped it during install and it would not tighten up. It was ultra cheap anyway.

I've wired a few of these over the years. It's about a 1 1/2 - 2 hour job $80-90 is about right.

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My Fame is Cropped
Jun 15th, 2017 09:43 AM   Edit   Profile  

I still have to dig into my Ibanez AM93L and rewire the pots rightee.

I use a couple feet of fishing line tied to the pot shafts. Or yarn. Or string.

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New Jersey

I'm back with the otters again
Jun 15th, 2017 10:13 AM   Edit   Profile  

Recent job on an Epi Joe Pass to replace the pickups, install new CTS pots, Switchcraft jack and upgrade the wiring with cloth pull-back shielded wire. Parts and labor was $176 and the customer was annoyed at the price. Its an involved job. The entire harness come out of the bridge pickup hole which is a little easier than some but you need to take your time if you want to do this properly.

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Memphis, TN

Jun 15th, 2017 06:46 PM   Edit   Profile  

And then you've got this guy on a Dot.

Greg Koch Epiphone Dot



Jun 15th, 2017 08:57 PM   Edit   Profile  

"the customer was annoyed at the price"

Sounds like my life all day every day. Heh.



Don't watch my foot!
Jul 3rd, 2017 09:32 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have done a few of these semi acoustic re-wirings over the years. It always takes longer than anticipated. That said, I have gotten it down to attaching fishing lines to only the jack and the bridge pu volume shaft -- the rest I can seem to pinky finger in.
I recently rewired my Highland 335 knock off with Gibson 57s and a prewired 50s style harness. Made a huge difference to my ears.

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