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Old May 17th, 2013, 09:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Gibson Lucille questions

I just got this guitar in a trade yesterday, and I'm in love with it. I just have one question. The guitar has a stero and a mono input jacks. For some reason i have to change inputs depending on which pickup I want to use. I can select the other pickup but it is very faint to hear. Is this normal? If so it's kind of annoying I'm a les paul guy.
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Old May 17th, 2013, 09:58 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Pickup "faint" is very annoying. I have a semi with the same problem that cannot be deduced! If you figure it out, please post. Lucille cats will be able to help...I can only comment.

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Old May 17th, 2013, 10:08 AM   #3 (permalink)
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As of right now if I want to change pickups I have to select the one (with the knob of course) and change the input jack on my guitar.
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Old May 17th, 2013, 10:38 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I have a 345 with the same situation. I thought one of the jacks was suppose to work both pickups mono, but the only way I can use both pickups in the normal fashion is to use a Y-jack into the guitar.
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That Lucille should work the same way a Les Paul does with a mono cable in the mono jack.
IF you run in the stereo jack with a mono cable, you will only get one pickup.
This is the neck pickup on my '66 ES-345, which only has a stereo jack. (I've been dealing with a stereo Gibson since I bought this 345 new in '67.)
Ime, if you are using a mono cable in the mono jack and you are not getting both pickups as 'normal' with Gibson wiring, there is something else wrong.
When using the stereo jack, one obviously has to have either a stereo cable with a stereo plug going into the jack and two monos at the other end...or as with my single jack 345....a stereo plug at the guitar with a mono plug wired with both pickup leads going to the tip of that mono plug for the 'amp' end of the cable.
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Old May 20th, 2013, 08:32 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I haven't had time to look in the back panel yet, later when I get home I'll open It up and see if anything looks funny. I'll post some pics too.
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Old May 21st, 2013, 07:26 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Picks inside the control cavity

So I opened up the control cavity last night and I didn't see anything that looked strange to me. Let me know what you guys think. I'm starting to think that maybe this is the way the guitar is supposed to be made.
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stringfellow, take a look at those two output jacks. Is one of them a stereo jack,
with tip/ring/sleeve connections, while the other one is a mono tip/sleeve jack?
IF I had the guitar in front of me, I would be able to trace out what goes where; but ime you should be able to run a mono cable out of one of those jacks and have both pickups available and swtichable at the 3-way toggle switch.
IF for some strange reason there are two mono---tip/sleeve---jacks, then one would have to run a mono cable out of each jack in order to access both pickups. I can's see Gibson doing this, and this is not the way the Lucilles and B.B. King Gibsons that I have worked on work operate.
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Old May 22nd, 2013, 08:31 AM   #10 (permalink)
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It seems like to me each input is for each pickup, I can plug in the one jack and use the bridge pickup fine but then when I select the neck pickup while still plugged into the same jack the neck pickup would be barely heard, Even with the amp turned all the way up.
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