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Old October 10th, 2017, 07:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Original electronics or not?

http://www.gibson-talk.com/forum/att...1&d=1507638282


Dear,
I'm kinda new in the world of Les Paul's
Now I have the chance to bey a '90 Custom, which is, according to the seller, 100% original.
However, the electronics, as in the picture, don't look untouched.
And shouldn't there be a metal plate underneath the pots?

What do you think?
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Old October 10th, 2017, 09:23 AM   #2 (permalink)
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While that wiring does look to be modified, it could just mean that the owner changed pickups at some time. Check to see if there are still Gibson pickups.
And, as far as the metal plate, it was not usually found in the early 90's models. I believe that it was added to insure a ground between components. The yellow wire connecting the pots would have been sufficient in this configuration.
Coincidentally, I had an 82 custom that was wired just like that from the factory.
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Old October 10th, 2017, 01:47 PM   #3 (permalink)
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This is a picture of the bridge-pup. It looks to be genuine. Therefore, what's the need for all the soldering? I've seen configurations like this before, but then there's no yellow wire used, but a bare metal wire.
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Old October 10th, 2017, 02:09 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I'm still thinking that the owner switched pickups, and possibly put them back in for whatever reason. At some point he replaced the bare ground conductor with an insulated one, which is actually the preferred method.
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Old October 10th, 2017, 05:30 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Very bad job...
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Old October 10th, 2017, 07:37 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I've done sloppier jobs than that! And I've done better. But yeah, that is not original wiring, for whatever reason.
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