The wiring and construction of this Prewired Kit corresponds to the Flying V models of 1958, with the potentiometers arranged in a row. As with the original, all wiring is done with Vintage Braided Shield Wire. The kit is available as 50's Vintage or Original '58 Flying V Wiring. There are also two different capacitors to choose from. The 0.02uf Sprague "Chiclet" or "Phonebook" caps were in use in the original 58er model, and provide for authentic style. The Bumblebee Caps are known to everyone at Les Paul.
What's the difference between Gibson 50's vs. Original '58 Wiring?
Original '58 Wiring
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BECAUSE WE ARE ONLY SATISFIED WITH THE BEST.
All our prewired kits have matched pots and caps. This means that we measure all potentiometers and capacitors before installation, select them, and use them according to their values where they deliver the best possible result in combination with the pickups. This is important because original pots have tolerances of up to +-20%. In extreme cases, a 500k pot can have values of only 400k or up to 600k ohms. Not infrequently good pickups are replaced unnecessarily, because they sound muddy, weak or thin. In reality, however, the problem is often not due to bad pickups, but simply to inferior wiring, which mercilessly destroys the actually perfect sound.
We compared enormous quantities of capacitors in interaction with various pickups and thus determined the most suitable tone caps under real conditions. The capacitors are hand-selected HQ film capacitors with very low tolerance, very similar in design to the originals from the fifties. The vintage paper wax skin gives the caps an additional look. Our capacitors are so close to the originals of the 50's that nobody will hear a difference.
In all our kits only the best components from well-known manufacturers like CTS, Switchcraft, CRL or Oak Grigsby are used. All kits are carefully manufactured in small quantities and professionally handcrafted, and delivered to satisfied customers all over the world.