Wiring Harness for Gibson USA Les Paul • 1957-1959 Drifted Bumblebees
This is the ideal upgrade your Gibson Les Paul Traditional, Classic Standard, or any USA model with long shafts. Our handwired harness is built with authentic, Bumblebee capacitors from the 50s to give you the most authentic vintage tone available in a harness today.
These capacitors are a great way to get authentic vintage tone for about the same price as other harnesses with reissue caps. For more information on these vintage drifted capacitors, read our blog post here.
Available with these options:
Mylar or PIO Bees. Both were used on Gibson guitars in the late 50s. The PIO (paper in oil) caps cost more to source, so they're considered an upgrade over mylar, though both are vintage correct. PIO is easy to identify by the small tube on one end that was used to add the oil during manufacturing (see photos).
An optional Woman Tone mod is available at no additional cost. Woman Tone refers to the smooth, dark sound associated with Clapton's lead tone in the late 60s. We install a lower value cap (.01 range) in the neck position. By selecting the neck pickup and rolling the tone knob all the way off, you can quickly dial in with this harness.
Add the toggle and jack. Base price includes two vintage capacitors, four CTS pots pre-wired and ready to install. A Switchcraft nickel toggle switch package with pre-measured vintage braided wire installed, shrink tubing, and jack is available as an optional add-on.
Please make your selections from the menu at the top of this description.
We use the finest long-shaft 500k CTS pots for the smoothest rolloff on each pot. Tolerance is less than 10% all the way around.
Please note that our caps are selected based on what they read now, not their original readings, so the color of the stripes on the Bees will vary.