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 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.
Both mylar and PIO Bees were used on Gibson guitars in the late 50s. The PIO 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 on all of our harnesses for Gibson USA guitars 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.
This harness is available in a left-handed version at no additional cost. We wire the common production style where the knobs turn clockwise toward 10 and standard knobs work correctly,
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We use the finest long-shaft CTS pots with 30% vintage-taper volumes and 20% tones for the smoothest rolloff on each pot. Tolerance is less than 10% all the way around.
Priced as a full set which includes everything you need to completely rewire your guitar: two vintage capacitors, four CTS pots, a Switchcraft nickel toggle switch with pre-measured vintage braided wire, shrink tubing, and jack, pre-wired and ready to install. 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.