Who this kit is for: The Vintage/Modern Upgrade Kit offers a warmer, woody tone on the Bridge pickup, and a more transparent, dynamic sound on the Neck pickup. Happy with your Bridge pickup's tone, but your Neck pickup is too muddy? Your Neck pickup is perfect, but your Bridge pickup is too bright? The solution: The RS Vintage/Modern pre-wired kit. Warmer tones for the Bridge pickup, more clarity for the Neck pickup, this is the perfect solution for guitars that need that little extra.
This kit is for anyone who is tired of not being able to use the controls on your guitar effectively. This kit is also great for those who are tired of losing tone and note-definition every time they roll their control past 8!!
Please Note: All guitars manufactured in Korea, Japan, China, Indonesia and Mexico use metric pots (6mm), and have metric sized holes drilled for the pots. All pots sold by RS Guitarworks use standard pots and hole diameters (3/8"). Therefore, holes in the guitar, plates and/or pickguards will need to be enlarged to 3/8" to fit properly. Also, metric knobs will not fit the RS pot shafts; most popular knobs are available on the store in new and aged versions. Please call us for details or questions about installation.
What this is: For years, guitar manufacturers have chosen to cut corners on the electronics they have used, even in their top-of-the-line guitars. This kit is designed to utilize the best electronic components possible in your guitar. This kit is the culmination of thousands of hours of research and development into different guitar electronics and how each of them affects the overall tone of the guitar. It comes wired onto a template; all you have to do is drop the kit into your guitar and wire the pickups, jack, and switch.
What's in the kit: (2) 500K RS Long-Shaft SuperPots® - We designed these pots in conjunction with CTS. Used for the volume controls in the kit, these pots have a custom taper that gives you a noticeable difference between each number on your volume control. You can finally roll your volume down to 2 or 1 and not loose any clarity, even in the neck position!! Mil-spec construction and a smoother resistor path make this the best pot to ever be used in the guitar.
(2) 500K CTS Long-Shaft Audio taper pots.
(1) Vintage RS GuitarCap Paper In Oil .022 (Bridge position). RS is proud to bring you our new Vintage 600 volt Paper In Oil (PIO) capacitor. We have tested these against some of the best new and vintage caps on the market and we are happy to say they outperformed any cap we have sold in the past and they really hold their own against the vintage caps. Their sound is just like the caps from the 50's.
(1) Sozo NextGen™ .01µF capacitor (Neck position). Polyester film dielectric with aluminum foil, and superior tin coated pure copper leads. Clarity, detail, great for clean tones as well as heavy gain and overdrive.This will give you dynamics you have never heard before while still giving you that special "Woman Tone", but without ever losing clarity or getting muddy.
(1) Color wiring diagram.
How this kit improves your tone: All of the above components combine to create unprecedented clarity in your overall tone. This increase in clarity will also equate to an increase in note bloom, harmonic complexity, and, in some cases, sustain. Because this kit increases the usability and intuitiveness of the controls onboard your guitar, you will achieve tones that you didn't think were possible.
Switchcraft 90º toggle switch pre-wired for Explorer and Firebird guitars. This is a quality replacement switch with a switch tip. Made In USA. If you want to change the switch in your guitar but are a bit uncomfortable with soldering, this is just the part for you.
Pre-Wired Switchcraft Long Toggle Switch
Switchcraft long toggle switch pre-wired for your Les Paul® guitars. This is a quality replacement switch with a switch tip and a repro coarse toggle switch nut just like the ones used in the 50s. If you want to change your guitar to true 50s style and are a bit uncomfortable with soldering this is just the part for you.
Pre-Wired Switchcraft Short Toggle Switch
Switchcraft short toggle switch, pre-wired with vintage braided wire; fits Gibson Les Paul Studio's, all Epiphone Les Paul's, and other import Les Paul-style guitars. This is a quality replacement switch with a switch tip. If you want to change the switch in your guitar but are a bit uncomfortable with soldering, this is just the part for you.