How to Wire a Gibson® Guitar DVD

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How to Wire a Gibson® Guitar DVD

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Guitar electronics demystified!
Learn how to wire your Gibson® guitar cleanly for great sound, and discover how its electronics work.

Now on DVD! Our 43-minute DVD with famed repairman Dan Erlewine demonstrates complete wiring jobs step-by-step, and will give you the confidence to do the job right. It also features special animations to help you understand how the pickups and electronic components function.

How to Wire a Gibson® Guitar demonstrates the basics of wiring two humbucking pickups, two volume and two tone control pots, a 3-way switch and an output jack. Dan rewires a Les Paul® style guitar and refurbishes a semi-hollowbody Gibson, using a simple wiring jig you can easily make in your shop. Proper grounding and shielding procedures are shown, to help you eliminate unwanted noise and get the best sound possible.

Disc contents
Introduction: Dan Erlewine
Basic soldering tools
Les Paul wiring
How a volume control works
How a tone control works
Treble bypass cap
How the toggle switch works
Homemade pickup tester
Semi-hollowbody wiring

The DVD format includes easy menu selections for quickly reviewing and finding the information you need. We've also produced a great DVD especially for Fender players: How to Wire a Fender Guitar.

This DVD is not region-specific and is intended for worldwide use.

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Exactly what I needed to know.

(Customer's Reviews)

This video was exactly what I was looking for. I'm sure glad I watched this before opening up my guitar first. Made sure I got the correct tools and did some practice before starting on the real thing.

The alternate types of cable to feed the switch is really good to know.

I'd really like to see an advanced video on alternate wirings.


Refresher but still worth the trip.

(Customer's Reviews)

My only pryor experience with an electric guitar was seven years ago and I forgot most of what went fairly smoothly at that time. The reverse clothespins are probably worth the price of the video.


Good basic info, great hollowbody segment

(Customer's Reviews)

This DVD and the Fender DVD are both very helpful for learning or refreshing your knowledge of basic soldering techniques. I purchased this mainly for the segment on hollowbody guitars and was not disappointed. Dan's illustration of how to make a cardboard template for wiring up the harness and how to install it in the guitar helped me to make money on a similar job.



(Customer's Reviews)

I don't have a Gibson guitar, but this helped me with my custom wiring job and learning some good techniques.



(Customer's Reviews)

The DVD on How to wire a Gibson Guitar was dissapointing to me. I have the higest respect for Dan and his skills but he really through me for a loop when he substuted different wireing cable than what was inlcuded in the kit. I want to say thanks for the effort, but to save the novice builder confusion dont do the bait and switch. Thanks, Larry Denney


Very Helpful

(Customer's Reviews)

Similar to the Fender wiring DVD, not very 'exciting', but VERY useful and informative. I kinda wanted to see other Gibson variants, the V, the Explorer, Varitone, etc. Still...very nice video.


Good Video

(Customer's Reviews)

Good video - but I wish it had gone into much more detail about wiring vintage instruments from the beginning. Regardless, good tool for someone just learning how to wire up a Les Paul.


Lots of great tips

(Customer's Reviews)

This is a great DVD if you are unfamiliar with Gibson/PRS/etc. electronics. Really great tips, and the section on loading and unloading an archtop guitar is worth the price of the DVD.

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