Give your Epiphone that timeless vintage tone
Epiphone® guitars are fun to play and super affordable. They have the classic look you want, and with a little work they can play and sound pretty good. What holds back these guitars from truly sounding and playing amazing is the hardware and pickups. We've made it easy to get the dynamic, full range tone and effortless playability that you always wanted out of your guitar.
This complete upgrade kit is not only professional quality hardware, it includes a full set of pickups and top-quality wiring for a full electronics upgrade too. It's easier than you think to match the tone and playability of more expensive American-made guitars.
Not just for Epiphones! These pro-quality parts will fit countless guitars by Schecter, LTD, Washburn, and MANY others.
Everything to upgrade your guitar NOW!
You don't need to hunt for hours to find the right hardware, the best sounding pickups, or the top quality wiring you'll need to make it all work. We've got everything you need in one complete kit—finally get the tone you've been searching for.
Pickup upgrade: Stock humbuckers can be harsh, too hot, and don't have the clarity you want from a vintage-style humbucker. We chose our Golden Age Parsons Street humbuckers to breathe new life into your guitar. The set includes an Alnico 2 neck pickup and an Alnico 5 bridge humbucker that are made EXACTLY like the revered 1950s originals. These are custom wound to our specs and capture the 1959 sound that drove the music of Clapton, Page, Beck, Kossoff, Duane Allman, and more. They have the smooth, warm tone and just the right amount of bite to make any guitar sound amazing.
Premium wiring upgrade: One of the most important upgrades to your tone is your wiring. Companies cut costs by using low quality pots, unshielded wire, and poor sounding capacitors. We include professional quality Emerson CTS pots, Emerson paper-in-oil caps, Switchcraft toggle switch, and enough hookup wire for a Les Paul®-style, SG-style, 335-style guitar, and many more. These are the same great sounding components used in USA-made custom shop guitars. You'll wonder how you played so long with scratchy pots and noisy switches!
And we even include new knobs for these professional-quality pots.
This set also includes our Epiphone Hardware Upgrade Kit. More than just a tone upgrade, these top of the line parts will greatly improve your playability too.
Tuner Upgrade: If your guitar goes out of tune from normal playing, it's time to replace and upgrade your stock tuners. The Grover Vintage Keystone Tuners look just like the originals from the 1950s, but work amazingly better. The well-made gears will keep you in tune and keep the vintage look of your guitar.
Bridge Upgrade: There is no easier or better upgrade than replacing a stock tune-o-matic bridge. The stock saddles are often slotted too deeply, causing buzzing, and can be hard to intonate. The saddles of the Gotoh Tune-o-matic are precision crafted and use high quality, resonant metals. The saddles are machined to tightly fit the bridge without gaps, rattles, or "slop"—you'll instantly have improved resonance and tone. They're slotted for an instant upgrade and you can also dial in the slots to your preferred string gauge. The smoothly polished saddles aren't sharp and won't cut your hands like some lower quality saddles can. We recommend this professional quality bridge for any guitar at any price.
Tailpiece Upgrade: Many stock tailpieces are heavy, which limits resonance and can rob your guitar of tone and sustain. They can also fit the studs poorly, which destroys resonance. The Gotoh stop tailpiece is made from aluminum, just like the revered '50s originals. The reduced weight makes notes jump out of the guitar and the bridge and tailpiece ring together like they were meant to. The stop tailpiece also has a vintage profile for the right look and fit with the Gotoh Tune-o-matic.
Will it fit?
We picked everything in this set to fit perfectly on your metric "large post" tune-o-matic found on most Epiphones and other imported guitars. In most cases, replacing your hardware is as simple as unscrewing the old studs and posts and screwing in the new ones, and maybe drilling a hole or two for the tuners.
Figuring out if these upgrades will fit your guitar is easier than you think! All you need is a ruler and a little patience. Just follow these simple steps:
1. Measure your post spacing: Remove the posts from your original bridge. Measure the distance from the center of each hole to the other. If the measurement is 2-29/32"
(73.82mm), IT WILL FIT!
2. Measure your stud spacing: Remove the studs from your original tailpiece. Measure the distance from the center of each hole to the other. If the measurement is 3-1/4" (82.55mm), IT WILL FIT!
3. Measure your threads: Using a metric nut with M8 x 1.25 threads (available at any hardware store), or our Thread Detective, measure the posts and studs from your original bridge and tailpiece. If they will accept the nut,
IT WILL FIT!
4. Measure your pegholes: Remove one of your tuners. Take a ruler and measure across the hole. If the measurement is 25/64" (10mm),
IT WILL FIT!
That's it! Now you can drop in this hardware and instantly enjoy a better playing and sounding instrument.
And if you're still not sure, we're here to help. Our knowledgeable customer service team will help you determine if this set will fit on your guitar and, like everything we sell, it's backed by our 100% satisfaction guarantee.
The Epiphone Complete Hardware + Pickups Upgrade Kit includes:
5740-N Gotoh Aluminum Stop Tailpiece
1511-N Gotoh Tune-o-matic
0204 Emerson CTS 500K, set of 4
1195-F Reflector volume knob for CTS, set of 2
1197-F Reflector tone knob for CTS, set of 2
5950 Shielded wire 16", set of 3
5959 Hookup wire 12", set of 2
1496 Emerson paper-in-oil .022uf, set of 2
4652 Switchcraft jack
5409 Parsons Street Neck
5416 Parsons Street Bridge
3754 Grover Vintage Keystone Tuners, set of 6
1242 Switchcraft toggle, short
3522 Switch tip for Switchcraft, black
Looking for just hardware?
Our Epiphone Hardware Upgrade Kit includes the top quality hardware in this set for an instant improvement in tone and playability.
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