I have a totally stock 2003 LP Standard other than the aluminum tail piece. This guitar has the Burstbucker Pros. I have been through a few wiring changes, pickup changes, and even pot/cap changes but never one at a time so I kind of feel I am starting from scratch.
This LP is bright, lively, and rich in tone. It does not need more high end clarity, but the current pots/caps do very little! I was going to replace the stock electronics with CTS pots and Orange drop caps while using the exact same values as currently in the guitar, because to my ears it works. But, I want the better functionality, jence the better caps/pots, etc. I will be reaplcing the two stock 300 linear volumes with two CTS audio taper 300 volumes and replacing the tones with CTS audio taper 500ks. I also have the stock ceramic disks which will be replaced with orange drops. Since, I think the stock values give good tone, I want to keep things constant.
I thought about various wiring diagrams, 50s, kits to tame treble, using a 300k in place of the bridge tone, etc. I am fearfull that changing anything in the standard wiring will give me something I don't like. I kind of like the stock pickups, but I just want better components.
I am hoping this does not have to go to my tech and that I can do this myself! I hear it is tough to get the pots situated in the Les Paul plate that sits in the cavity. True?
Any advice would be great guys!
I am not ruling out the possibility of swapping pickups in the future and hopfully something like the Duncan C-5/59 will work with the 300k volumes. I know plenty of guys like gearjoneser who have installed Duncans and not changed the pots/caps so I should be fine.