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Dr. Vintage Early-Spec Kits - Models

Pre-wired CS-series Complete Harness

Finally - A Dr. Vintage Early-Spec pre-wired control set for owners of the Gibson CS-series semi-hollow guitars. This is a jig-built, 'drop-in' complete replacement harness for these instruments. The original harness comes out intact and the replacement harness goes back in, loaded with the same Dr. Vintage Early-Spec components as every kit including a new Switchcraft selector switch and Switchcraft output jack. And naturally, the harness is the perfect mate for my Rick Norman Pickups Dot-neck Series of pickups.

This harness also includes the extended leads for the pickups, like the original Dr. Vintage ES-model pre-wired harness. These extra-long leads extend from the harness up into the pickup cavities. The pickups connect to the harness in the pickup cavities, simplifying the installation of the harness and the pickups, making it easy to experiment with different pickups.

MSRP: $200.00 - Click here to order.




Pre-wired ES-335/345/355 Complete Harness

The highly-successful Dr. Vintage Early-Spec pre-wired control set for owners of Gibson ES-335/345/355 style guitars. Like all Dr. Vintage wiring harnesses, this a 'drop-in', complete replacement harness for these instruments. This kit will be an improvement to your 335, and greatly ease the process for those who choose to convert their Stereo/Varitone ES-345/355 to the 335 configuration. The original harness comes out intact and the replacement harness goes back in, loaded with Dr. Vintage Early-Spec components. Of course, the harness is the perfect mate for my Rick Norman Pickups Dot-neck Series pickups.

Like my pre-assembled kits, this control set is jig-built to ensure a proper fit. In addition to the hand-selected components, I include a new Switchcraft three-way switch and Switchcraft output jack.

The harness includes extended leads for the pickups. These extra-long leads extend from the harness up into the pickup cavities. You connect the pickups in the pickup cavities, simplifying the installation of the harness and the pickups. Once the harness is in the body, it never has to come out again. What a boost for the player who likes to experiment with different pickups. It's never been so easy.

This harness is configured to fit the traditional, full-size Gibson ES-335/345/355 guitars and many fine guitars of similar layout. This harness is also a boon for customers looking to upgrade their Epiphone series guitars. If you own a variation of this model line, please call me before ordering to help determine fit issues.

MSRP: $200.00 - Click here to order.




Pre-wired Control Kit for Gibson vintage and Historic Les Pauls

The original Early-Spec kit that started it all - this kit is specifically for Gibson vintage and Historic Les Pauls. It comes fully-assembled for a rapid installation. Wired in the classic simplicity of the '50s configuration, they come with the volume pots pre-tinned in the proper places to make soldering your pickup and switch wires as simple as can be. The kits are also wired with a vintage-style ground buss wire and vintage-style woven insulation. This kit automatically includes the Dr. Vintage Solder Shield (shown below).

MSRP: $124.99 - Click here to order.




Pre-wired Control Kit for Gibson vintage and Historic Les Paul Juniors

After making several of these by direct customer request, I'm now offering a pre-wired Early-Spec kit for Les Paul Junior-style guitars. This kit is specifically for Gibson vintage and Historic Les Pauls. It comes fully-assembled for a rapid installation. Like all pre-wired kits, it is wired in the classic simplicity of the '50s configuration, it comes with the volume pot pre-tinned in the proper places to make soldering your pickup as simple as can be. The kit includes a pre-soldered output lead and new Switchcraft output jack.



The pot arrangement is two of the classic Dr. Vintage 500K+ pots, instead of using a 250k pot in the tone position. All of Gibson's dual-pickup P90 guitars had 500k pots all-around, and I decided that it was time for the Jr.'s wiring to match its grown-up brothers. Getting the original Jr. tone control values is literally as simple as turning the tone pot down roughly half-way. But once you live with an 'all-500k' harness in your Jr, you'll find yourself thrilled with the extra tone range that a 500k tone pot offers.

MSRP: $69.99 - Click here to order.




Universal Short-shaft Control Kit

Our most versatile Early-Spec kit is this unassembled kit. The kit includes four Dr. Vintage pots that are hand-chosen to work together in their assigned positions to produce the widest range of control you've ever experienced. This kit is suitable for most guitars featuring standard two-pickup, four control arrangements, such as Les Pauls, ES-3x5, SG, Firebird, etc., guitars. This kit is also suitable for instruments with two volume/one tone arrangements such as Flying Vs, Explorers and similar guitars. And this kit isn't just for Gibson guitars - these pots will fit any guitar that uses the pots with the standard 3/8" diameter, 3/8" tall busings. So you guys with other fine guitars, go ahead and make your "Dr. appointment"! (This kit is not suitable for some Gibson Les Paul models that require "long-shaft" pots. Please confirm before ordering.)

This Dr. Vintage Early-Spec kit includes four pots, two .022uf caps, vintage-style brown woven insulation sleeving and vintage-style ground buss wire (not shown in picture). Installation guidelines are also included. If you are installing your kit in Les Paul-style guitar, we also include our exclusive Dr. Vintage Solder Shield (shown below) to protect the finish of your guitar during installation. Please select the desired kit when ordering.

MSRP: $89.99 - Click here to order.




Dr. Vintage Solder Shield for Les Paul-style guitars

To help protect the finish of your valuable guitar, owners of Les Paul-style guitars can order their kit with the exclusive custom-fitted solder shield for the back of the guitar and inside of the control cavity. Made of sturdy, lightweight board, it won't harm your finish, and protects your guitar from accidental bumps from the soldering iron and the odd solder-splatter.





Dealer and OEM orders welcome. Please contact me directly for information.