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station5343's picture
May 2009
2 years ago

Can anybody offer any advise on the easiest way to swap out the electronics(jack,pots etc) on a 335 style guitar? I have a epi 335 dot deluxe I want to change out the electronics on and I am trying to figure out the easiest way to do it. If anybody out there has any advise on how to do this it would be much appretiated.

olddawg's picture
Southern California & Hawaii usually, but I get around
Dec 2004
1 year ago
Originally Posted by station5343

Can anybody offer any advise on the easiest way to swap out the electronics(jack,pots etc) on a 335 style guitar? I have a epi 335 dot deluxe I want to change out the electronics on and I am trying to figure out the easiest way to do it. If anybody out there has any advise on how to do this it would be much appretiated.

How it is usually done is you tie strings around each pot shaft, switch, and jack so that you can pull everything back to the correct hole. If you are going to rewire it, I would strongly suggest buying a quality pre-made harness. If you are just changing pots, switches , and jacks, the old harness should pull back into place. Be carefull that your bridge ground stays connected. If you seach YouTube there is probably a step by step tutorial. I can tell you by experience that it isn't easy to do the first time. Oh...and high test fishing line works great if you know how to tie decent knots with it. (The harder you pull, the tighter it gets)

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McSmackington's picture
Nashville
Oct 2008
4 years ago

I changed out the pickups on my 335 style guitar. It was the first time I had ever changed pickups on any guitar so it was a bit frustrating. I used the fishing line method and it worked fine. It is a little time consuming and more than a few curse words came flying out, but if I can do it, anyone can. Just make sure your knots are tied well around the pots because if the string slips off and the pot drops in the guitar, pulling it back up can be tough. Good luck, let us know how it goes!

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Robotron2084's picture
Jul 2009
4 years ago

In addition to what everyone else has said about the strings, some other quick tips (some obvious):

1. Your access point will be through the holes the pickups occupy, so do some strategic planning (ie remove them first, and reinstall them last).
2. Do all your assembly externally, and away from the actual top of your guitar.
3. I liketo use low-tack tape to keep assemblies together, stuff them into the interior, then remove the tape once everything is screwed in. Velcro also works, but sometimes it works too well.
4. Tiny mirrors are extremely useful (automotive places sell the kind on telescoping handles with swivels). I've also used really cheap USB cameras to look inside guitars.
5. The worst thing you can do is have loose parts running around in the interior of a guitar, but a good way to get them out is a piece of tape tacked on to a chopstick.

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Originally from Toronto, Ontario - studying law in Los Angeles, California
Apr 2011
4 years ago

fishing line method + those tips above and you'll be fine. Takes a little patience!!

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teleslinger1's picture
May 2011
4 years ago

After going through the string method I had a major FAIL! When trying to pull everything back in, the strings just got tangled within the guitar. PITA! I recommend some light masking tape around the lower f hole and gently using tools and fingers manipulate things in position then bring them up. Took me a a few tries, but got really fluid at it after giving in to having such little space to work with. Take your time!!!