ES-335 Pro Pots

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  1. Mercury

    Mercury New Member

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    Hi, folks. I've been lurking here for a while. Thanks for all of the wisdom and gorgeous guitar pics!

    I'm at the start of the process of upgrading electronics/hardware on my 2012 ES-335 Pro (Ebony, if you're curious) and I've got a question about pot replacements for those who may have already done it. I'm planning on installing CTS 500k pots and I've realized they come in both short shaft and long shaft varieties. Does anyone know which would be the correct choice for my 335?

    Thanks!
     
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    Raiyn Well-Known Member

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    Simple. Shaft length choice is based on the amount of wood you have to go through. Since you're not going through a thick maple cap the answer should be apparent. ;)
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    vomer Active Member

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    Raiyn beat me to it. Short shaft, and you will probably have to ream out the holes if yours came with metric pots ('Import' on the USA parts catalogues). And new knobs as well.
     
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    Raiyn Well-Known Member

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  5. Mercury

    Mercury New Member

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    Yep. That makes perfect sense to me now. Much appreciated.

    And new knobs were coming anyway. Can’t make it mine without a knob swap!
     
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    Raiyn Well-Known Member

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    Of course, being a long time lurker, you know the pic rule.
     
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    Mercury New Member

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    Not much to see, but here she is completely stock. Guess I'm on the hook to update as changes happen now.

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    You could do it that way, or you could do a build thread. Collect photos as you go and drop a big thread once you get everything sorted.
     
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    I upgraded my Epi Lucille which is similar except the Lucille has an access panel in back that makes it a lot easier. I put in a new pre wired kit from Jonesyblues as well as his FAT PAF pickups from his website. I did have to ream the holes to fit the pots. I purchased a reamer from Harbor Freight and cut some off the end to make it work ( its longer than the thickness of the guitar body ). It wasn’t hard to do but you will need new knobs to fit CTS pots. In all I spent over $400 but I’m happy with the outcome and don’t plan to sell my Lucille anytime soon.
     
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    My Sheraton was an impulse buy as we bonded instantly in a store. But if I had my Epi-time again I would buy a Lucille for this reason. And it's black!
     

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