Here you see the finished Epiphone L5CES Custom in what I call it's 2nd incarntaion. The following photos shows the process of modding and testing etc.
I started out with a 1997 stock Epiphone Emperor Regent, that I bought on eBay from a guy in Texas.
First I mounted the Bigsby vibrato tailpiece and fixed a Schaller adjustable roller bridge with two screws.
I finally got two "Alnico V" or "Staple" pickups from the Seymour Duncan custom shop and the long wait was over
A close up of the neck Seymour Duncan "Staple" / "Alnico V" pick-up with the "Dog Ear" plastic cover removed.
Another close up of the neck Seymour Duncan "Staple" / "Alnico V" pick-up with the "Dog Ear" plastic cover removed. There is a dramatic difference in height between the neck (highest) and the bridge pick-up.
I put tape on the front to have something to draw on and to protect the surface/wood.
I had my laptop next to me with a page on Scotty Moore's website for guidance when I placed the pick-ups.
Here you can see the stick of wood I used for a soundpost.
Here you can see where I ended up placing the soundpost. I didn't use any glue.
Some serious soldering going on...
The first wiring I did after a blueprint from Seymour Duncan.
This is how I wired the Epi. the first time around. I used 500k pots
Here you see my new Epiphone L5CES Custom next to my "old" Epiphone Emperor Regent Custom. They're both from 1997 as I don't like the f-holes on the current models. CES stands for "Cutaway Electric Spanish".
My Epiphone L5CES Custom in its first incarnation.
The following images are of the Epiphone L5CES in it's 2nd and possibly last incarnation.
This is how I did the wiring (Apart from the "Volume mod"). Drawing from docstock
Here are some more details of how I did the wiring. Peter Dijkema (Who is also building a custom '54 L5CES) helped dig out the relevant photos. After recording and testing with the guitar in its 1st incarnation, I choose to use 2 x B250k (linear) for the tone pots with 0.022uF/400 volts caps and a A250k (log) for the bridge pickup and a A500k (log) for the neck pickup + a A250k (The Ntune) for master volume. I'm VERY happy with the way it sounds, and finally I have some tone pots that make musical sense.
I got two set of spacers from Allparts so the I could get two
high ones. The Alnico V bridge and neck pickup are already made in different heights so further difference in height is not necessary. I also got the 250k verision of the N-tune
tuner (Meant to be built into the guitar as a mastervolume replacement - also available as pickup switch).
Here you see the Alnico V pickup at the bridge with the rather big spacer.
Here is the neck Alnico V pickup with the same size spacer. Notice that the pickup itself is considerably lower than the bridge pickup.
Here you can see where I placed the battery for the onboard tuner from N-Tune
This is what the N-tune tuner looks like installed with the black ring (You have the choice of five rings in different relevant colors).
This is what it looks like when you tune a string. Just pull up the volume knop and tune your guitar while the output is silenced. Clever little gizmo :-)
I like those art-deco knobs!
My new preferred "weapon of choice" the Epiphone L5CES Custom :-)