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There may be additional controls for specific functions; the most common of these are described below.The following section describes the most common components found inside an electric guitar.The Centralab cans have two turn stop indents; the CTS have one.A diagram showing the wiring of a Gibson Les Paul electric guitar.Inside the pot, there is a circular resistor strip, or “element” that gets wiped by a “sweeper”.Turning the pot changes the position of the sweeper on the resistor strip, allowing you to choose how far the electricity has to travel on the strip until it reaches it’s output.Stamped on every potentiometer (volume and tone pots) is a six- or seven-digit source code that tells who made the pot, as well as the week and the year.The source dating code is an element of standardization that is administered by the Electronics Industries Alliance (EIA).
The serial number is 676323, and “Made in USA” is stamped below that.
Lower Right: The fourth and fifth numbers of this seven-digit potentiometer date code reveal the last two digits of its year of manufacture. Hi Brian, There’s no question that dating Gibson guitars is challenging—and sometimes downright impossible.
There are two basic components to your Les Paul question: dating it and identifying it.
Guitar wiring refers to the electrical components, and interconnections thereof, inside an electric guitar (and, by extension, other electric instruments like the bass guitar or mandolin).
It most commonly consists of pickups, potentiometers to adjust volume and tone, a switch to select between different pickups (if the instrument has more than one), and the output socket.