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Gibson pot database

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This Gibson pot database contains part numbers with respective models for all Gibsons from the early 1960s until the early 1980s as described in the various replacement parts lists distributed by Gibson. You can use this database to find correct Gibson pots, or correct value replacement pots for your vintage Gibson guitar.

As always with Gibson, there a probably many vintage guitars that don't conform to the catalog descriptions, which are often incomplete and may even contain errors.

Gibson pots are NOT all the same. Most 60s-70s Gibson potentiometers were made by CTS (Chicago Telephone Company), although other manufacturers did also supply pots to Gibson. Pots usually have several identification numbers. One is the manufacturers id code with date, and another is the Gibson part number. The manufacturers code has six (1950s) or seven digits, starting with 137 (CTS) or 134 (Centralab), and ending in format y/ww or yy/ww [where y is the year, and w is the week of the year]. For more information on Gibson pot codes (and others), see Reading Pot Codes

Gibson pots are typically marked on their backs (most CTS brand) or their sides (particularly earlier Centralab examples).

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Barney Kessel
Barney Kessel Custom
ES Artist
ES-125T 3/4
ES-175 Charlie Christian
ES-335 Pro
ES-5 switchmaster
Explorer II
Firebird I
Firebird III
Firebird V
Firebird V-12
Firebird VII
Flying V
Flying V II
Howard Roberts
Howard Roberts Artist
Howard Roberts Custom
Howard Roberts Fusion
Johnny Smith
Johnny Smith Double
Kalamazoo Award
L6-S Custom
L6-S Deluxe
Les Paul Anniversary
Les Paul Artisan
Les Paul Artist
Les Paul Custom
Les Paul Deluxe
Les Paul Pro
Les Paul Recording
Les Paul Signature
Les Paul Special 55
Les Paul Special Double Cut
Les Paul Standard
Melody Maker
Melody Maker 3/4
Melody Maker Double
RD Artist
RD Custom
RD Standard
SG custom
SG deluxe
SG professional
SG special
SG standard
Sonex-180 custom
Sonex-180 deluxe
Sonex-180 standard
Super 400 CES
Super V BJB
Super V CES
Tal Farlow
The Paul
The SG
Trini Lopez Deluxe
Trini Lopez Standard
Les Paul
Les Paul Signature
Les Paul Triumph
RD Artist
RD Standard
Thunderbird II
Victory Custom

Gibson potentiometer code discrepencies

Some models seem to conform to the part lists, some differ WIDELY. I have seen many seemingly-original Gibson pots with codes that do not follow the expected Gibson numbering system, and many that just do not conform to the correct resistance values as described in the schematics. Gibson, no doubt, used parts that were available, and no doubt CTS and other pot supply companies shipped replacement parts from time to time. As with all Gibson 'rules', these should not be treated as absolute. If you want to discuss or add data provided here, please leave a comment.

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1977 Vintage Fender Gibson Guitar Potentiometer CTS 250k Pot Part

1977 Vintage Fender Gibson Guitar Potentiometer CTS 250k Pot Part



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November 1965 CTS Electric Guitar Potentiometer. 137-6546

November 1965 CTS Electric Guitar Potentiometer. 137-6546

Chillicothe, Ohio, 456**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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1977 Vintage Fender Gibson Guitar Potentiometer CTS 250k

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Vintage 1953 Gibson Les Paul Wiring Harness Standard Goldtop 1954 1955 Centralab

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Vintage 1966 Stratocaster 250K Potentiometer Pot CTS 137 6614

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Fort Wayne, Indiana, 468**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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October 1981 CTS Electric Guitar Potentiometer. 137-8140. 100k Ohms

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Chillicothe, Ohio, 456**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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1977 Vintage Fender Gibson Guitar Potentiometer CTS 250k Broken

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Salina, Kansas, 674**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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Vintage 1960s Gibson ES-335 mono wiring harness ES335 Es-345 Es-355 1965 1964

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1969 USA Gibson Guitar or Bass Pot Short Shaft 500k CTS

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Hopewell, New Jersey, 085**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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1961 Centralab Pot Set From A Gibson Les Paul Jr

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Morristown, Indiana, 461**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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1960 Hofner Colorama II

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1981 'Gibson Specials' Pre-Owners Manual

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1967 Vox Stroller

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1959 Hofner Committee

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1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean

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1965 Gretsch 'For the Spectacular Sound of the Times' guitar and amp catalog

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Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret ends

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret endsLoose frets are especially problematic in certain old guitars, but are generally very easy to fix. You'll be amazed at the difference you can make with just a few tools, a bit of knowledge, and a little time. Fixing loose frets can eliminate fret buzz, remove sharp fret ends, and greatly improve the tone of any guitar. If your luthier bill will be greater than the value of your guitar, definitely time to have a go yourself!

1966 Hagstrom 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog (Merson USA)

1966 Hagstrom guitar catalogHagstrom guitars were distributed in the mid-1960s United States by Merson of USA. This eight page 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog, printed in two-colors contained six solid body electrics, three solid body basses, two electric acoustic guitars, two electric acoustic basses and five acoustics.

1965 Hofner President

1965 Hofner PresidentThePresidentwas produced by Hofner in Bubenreuth, Germany, specifically for Selmer, who distributed the brand in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and other commonwealth nations. The President was a hollow body electric acoustic, available as a full body or thinline, and with blonde or brunette finish. It was a great playing guitar that sold fairly well in the second half of the 1950s, throughout the 1960s, and into the very early 1970s. The example shown here is a full-body depth guitar in blonde - and as a 1965 guitar, one of the last to feature the rounded Venetian cutaway. From late 1965 until 1972, the President sported a sharp Florentine cut. Naturally, such an electric acoustic suggests jazz and blues, but many of the original British Hofner President players were part of the rock 'n roll, skiffle and beat scenes of the late 50s and early 60s.

1963 1964 Fender catalog

Fender 1963 catalogue"The Choice of Professional and Student Musicians Everywhere" This eight page catalogue was included as an insert in the 1963 annual "school music" issue of Downbeat magazine (September 1963). As well as keyboards and pedal steels, this catalog contains seven guitars, three basses and ten amplifiers - from student guitars such as the Musicmaster and Duotone to professional models like the newJaguar.

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manualThe newly designedLes Paul Recordingguitar was released in 1971, in many ways as an updated version of the Les Paul Professional that had debuted two years earlier in 1969. The new guitar came with a new owners manual explaining the (somewhat complicated) controls, their operation, and giving other specifications, including recommended strings, action and control settings. Compare with the broadly similar owners manual for theLes Paul Personal / Professional