Phil McKnight Shows Off Our New Epiphone Hardware and Electronics Upgrade Kit

Phil McKnight Shows Off Our New Epiphone Hardware and Electronics Upgrade Kit

Phil McKnight from the popular YouTube Channel Know Your Gear introduces our new Epiphone Hardware and Electronics Upgrade Kit. Many of these Epi’s are really great guitars and can play like their much more expensive brothers and sisters with some new hardware and a little work you can do yourself.

Items Used In this video:

Epiphone Hardware and Electronics Upgrade Kit
https://www.stewmac.com/item/2705

Guitar Tech Screwdriver Set
https://www.stewmac.com/item/3000

ESP Multi Spanner
https://www.stewmac.com/item/1344

Guitar Nutdrivers (Set of 3)
https://www.stewmac.com/item/5893

Peg Head Reamer
https://www.stewmac.com/item/0343

Solomon Soldering Station
https://www.stewmac.com/item/0501

Depth Stop Drill Bit
https://www.stewmac.com/item/1710

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50 Comments

  1. Jonathan Robbins on September 22, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    I just modded an SG with active EMGs, Wilkinson roller bridge, locking tuners, bone nut, and jumbo frets…. Total cost was about $175, half the cost of this kit.

  2. 12 South on September 22, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    Why not just buy the Epiphone Tribute Plus for $800 and get Gibson pickups, Switchcraft components, orange caps and a hardshell case? $350 for these upgrades from Stew Mac puts the price of any decent model, Standard and up, way over $800 and you still don’t have a nice case to keep it safe. Just my opinion.

  3. Johann Daart on September 22, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    $350 for upgrades to low-end Epi? Is this some kind of a joke? Upgrading a playable Epi makes sense, if you can for example get used bridge pickup (Burny VH1? woah) or used tailpiece for cheap on some auction. So if a player makes couple upgrades with used parts, over the years he owned Epi guitar, it’s totally understandable and wise. But putting $350 in one go, into Epi guitar is such a stupid idea.

  4. Biscuit Ranch Productions on September 22, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    I am thinking about buying one of these guitars!

  5. VBC Records on September 22, 2021 at 10:57 pm

    complete waste of time and money imo

  6. Jimuel Is good on September 22, 2021 at 10:58 pm

    What kind of neck rest you have looks nice

  7. Samantha on September 22, 2021 at 10:59 pm

    That depth stop didn’t really do its job, did it?

  8. Thor Crowley on September 22, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    I wish Phil McKnight would do more of these videos. I like the way he explains things.

  9. Kassandra V on September 22, 2021 at 11:01 pm

    Hardly notable difference. Wasted
    money

  10. Doctor Enigma on September 22, 2021 at 11:02 pm

    The Internet has given us a million "tone experts" all selling the same BS, "warm vintage sound", "increased clarity", "high and deep tones". If you want your guitar to sound great buy a good amp and practice playing your guitar! There are no shortcuts, including those stupid "relic" abortions

  11. R H on September 22, 2021 at 11:02 pm

    Awesome upgrade!

  12. Chuck's Stuff on September 22, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    Stealing from Me is StewMac

  13. Jon Doh on September 22, 2021 at 11:06 pm

    Must have bought the $100 Epi. I have the Epiphone Standard Plus Top Pro and it came with the hardware that’s in this kit. When I played it at Guitar Center it played as well as the much higher priced Gibsons and several Gibson models.

  14. Michael Langston on September 22, 2021 at 11:09 pm

    You telling me that buying a $400 epiphone and then buying a part kit for $400 makes more sense than taking that $800 and buying a used les paul studio?

  15. Michael Parson-McNamara on September 22, 2021 at 11:09 pm

    Too bad the pickups aren’t 4 conductor was more options.

  16. Mentalo on September 22, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    Bill burr’s voice 🤣

  17. 12 South on September 22, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    Just picked up a new pick, or plectrum for you Brits, from Stew Mac. Only $20 each, same as any other pick but this one says Stew Mac!

  18. Stephen Grant on September 22, 2021 at 11:13 pm

    How do I get rid of the Push/Pull knob …. I know probably a dumb question but I want just a plain HUMBUCKER

  19. martin vaccaro on September 22, 2021 at 11:14 pm

    I know a bit about this subject.
    I have owned 156 guitars, and set up hundreds.
    The only thing I would ever do to an epiphone is change the nut, and I’m not a fan of the way their pots feel. I have put bigger Frets in them, but I did that for myself and it only cost me like 20 bucks. Save your money and learn how to set up your guitar!
    And financially it makes NO SENSE! Dropping this much into your Epiphone will not make it worth $300 more!

  20. Samain on September 22, 2021 at 11:16 pm

    Look, Mom- no hands! $260.00 POS guitar + $340.00 mediocre parts + Three hours of labor = $600.00 🔥 trash 🗑

  21. rocknroll on September 22, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    Nice little guitar! Throw in some strap locks and it’ll be ready to rock! Good job, Phil and StewMac!

  22. tonight.at.eleven on September 22, 2021 at 11:20 pm

    Are these upgrade kits compatible with the epiphone special ii models?

  23. Damascus cut on September 22, 2021 at 11:22 pm

    Hey I have the same guitar

  24. muchomusiclibre on September 22, 2021 at 11:22 pm

    My Epiphone upgrade kit is a Gibson. 🙂

  25. Larry Resevior on September 22, 2021 at 11:25 pm

    F that chinaphone and that f’d up mission you’re on kid

  26. angshuman banerjee on September 22, 2021 at 11:25 pm

    Has someone tried this upgrade kit? If yes, what is the feedback?

    I have gone though comments, but sadly I did not find anyone addressing this question.

    Thank you in advance!!!

  27. Neil Gardon on September 22, 2021 at 11:28 pm

    I have an Epiphone Les Paul Special II and I’m planning to change the bridge and tailpiece set of it with a roller ones, but I’m hesitant to buy online because I don’t know its measurements, can you recommend or help me on this?

  28. Sean Drummond on September 22, 2021 at 11:28 pm

    THey always forget to tell you that the bridge saddles come unnotched so people like me who don’t know how to file are screwed.

  29. GucciTony2.0 on September 22, 2021 at 11:29 pm

    Does this work with the epiphone sg the normal one that costs 180

  30. monymakr45 on September 22, 2021 at 11:29 pm

    Did the new tuners require reaming to fit them?

  31. Joe Yannece on September 22, 2021 at 11:30 pm

    I like Phil. For me the only useful thing is the tape trick. Soldering outside the cavity. Put tape on your drill bit to set depth. Also to you guitar gurus out there: Why buy a fret rocker? Wont any properly sized metal straight edge do?

  32. MIKE Ldld on September 22, 2021 at 11:30 pm

    This Tape trick for the elektronics is so good!

  33. Marcio Nobrega on September 22, 2021 at 11:32 pm

    Adorei 🙋🎸

  34. Goltzhar on September 22, 2021 at 11:34 pm

    If you talked any faster….you would be traveling BACK in time…

  35. pararanman58635 on September 22, 2021 at 11:35 pm

    What did you do with the old hardware?

  36. Cousin Figel on September 22, 2021 at 11:36 pm

    i just don’t get you man, you are negative, cousin figel

  37. Lady A on September 22, 2021 at 11:38 pm

    Sounds like a Ad , didn’t really hear a big difference.

  38. John Brasher on September 22, 2021 at 11:40 pm

    I couldn’t hear much of a difference with the upgrade. Both sounded thick and muddy. I’m on a desktop with a nice set of speakers. This is just my experience, but when a guitar is dull and muddy, there isn’t much that can improve it.

    Best advice in the vid is to hold on to the original components. If he sells the guitar, don’t want to give away the StewMac parts. I think the new pots have to stay, though.

  39. A M Guitar Tuition on September 22, 2021 at 11:40 pm

    What I’ve found upgrading my Epiphone so far:

    1) Probuckers are fine pickups no need to replace them
    2) Replace the nut – bone will give a bit more sustain and with nut sauce will help with bends. Stock nut is too high, you can fix this with a set of nut files if you don’t want to change the nut.
    3) Lower pickups to about 3mm from depressed string at last fret. Adjust up gain on amp. This gives you a better sweet spot and more dynamic control.
    4) Adjust polls on pickups to reduce ‘mud’. From stock flat setting adjust as follows
    Low E no change
    A string one turn up
    D string one and a half turns up
    G string one turn down
    B string one turn up
    High E one turn up
    This adjusts for different string core thickness and increases clarity.
    5) Buy gotoh bridge 6mm holes for Epiphones. Better machined than stock. Apply nut sauce.
    6) Install metal plate on jack socket, the plastic ones break. Make sure you get a curved one with the right spaced holes.
    7) Screw stock tail piece down and over wrap strings as Bonamassa does.
    8) Setup. Level frets if necessary, crown them. Check neck relief and reduce string action as per preference.
    9) You could install short switchcraft toggle switch for better reliability. (Or just clean stock once a year).
    10) Stock electronics are fine. Not much difference in changing them. IMO only worth it if you want more features ie. phase cancelling, parallel.series wiring etc. If you want every possible combination search Jimmy Page wiring diagram – good luck there are wires everywhere !
    11) Leave the tuners as they are.

    Total cost not much !

  40. Dave West on September 22, 2021 at 11:41 pm

    If there were a way to replace “Epiphone” on the headstock with “Gibson” and change the headstock to match Gibson’s shape!

  41. Rusty Allen on September 22, 2021 at 11:42 pm

    How about adding a treble bleed circuit to brighten high frequency at low volume, cheap upgrade.

  42. alvin boreo on September 22, 2021 at 11:43 pm

    Sounds the same an you forgot to change out the nut

  43. bob bob on September 22, 2021 at 11:45 pm

    Hell yeah.. new knobs make all the difference..😂

  44. SCALEBEA.STS#0777 on September 22, 2021 at 11:50 pm

    It might sound simple, but the basic tips for keeping parts organized and ready to return to stick are very good.

  45. Larry Resevior on September 22, 2021 at 11:51 pm

    Up grade ?burn it

  46. Bryan on September 22, 2021 at 11:51 pm

    Cool stuff, but your prices are way too high. Who is going to put a $400 upgrade kit into a $250 guitar? Seriously.

  47. Stephan Guitar on September 22, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    I am chasing used Epiphone Studios on ebay right now but adding the cost of these upgrades (as sold by StewMac) would bring the price up higher than a new Epiphone modern or most of the other higher end epi’s. Or conversly for the same price as the kit I could get the new Epi 2020 Studio.

  48. Ted Blumstein on September 22, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    The ultimate bolt neck Epiphone upgrade? Use it as a canoe paddle…

  49. richmondvaper on September 22, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    Take the money you would spend on this and put it into the guitar budget and you can buy a good guitar, instead of that junk. Ultimately at the end of the day, it is an expensively modded piece of shit.

  50. Anthony Congiano on September 22, 2021 at 11:53 pm

    Thanks for this! The pickups and tuners are the main upgrade for sure. I picked up a set of Gibson 57s that came out of an SG (the owner went with active pickups) for $40 and a set of Grover Tuners and dropped them in my 1997 Epiphone Les Paul Standard. I didn’t change the pots because the tone wasn’t muddy and at 10 I get lots of bite and clarity. I might drop my multimeter on the pots and check if they are 500k and add 0.22 caps to see how it affects my tone but honestly, I don’t think there’s a need to go with paper and oil unless you’re doing a retro or vintage guitar and the owner ‘needs’ to have old school parts. Big thanks for letting us hear the sound difference! Far too often the tech just says, "I hear a difference" but never let us here the before… .thanks!

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