250k or 500k pots in ES-335

Discussion in 'Luthier's Guitar & Bass Technical Discussion' started by dallasblues, Feb 9, 2012.

  1. dallasblues

    dallasblues Member

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    Hey guys. I've got a '07 Gibson Satin Finish ES-335 with the original, stock, '57 Classic humbuckers. I've been strongly considering getting P-90 type single coil pickups in there. I don't dislike these humbuckers per se, I just really prefer clarity and punch over sustain and compression. However, I've read that I should upgrade the volume pots from 250k to 500k. I assumed they were already 500k, but after emailing the guys at Gibson, they assured me that they were indeed 250k. Will this upgrade have a noticeable affect on my tone and responsiveness? Also... What value caps do I need to look out for?
     
  2. ES350

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    Gibson with 250K?...OK. The swap to 500K will bring out the clarity and a bit more output; highly recommended. The stock Gibson value for tone caps since the 40s is .022 mF. Same harness for HBs or P90s...
     
  3. walterw

    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    yeah, that's new; they're usually 300k linear from gibson.

    either way, you want 500k audios with P-90 types, too.

    (the tone pots and tone caps are fine as is.)
     

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