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

    Dec 12, 2008
    Dallas, TX
    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

    ES350 Member

    Feb 13, 2006
    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

    Oct 16, 2006
    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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