Deleting tone control...lower value volume pots?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by vr6pilot, Dec 31, 2018.

  1. vr6pilot

    vr6pilot Member

    Feb 27, 2010
    Guitar is a Univox Eagle. Strat style with 3 humbuckers and a 3-way switch. Wanna ditch the tone controls in favor of 3 separate volumes.

    With the stock 500k pots, isnt the cumulative resistance lower? Even with all knobs full on?

    So, if each pickup is, essentially, it's own circuit then should I drop down to some 300 or 250s to keep the overall tone like it was with the tones in the circuit?

  2. Garrett Bagby

    Garrett Bagby Member

    Nov 8, 2003
    Yes, 500k volume + 500k tone gives you parallel resistance of 250k.

    If any of your selector positions have both tones active, the resistance is 167k in those positions.

    If you find the tone too harsh when you take out the tone controls, you can use resistors to add a load to your current pots, or you can buy lower value pots.

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