Lefty pots - where can I find them

Discussion in 'Luthier's Guitar & Bass Technical Discussion' started by reallylost, Aug 11, 2005.


  1. reallylost

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    Anybody know where I can buy some good quality left handed pots?

    Many thanks,

    John.
     
  2. davyped

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    Wouldn't reversing the wiring on the outer lugs do what you are wanting it to do?

    Dave
     
  3. reallylost

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    Only if the pot is a linear taper.

    If it's an audio taper, the taper will then go the wrong way.

    John.
     
  4. John Phillips

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    This is something that annoys the hell out of me every time I work on a left-handed guitar - and I'm not even left-handed. It does many of their owners too.

    Someone needs to tell large companies like Fender (who make so many left-handed guitars that they could order any type of pot they like in quantity) that wiring up a right-handed Log pot backwards is not acceptable - and nor is putting a right-handed-numbered knob on it either.

    Some lefties even prefer to have the pots rewired 'backwards' (ie right-handed) just to get a usable taper on them and sensible numbering.

    [/rant]
     
  5. reallylost

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    Yep - I have 2 strats both wired as you describe. Far worse than if
    if they used righty pots and knobs.

    I'm looking for lefty pots because I want to re-wire all my guitars.
    A total of nearly 20 pots in all. God knows what I'll do for knobs!

    By the way, I've read many of your posts and have always been
    impressed by the depth of your knowledge. Thanks for those.

    John.
     
  6. Tonebender

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    Sounds like you want a reverse audio taper pot.

    Check with small bear elecronics or mouser..........they might have it.
     
  7. John Phillips

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    Yes, reverse audio taper is what you need - the difficulty is getting them in the correct 'guitar' form - especially with split shafts, but also with longer threaded bushings for Gibson-style guitars.

    I have a thought - RS Electronics are apparently getting some new custom CTS pots, with special tapers and hopefully higher quality. Maybe it would be worth contacting them and seeing if they'd want to do a specific left-handed range too. They'd have a huge market - every lefty guitarist on the planet that wants decent pots.

    The knobs are another issue - surely it can't be that hard for one of the usual suppliers to invest in a new mold or two?


    Thanks for the kind words, John! I'm just a pernickerty guy who's been working on guitars and amps far too long and stored away all the little details of how things are done or go wrong (and sometimes how to fix them) :).
     
  8. Turbozag

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    I'll take a look at the issue and pass it onto the "powers that be".

    Thanks for the heads-up John.

    I do know that we occasionally fabricate left-handed CTS pots from right-handed ones. But it's done by hand and is time consuming.

    Hadn't thought about the knobs... I'll look into that too.
     
  9. reallylost

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    Thank you all very much. What a great crowd.

    John.
     

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