Ohm meter and pots for Les Paul

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  1. Brownface

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    I didn't realize that 500K pots would open a Les Paul up like you guys say it will. My understanding from reading your posts is that you only need to change the volume pots. Is that correct? I don't really have the jack to drop on an RS kit, so does it matter what brand? AND, how do you test them? I have a set of Antiquities in my LP, and it has REALLY helped it, but just wondered if changing pots would improve it that much more.

    Thinking about doing the same for all my Gibsons. SG, 335. I'll have the 335 done at the music store.
     
  2. Sean French

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    Pots make a HUGE difference.
    No need to buy a kit if you can solder.
    Get the standard 500K CTS pots and some PIO caps from RS individually.
    Yes,also change out the tone pots too.
     
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    Thanks a lot Sean. I'm going to go check it out now.
     
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    What LP are we talking about?
    Year and model?
    There are two different shaft lengths for LP's.
    If your LP has a grounding plate and you plan on leaving it,you would need the long shaft pots.
     
  5. Brownface

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    '91 LP Std. I was just on RS' site and there are 2 different long shaft options. One is the Super Pot, and then there is the CTS Audio Taper. What's the difference? I'm assuming I would leave the grounding plate.

    The PIO caps are the bumblebees right? There were a couple of others, but those are the ones I hear the most about.
     
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    Personally,I would just get the standard CTS pots instead of the super pots because they cost less.lol
    I've got both.
    The super pots are made to RS specs and are a great pot with tighter tolerences.
    However,the standard CTS vol pots I've gotten from RS have all been above 530K.
    The Luxe cap is a bumble bee repro.
    Depends how much you want to spend on caps.
    All the ones RS sells are good and are far better sounding than the stock ceramic disc caps in your '91.
    The guys at RS know their stuff and are great to deal with.
    Give them a call.
     
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    The pots make a greeat difference..I also like the luxe caps. I am not a big fan of rs pots though...I had to tighten all the backs on the pots I have. The backs are bent on and arent very sturdy. Be careful putting on the knobs if they fit tight.
     
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    Thanks again. I hear a little more 'puff' and 'air' in the Antiquities, but it's like it's just not rounded out yet. I think this is just the thing I was looking for. I'll let you know what happens.
     
  9. Brownface

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    Do you use the same pots for volume and tone?
     
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    your tone pots are already 500k audio taper, so just change the volume pots to that as well and you'll be fine.
     
  11. Sean French

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    Yes.
    Basically,I would recommend that the highest K for the neck vol,the next highest for the Bridge vol,the next neck tone and the last for the bridge tone..
    If you don't have a meter ask RS to mark them for you.
    BT mark = bridge tone,NT = neck tone etc.
    Tone pots do matter to the sound even when on 10.
    For the extra $11.80 it would be good to know your getting good tested pots that will be above 500K.
    There is a big difference between the sound of a 500k pot used as a tone and 540K one.
     
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    I'm gonna give em a call tomorrow and place an order. Would you do the same for an SG?
     
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    Yep.
     

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