Pot/Cap Values for a Tele with a Lollar Firebird (N) and Kinman Broadcaster (B)?

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  1. Ancient Rocker

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    Hi All!
    I'm upgrading /hotrodding my CS Alder Tele and installing a Lollar Firebird in the neck and a Kinman Broadcaster in the Bridge. I'm collecting opinions on the correct pot/cap values to use in order to get the most out of each pup.

    500K = Nice for the Firebird...but too bright for the Kinman?
    250K = Nice for the Kinman...but too dark for the Firebird?

    How about a 375K Fender Alpha Pot with a .033uf cap to split the difference? OR...has anyone tried a Kinman Broadcaster pup at 500K OR a Lollar Firebird at 250K?

    OR...do I go with the higher pot value and a .047uf cap...OR the lower pot value and a .022uf cap?

    What have you experienced?? Thanks!
     
  2. Chris Scott

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    Situation like this, the only way you're gonna know is to try all the options - there's likely a bit of compromise to be expected given the pickups chosen, and you are the only person who can make that call.

    It's rewarding, as well as fun, so...
     
  3. g-mane

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    With a full-size humbucker in the neck and a beefy single (both Zhangbucker) in the bridge of my Tele, I'm using 500k volume and 250k tone, with a .022 cap. Works for me. YMMV
     
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  4. FreeFrog

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    Use the highest value (500k) and if a pu is too bright, solder a resistor to ground in parallel, between the hot point of this too bright PU and the ground... :) with a 500k volume and a 250k control, it will be a 500k resistor. With two 500k pots, it will be a 250k.
    And yes, it works. :)
     
  5. Oldmanpoop

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    What about phase issues? I'm doing the same thing in a pinecaster, except with a fender bridge pup. Are they out of phase and require different wiring?
     
  6. g-mane

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    Oldman, it depends on the pickups. If they are out of phase, you can flip the humbucker's magnet and all's right again.
     
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    Flip it? Do you mean just reverse its position in the pickguard?
     
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    Wow, very informative. Thanks!
     
  10. Oldmanpoop

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    Put mine in the neck with 250k pots and. 047 orange drop. Sounds incredible. Not sure I want/need to change the current pot values. Very happy.
     

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