pot question on a strat

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  1. rogue.guineapig

    rogue.guineapig Member

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    I just built my partsocaster...


    I think it's got 250s for all the pots.
    On the neck pickup things sound a bit muddy for my taste.
    I have one 500K pot in my possession...
    Would I put the 500 in the volume slot or the tone slot
    to get the most clarity out of the neck pup?
    I'm thinking: "obviously the tone slot!"
    but I've read some posts that are making me think twice about
    this.
    advice?
     
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    The volume pot! Makes a much obvious difference.

    Also, by muddy, did you mean when the pot is wide open or turned down?

    Using 500K will makes things brighter when the pot is wide open, but it gets darker quicker than a 250K when turned down some.
     
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    to be honest I bought the pup-and-pot set off the forums here...


    they're MIM standard stuff, Ceramic single coils I think.
    I just feel like there's a snap, a sparkle that's missing.
    Is that the pups or the 250K pot?
    I would like to try a 300K, but I don't have one at the moment.
    RVChevron - When the pot is wide open, all the way up, I
    feel like it's muddy there.
    The 500K is from when I had Fender Vintage Noiseless...
    one 500k and two 1M pots.
    The cap on the pot has the .02 marking on it.
    I'm assuming this is fender factory standard?


    RGP
     
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    Strats have a master volume, so I think using a 500k as a volume would also affect the other pickups ( I could be wrong).
    Wouldn't it make more sense to use the 500k as the necks tone knob, so that it only affects the neck pickup....??
     
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    a 500k pot for the tone will brighten the neck pup, you might also try a treble bypass cap as shown, would not recommend a 500k for the volume pot, just make your guitar go down in volume faster. and you want an audio or log taper pot, linear pots don't work well.

    http://www.bothner.co.za/articles/volumepot2.shtml
     
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    The Fender standard arrangment for vintage single coil has always been 250k pots for all three controls, either .1 or .047 for cap values.

    They put 500k and 1M for their Vintage Noiseless because those pickups are darker sounding than stock, just like many stack coils are.

    If you are handy with a soldering iron, experiment with different pot values and see what you like best. There are really no right or wrong values/combos, just what sounds best to you.
     
  8. rogue.guineapig

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    well it looks like I have some experimenting to do I think!
    thanks for the tips..I kinda guessed that the 500K/1M set up was for
    the Vintage Noiseless.
    And thanks for the link Austin...I'll give that a good reading!

    RGP
     
  9. LTE

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    When I saw the title of the thread, I thought it was referring to something totally different.

    :lol

    Funny thing was, when I was working the music store, oneday a father and his two kids, boy was 9 or 10 and daughter a few years younger, came inwith a short in their guitar. The input jack was loose, so I took the back plate off to get to it and found a dimebag. All right in front of them.

    Neededless to say, it lead to some interesting questions from the kids.
     

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