Say a humbucker is run with a 250K pot for volume and no tone control vs. a 500K vol and 500K tone in a normal strat circuit. Is the load the same? I've often run a 250K volume pot with no tone control for my strat humbucker in the bridge positions. I like using 250K because the taper is much more gradual for adjustments and swells. 500K always jump. I've tried the RS pots and they still don't swell as nice as a 250K. The best 500K I had were some Hamer pots made by CTS. These were $12 a piece! For an HSS I know there's a resistor trick for using a 500K pot and allowing the singles to see 250K, but then I'd be stuck with that crappy taper of a 500K, correct? Anyone find some 500K that do swell real gradually? I'm thinking it's just because the pot has the same amount of rotation as a 250K that it simply can't be as gradual.