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Switch out pots? - Advice needed

raymeedc

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I have a Xaviere XV-600 arriving in a couple of days. It comes with GFS Dream 180 Humbuckers, which I will be swapping out for GFS Mean 90s single coils. Does anyone here know what pots this guitar comes with, &/or what should I be looking to install to achieve a darker sound as opposed to a brighter sound with the 90s?
 

JJuran

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If the guitar is equipped with humbuckers, it likely has 500K pots for the volume control. If left in with P-90s, it will likely be bright. Once you disconnect the humbuckers from the guitar (and any other leads on those pots) put a meter on the original pots and measure to be certain of their values. But I'd bet you'll read 500K +/-.

300K linear taper is a common value for P-90's. I like audio taper 300K for P-90s. To each their own.
 

walterw

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Try the P-90s with the 500ks, they usually sound good that way. If you want to mellow it out a little, that's what the tone knob is for.
 

epluribus

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Ditto. It's harder to get signal than it is to attenuate some of it...I avoid setups that permanently throw signal away. If the tone knob as-is doesn't float your boat, try some different caps to see if you get closer to what you want. BTW, I have GFS Dream 90's in an Epi LP with 500K pots. Just too pretty set of pups to go back to the 300Ks that were in it. Spent a little time swapping caps on the tone pots till I got it right, total joy to play now. Would love to give the Mean's a whirl sometime.

--Ray
 






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