Who makes the best pots?

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  1. j2b4o

    j2b4o Member

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    Been looking and mostly just see Gibson and no name pots so what type of pots do you amp gurus use for vol and tone? Do you use different tules for vol and tone? And where would you reccommend I but them. Thanks a bunch guys.
     
  2. newholland

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    la creuset.. hands down... :D
     
  3. j2b4o

    j2b4o Member

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    I preffer TFal ................(dick)lol
     
  4. newholland

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    just kidding-- i always buy CTS pots (for my guitars!).
     
  5. j2b4o

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    But do you use the skillet or double boiler for volume controll?
     
  6. j2b4o

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    I keep having these worries that guitar pots are different than amp pots somehow even though it's rediculous cause all it is is a resister anyways.

    Thanks will checkout cts
     
  7. Gtowngearhead

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    It is a little ridiculous. But sometimes better quality components can sound a little bit better.
     
  8. j2b4o

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    so who is the best in your opinion??????
     
  9. fishlog

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    I think you will find that CTS virtually makes every pot out there. I know Ernie Ball's pots are manufactured by CTS and the ones I bought from Acme Guitar Works were all CTS. I guess the ones I bought from Acme were built to higher tollerances, it was noticable as you rolled the tone knobs. I hate the cheap pots that you roll the tone and it just seems to go from off to on at about 7.
     
  10. j2b4o

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    who do you buy from?
     
  11. FaceMeltingJam

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    Alessandro pot are by far the best... if you wanna pay for em.
     
  12. teleamp

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    Lot's of high dollar amps use Alpha, they have metal shafts and have a "good" feel when turning.

    tubesandmore.com has CTS and Alpha... get one of each and see which you prefer the feel of.

    On the high end, (MI use) PEC makes some nice ones, but the Alpha's actually feel better. And your right, they're just variable resistors. westlabs.com has the PEC IIRC.

    If your going to be soldering anything to the backs, I'd get the Alpha... no nasty coatings to deal with. The CTS will need some sanding to get to bare metal. The PEC's are stainless and and you would have to use lots of heat and silver solder.
     
  13. j2b4o

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    does 500k 250k or 1meg allow the most gain or does it not matter?
     
  14. teleamp

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    For a volume control on an amp, most schematics I have seen use a 1 meg audio taper pot, some of the older amps (Watkins Dominator, use a 500K audio taper). I have never seen a 250K used for a volume control. (in an amp)

    To get the most gain out of a preamp, eliminate the volume pot altogether and use the guitars volume control. Just like when you chain many pedals and have "tone suck" and it gets better as you eliminate stuff from the chain... preamps act the same way, the more stuff a signal goes through takes away.

    But, to answer your question, I think a 1 meg audio taper would be your best bet.

    Anything more than Alpha, or CTS is a waste of money. IMHO
     
  15. StratTone

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    I agree. Can't beat CTS pots. Very nice pots and easy to solder grounds to.
     
  16. zzmoore

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    I seem to have a smattering of CTS, Bourns, Alpha and one $12.00 Alessandro.
    Good Luck
     
  17. Gtowngearhead

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    Is there a best? It's too subjective to say. And don't pay the money for an Alessandro pot... Use the 80/20 rule. Or somewhere close to there...
     
  18. AJ Love

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    Who makes the best pot? The dudes up in British Columbia
     
  19. j2b4o

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    Lol. Please that bc bud doesn't even touch me,Cali for the win.


    But Back to the topic at hand.....
    I have herd that log pots are best for volume and linear is better for tone is this your experience? I like my tone knobs to have the highest sensitivity so I have a broader spectrum of tones to choose from. Thanks
     
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    Jim over at WCR has some "superpots" he had made by CTS that have a great taper, the question is really how do you want the pot to react, otherwise it's just a variable resistor- For guitars I try and stay away from the Clarostat/PEC sealed type because you can't solder to the back.
     

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