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post Sep 30 2009, 12:54 PM
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I want to upgrade my volume and tone pots on my Les Paul copy. I do not know the diff between 250k, and 500k..etc. Which is which?


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post Sep 30 2009, 01:26 PM
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A general rule is:-
250K for use with Single Coils and 500K for Humbuckers.
Is your Les Paul Humbuckers or P 90 style?

Just to confuse things a little more.. some Ibanez models are installed with 1000K (1Meg) pots!

Why are you thinking of changing them??
Depending on what you are trying to achieve with your sound it might be more easily solved some other way!
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post Sep 30 2009, 09:20 PM
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Yeah Jones is right, 500K pot is for humbuckers, should do the job nicely.


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post Oct 1 2009, 11:54 PM
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QUOTE (Sensible Jones @ Sep 30 2009, 06:26 AM) *
A general rule is:-
250K for use with Single Coils and 500K for Humbuckers.
Is your Les Paul Humbuckers or P 90 style?

Just to confuse things a little more.. some Ibanez models are installed with 1000K (1Meg) pots!

Why are you thinking of changing them??
Depending on what you are trying to achieve with your sound it might be more easily solved some other way!
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Give us as much info as you can and what you want to achieve and we'll try to sort it out!!
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Thanks for the info. I'm not really changing them to change my sound. The stock ones are a little rough..just wanted to put in some better quality ones. I used some contact cleaner on them, but still too rough and a lot of noise. Umm, the 500k is for both volume and tone??

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post Oct 2 2009, 12:22 AM
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QUOTE (GuitarMonkey @ Oct 1 2009, 11:54 PM) *
Thanks for the info. I'm not really changing them to change my sound. The stock ones are a little rough..just wanted to put in some better quality ones. I used some contact cleaner on them, but still too rough and a lot of noise. Umm, the 500k is for both volume and tone??

Yep, 500K for both. When you talk about 'noise/hum' it may be worth thinking of 'shielding' the control cavity to minimise 'outside' interference which is a main cause of background noise!
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QUOTE (GuitarMonkey @ Oct 2 2009, 12:54 AM) *
Thanks for the info. I'm not really changing them to change my sound. The stock ones are a little rough..just wanted to put in some better quality ones. I used some contact cleaner on them, but still too rough and a lot of noise. Umm, the 500k is for both volume and tone??

Any 500k pot goes but mind there's a difference in linear and logarithmic tuning of the pots.
Linear will make just that, a linear change to sound or tone depending on what you look to achive.
Logarithmic pot will apply such (log) an increase in signal.

A500 is Audio, log
B500 is linear

And mid that the splines can be metric or inch, depending on the knobs you want to fit.


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post Oct 2 2009, 09:36 AM
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QUOTE (GuitarMonkey @ Sep 30 2009, 09:54 PM) *
I want to upgrade my volume and tone pots on my Les Paul copy. I do not know the diff between 250k, and 500k..etc. Which is which?


To add depth to the answers you've already been given, check out this discussion:

http://www.thegearpage.net/board/archive/i...hp/t-59038.html

I actually have a 250k on my bridge Dimarzio Evolution. Installed in a small, light, 'bright' guitar, the Evolution is very hot and sharp and the 250k takes a little of the edge off, making it slightly warmer.


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post Oct 3 2009, 11:01 PM
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QUOTE (OzRob @ Oct 2 2009, 02:36 AM) *
To add depth to the answers you've already been given, check out this discussion:

http://www.thegearpage.net/board/archive/i...hp/t-59038.html

I actually have a 250k on my bridge Dimarzio Evolution. Installed in a small, light, 'bright' guitar, the Evolution is very hot and sharp and the 250k takes a little of the edge off, making it slightly warmer.

Great advice. I'll look into your advice further. Thanks to ALL of you.

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