Originally Posted by redboy1975
So do you really think it would make a difference premium vs regular ? I'm not so sure it is going to make a difference but I want the best pots they make and I thought that was them. I'll research more on the linear vs audio taper thing I was hoping someone could just break it down for me . I'm an electrical ****** so all that tech talk just starts sounding like another language after a while . Thanks for the help !
If you look on the 95 spec sheet, there is a graph of the audio and linear tapers, expressing resistance as a function of the percentage of rotation. Audio taper follows a logarithmic curve, while linear is linear. This affects the way in which you will perceive changes in volume and tone when you rotate the pots.
Traditionally, volume and tone pots on instruments have always been audio taper. It is the opinion of many, however, that linear taper volume pots work better, as the goal is not to do volume fades, but rather, to blend pickup signals. A typical problem inherent to audio taper pots is a steep dropoff in volume very close to the end of the rotation. This is not an issue with linear taper pots, as the resistance is spread out evenly. Again, however, it's heavily debated, so you might want to try both.
For tone controls, it is almost always desirable to use audio taper pots. This is because ideal behavior is to have a very high resistance at the end of the rotation, while spreading out a much lower range of resistance throughout the rest of the sweep. Linear taper tone pots don't tend to have any audible effect until they are rolled down considerably, and then often squash the range of control into a small portion of the rotation.