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no blending of volume for p/j with v/v/t

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by BFunk, Jan 26, 2013.

  1. BFunk

    BFunk Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 29, 2001
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    I have a passive P/J with DiMarzio Model P and Model J. The controls are V/V/T with a 3 way pickup switch. The volume pots are 500K each. The tone pot is 250K. What is notice is that when I have the 3-way set in the middle, i.e. both pickups on, the volume controls don't seem to blend very well. Instead, if I have one pickup full-on the other one off, and then slowly increase the volume of the other pickup, nothing happens until about the last 1/4" of travel. Then the other pickup comes on full. The remaining 10% does not does not increase volume at all. I hear this is common in passive p/j circuits. Any suggestions on how I can get a smoother blending?
  2. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2009
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    use linear volumes for more shading at the top of their range, especially with 500ks.

    also, if you have the 3-way, you can wire the volumes gibson-style with the pickups going to the clockwise lugs and the center lugs going to the switch.

    this will also improve the tone and taper.

    (the trade-off is you can't totally kill one volume without killing the entire signal, but you have a 3-way switch for that.)

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