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Potentiometer Value Question - Easy One (I Think)

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by circuitspore, Feb 13, 2014.

  1. circuitspore

    circuitspore Supporting Member

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    What would happen if I used a 5k pot for the tone control on a Jazz Bass instead of a 250k pot? I'm talking standard V/V/T jazz, not stacked V/T V/T controls.
  2. Crater

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    It would be like having your tone control on "0" all the time. Actually it would go from "0" (zero) to 1/50th "on".

    Wait until you can get the proper pot.
  3. line6man

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    This.
  4. circuitspore

    circuitspore Supporting Member

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    Hmmm. Dang. Well, it's already wired in, but done by accident. Thought I had three 250k pots but there was a 5k in the mix. Just so happened that it wound up as the tone control.
  5. circuitspore

    circuitspore Supporting Member

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    Also, thanks for the answers guys.
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    It seems before posting you already had the answer.

    How did it behave when you played it and adjusted the control?
  7. circuitspore

    circuitspore Supporting Member

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    Well, not necessarily. I figure that just because I know I screwed one thing up, doesn't mean it's directly related to or totally responsible for the overall outcome. Hence why I asked folks in the know what should happen in that scenario.

    But to answer your question, it doesn't sound like the tone is on zero to me. But turning the pot doesn't seem to change the sound. Oddly enough, I discovered the screw up when I went to turn the tone down after playing a particular riff.
  8. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member

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    it's probably like having the tone pot on "2" or "3".

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