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250k or 500k Pots For Homemade Going For Beatle Bass Tone?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by iambucket, Nov 26, 2018.

  1. Hi. To give you an idea of the tonal combo I've created so far, I am doing a spruce top semi-hollow flat-top (don't know how to make an archtop) with a back of laminated maple/mahogany. The neck is a Warmoth roasted maple/Indian Rosewood fretboard.

    I'm using SDs in a sm-1b/sm-3n combo after reading this article:
    SD Mini-Humbuckers and the Hofner Beatle Bass

    Strings will be D'Addario Chromes light gauge flats. So now the question is, to get Beatle bass tone, 250k? or 500k? I know the general rule with single-coil vs humbucker but wasn't sure if that applied to mini-humbuckers.

    Last edited: Nov 26, 2018
  2. Jim C

    Jim C I believe in the trilogy; Fender, Stingray, + G&L Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Bethesda, MD
    I would say 250K as they are not as bright as 500K
    Ain't nothin bright about Sir Paul's groove
  3. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    yeah, 250ks will be more than bright enough for "that sound" and the tradeoff advantage is that they'll have a smoother sweep than 500k.
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