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250k or 500k pots?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Nick303, Oct 28, 2013.

  1. Nick303


    Jun 9, 2013
    What do I need to know to make an informed choice here? I'm wiring up a jazz bass from scratch and there's a few options; firstly, what's the difference between these pots? Second, kits come with different capacitors, what and why?

    As always, TB advice is welcome.
  2. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I grow organic carrots and they are not for sale
    For a jazz bass the norm is 250k ohm pots.
  3. Higher resistance pots give a hair more high end.

    Higher value capacitors give lower frequency cutoff points than lower value capacitors, and vice-versa.

    The tradition is 250k audio tapers for all pots, and a 0.047uf capacitor of any non-polarized type.
  4. Nick303


    Jun 9, 2013
    Thank you guys.
  5. acebase62


    Jun 29, 2010
    With hum-cancelling J pickups, I prefer 500k volume pots, and a Fender TBX tone control.

    This allows more "clarity" if needed, IME.

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