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Concentric Pots

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by TheToe, Feb 2, 2004.

  1. TheToe


    Feb 2, 2004
    Dayton, OH
    undefinedundefinedI recently bought a MIM Jazz Bass that looks like a '62 re-issue. I need to replace the "buzzy" controls, and am considering using concentric pots to stick with the '62 look. Is there an advantage/disadvantage to replacing the standard VVT controls with concentric pots?
  2. Functionally, the advantage of dual concentric pots on a jazz bass would be that you can independently set the volume and tone levels of each pickup, while with a V/V/T wiring scheme you can set the volume level of each pickup independently, but the tone can only function as a master.

    Only downside I could think of is the extra hole you'll have in the control plate, which is primarily an issue of aesthetics, though it would potentially make it easier for foreign material such as dust to enter the pots and make their rotation scratchy. If you don't like the idea of a useless hole, you could just put a patch of any variety of tape over it, get a '62 style control plate, or install a series/parallel switch if you're feeling a little ambitious and want more tone options.

    Oh, and since its a MIM and has single coil pickups, shield the sucker while you have the guts out. You'll be glad you did.

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