Do pots affect the sound/tone?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Bjazzman, Jun 23, 2008.

  1. Bjazzman


    Dec 7, 2004
    Madison WI
    im thinking about replacing the pots in my squier vm jazz. would this affect the tone/sound in any way? i really like the sound of the bass by itself but i'd like the pots not to be crackly.
  2. envika


    Nov 27, 2007
    Bronx, NY
    As long as you keep the pot values the same, it shouldn't affect the tone. Swapping 250Ks for 500Ks is a different story.
  3. Bjazzman


    Dec 7, 2004
    Madison WI
    what happens then?
  4. you'll get a darker tone with less high end headroom. for me the biggest factor is durability you can buy a 7 dollar pot or a 1.50 pot but the cheap one with be noisy (probably) and not hold up very long.
  5. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
    Have you tried cleaning the pots?
  6. maurilio

    maurilio Guest

    May 25, 2003
    if you go from 250k to 500k it's gonna be the opposite!

  7. jabjab


    Apr 16, 2008
    Yes that's correct,i have a custom made jazz bass which i installed 500k pots,and i prefere it to the 250k in this bass anyway:)