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Electronics wizzes: What are some high quality pots?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Ostinato, Apr 10, 2005.

  1. Ostinato

    Ostinato Guest

    Feb 7, 2005
    Toronto ON
    I'm thinking about upgrading the passive electronics in a Jazz Bass. I'm looking for the best 250K audio taper pots money can buy! Smooth taper, with no jumps or dips in volume and tone. Fender? CTS? Clarostat? Others?

    :bassist: :bassist: :bassist:
  2. Andy Brown

    Andy Brown Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 23, 2004
    Rhode Island
    Founder/Owner: Wing Instruments
    CTS is good quality. I used to manage that line at a major electronics distributor. Bourns is also great quality although they're mainly known for surface-mount trim pots.

    You may also look at http://www.newark.com or http://www.digi-key.com

  3. Geoff St. Germaine

    Geoff St. Germaine Commercial User

    We were using some pots in our lab that are about $40 a pop. I noticed that they have the same shaft size as most solid shaft pots I've seen on instruments. They would be pretty precise and all, but they take ten full rotations so I don't know how long it would take to be sick of all the turning.

    I can check what brand they are. My buddy was building something for an ion implant system using the pots.... i'm not sure what though.
  4. A9X


    Dec 27, 2003
    Sinny, Oztraya
    Bourns, Spectrol, Alps and Vishay. Try electronics wholsesalers in your area or look them up online and find a distributor.
  5. fretlessrock

    fretlessrock Supporting Member

    Aug 8, 2002
    I really like the CTS solid shaft pots that places like Guitarpartsresource carry. Use a nice SPrague orange drop for the cap and you will be in jazz bass tone hebbin.

    You could go with a lot of super high end stuff, but the CTS is well made and easy to find.