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no blending of volume for p/j with v/v/t

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by BFunk, Jan 26, 2013.

  1. BFunk

    BFunk Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    I have a passive P/J with DiMarzio Model P and Model J. The controls are V/V/T with a 3 way pickup switch. The volume pots are 500K each. The tone pot is 250K. What is notice is that when I have the 3-way set in the middle, i.e. both pickups on, the volume controls don't seem to blend very well. Instead, if I have one pickup full-on the other one off, and then slowly increase the volume of the other pickup, nothing happens until about the last 1/4" of travel. Then the other pickup comes on full. The remaining 10% does not does not increase volume at all. I hear this is common in passive p/j circuits. Any suggestions on how I can get a smoother blending?
  2. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    use linear volumes for more shading at the top of their range, especially with 500ks.

    also, if you have the 3-way, you can wire the volumes gibson-style with the pickups going to the clockwise lugs and the center lugs going to the switch.

    this will also improve the tone and taper.

    (the trade-off is you can't totally kill one volume without killing the entire signal, but you have a 3-way switch for that.)