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Potentiometer Value Question - Easy One (I Think)

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by circuitspore, Feb 13, 2014.

  1. circuitspore


    Aug 27, 2006
    Raleigh, NC
    What would happen if I used a 5k pot for the tone control on a Jazz Bass instead of a 250k pot? I'm talking standard V/V/T jazz, not stacked V/T V/T controls.
  2. Crater


    Oct 12, 2011
    Dallas, TX area
    It would be like having your tone control on "0" all the time. Actually it would go from "0" (zero) to 1/50th "on".

    Wait until you can get the proper pot.
  3. This.
  4. circuitspore


    Aug 27, 2006
    Raleigh, NC
    Hmmm. Dang. Well, it's already wired in, but done by accident. Thought I had three 250k pots but there was a 5k in the mix. Just so happened that it wound up as the tone control.
  5. circuitspore


    Aug 27, 2006
    Raleigh, NC
    Also, thanks for the answers guys.
  6. --Vissinger --

    --Vissinger --

    Jan 31, 2010
    It seems before posting you already had the answer.

    How did it behave when you played it and adjusted the control?
  7. circuitspore


    Aug 27, 2006
    Raleigh, NC
    Well, not necessarily. I figure that just because I know I screwed one thing up, doesn't mean it's directly related to or totally responsible for the overall outcome. Hence why I asked folks in the know what should happen in that scenario.

    But to answer your question, it doesn't sound like the tone is on zero to me. But turning the pot doesn't seem to change the sound. Oddly enough, I discovered the screw up when I went to turn the tone down after playing a particular riff.
  8. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    it's probably like having the tone pot on "2" or "3".