Rickenbacker "330k" pots are actually 500k?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Barib, Jun 1, 2021.

  1. Barib


    May 6, 2021
    So, I haven't measured this myself. But nowadays Rickenbacker uses 330k pots on everything (their guitars and basses).

    But anyone who has measured these pots online, shows they are ALL within tolerance for 500k. So, why would Ric label them as 330?

    It just doesn't make sense. Especially when their vintage models used 500k pots. They didn't actually change. (I'd ask on a Ric forum, but I can't seem to get accepted...)
  2. sunbeast

    sunbeast Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2006
    Los Angeles, CA
    Not sure where you’ve been reading this, but all the modern Rick pots I’ve measured have actually measured below 330K, usually closer to 300K or even less- I've never measured a single one above the labeled value. Rick gets pots made by CTS, and even within 10% tolerance (pretty standard) they could measure under 300K.

    Vintage Ricks (at least 4001s) used 250K Volumes and 500K Tones, I assume they decided to simplify their stock and just choose one value for all positions that was close enough to get the total load of the vintage harnesses (the actual value should be 375K, but that may not have been an option). I like to redo my harnesses like the 4001 or using all 500K pots, but using linear taper pots for Volume which allows more subtle blending.
    Last edited: Jun 1, 2021
  3. iiipopes

    iiipopes Supporting Member

    May 4, 2009
    Ask the collective wisdom of the folks at rickresource.com . In my experience with friends' instruments, the pots are nominally the 330kohm.
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