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the 250k/500k tone difference

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by maturanesa, Aug 9, 2012.

  1. I know 500k pots give a brigter tone, but how much?

    Imagine you have a treble knob, how much points up is a 500k pot vs a 200k?

    im wiring a musicman humbucker, passive, about 11 k in series mode and i have vol/tone 500k pots

    just wondering if the pots would bright the tone too much...
  2. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    you can't throw a number on it, because it depends on lots of factors, a major one being the impedance of the pickup.

    my expectation is that an 11k humbucker would benefit from the 500ks; the higher that number, the more prone to treble loss from loading caused by lower-resistance pots.

    you're gonna want a linear taper volume, as audio volumes, especially higher than 250k, drop off really fast from "10".
  3. acebase62


    Jun 29, 2010
    I agree with walterw.
  4. SGD Lutherie

    SGD Lutherie Banned Commercial User

    Aug 21, 2008
    Bloomfield, NJ
    Owner, SGD Music Products
    What Walter said.

    The impedance of the pickup also affects the tone circuit.

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