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Wire and Pots

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by middy, Aug 13, 2007.


  1. middy

    middy

    Mar 14, 2007
    Texas
    I've read the FAQs and the recommended threads, but I can't find the answers I'm looking for.

    I'm going to rewire my SX jazz and install some Dimarzio Ultra Js. I figure I'll replace all the electronics while I'm in there.

    1. What gauge/type of wire is best?

    2. What kind of pots are standard on the Fender Jazz? 250K solid-shaft? What brand do you recommend?

    3. What brand output jack and tone cap do you recommend?

    Is there an online store where I can order all these parts including the pickups?

    TIA for any help. :bassist:
     
  2. ConspiracyBass

    ConspiracyBass Leo Got It Right.

    Jan 22, 2007
    Fort Wayne, IN
    1. 22 or 20 would work fine. You could go 18 if you wished.

    2. I believe fender uses their own pots. Though, I assume they're just rebranded CTS pots. So, I would just use CTS. Solid shaft.

    3. Jack: Switchcraft / Tone Cap: Orange Drop

    You can get a wiring kit from www.basspartsresource.com with CTS pots, switchcraft jack, and orange drop tone cap.

    You can get the pickups from www.bestbassgear.com

    Both have very cheap 2-3 day USPS shipping.
     
  3. middy

    middy

    Mar 14, 2007
    Texas
    Great! Thanks CB!
     
  4. +1 to everything said there
     
  5. Puru

    Puru

    Mar 13, 2006
    Alachua, Florida
    What's the difference in sound using an Orange Drop cap as opposed to a basic ceramic disk cap?
     
  6. Turnaround

    Turnaround Commercial User

    May 6, 2004
    Toronto Canada
    Independent Instrument Technician, and Contractor to Club Bass and Guitar - Toronto
    Orange sounds "fruitier".
     
  7. ConspiracyBass

    ConspiracyBass Leo Got It Right.

    Jan 22, 2007
    Fort Wayne, IN
    Ha.

    Though I imagine not a whole hell of a lot in reality.
     
  8. Orange Drop caps are Metal Film, the Ceramic ones are, well, Ceramic :p

    the Orange Drop caps will be quieter and have a smoother transition (as long as you are using an audio taper pot) every turn will have a pretty even effect on tone, ceramic caps sometimes tend to be a bit more jumpy, less noticable changes then big changes in tone.
     
  9. Puru

    Puru

    Mar 13, 2006
    Alachua, Florida
    Thanks Mohawk
     

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