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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-10-2017, 01:07 PM Thread Starter
 
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Installing 500k pots in my Prestige

Hey guys,

I had a couple Ibanez prestiges: RGA121, RG652LWFX, and the RGR652AHB.

I installed Bareknuckle pickups in all of them. When I installed them my luthier told me that I need 500k pots for Bareknuckles pickups. My question is, I know Ibanez has 500k pots, but I really want to install the Bareknuckle 550k CTS pots in my guitars. However, to install the 550K i'm going to have to drill a hole to fit the pot.

I was wondering if anyone more experienced members here could chime in on wether or not drilling the hole for the pot would be a bad idea, or if it just comes down to wether or not I want to make such a modification to my guitar?

Your input will be greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-10-2017, 07:32 PM
 
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Re: Installing 500k pots in my Prestige

Is it really worth drilling the holes larger, and replacing the pots if the stock pots are doing their job properly?
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Re: Installing 500k pots in my Prestige

Thanks for the reply. I'm planning on upgrading the pots either way, the question is wether I should go for Ibanez 500k pots or if its worth drilling for the 550K CTS pots
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Re: Installing 500k pots in my Prestige

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Thanks for the reply. I'm planning on upgrading the pots either way, the question is wether I should go for Ibanez 500k pots or if its worth drilling for the 550K CTS pots
Well the guitar comes with 500K pots anyway, so my question still stands, if they are working fine, do they really need to be replaced? You're replacing like for like as far as functionality goes.
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Re: Installing 500k pots in my Prestige

Honestly, tolerances on most pots aren't THAT tight - I don't remember off the top of my head, but I want to say +/-10% is pretty typical. If you sat down with a dozen pots and a multimeter, you could probably find two 500k pots that read around 550k anyway.

I'd also be shocked if you could hear the difference between a pot that read 500 and one that read 550 - even 250 to 500 isn't THAT pronounced with humbuckers, and if you really wanted to brighten/open up the top end of the pickups, I'd say jump to 1 meg pots, which I suspect you'll STILL find to be a subtle change
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