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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-13-2009, 01:17 AM Thread Starter
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Question regarding tone pots


So I have a Fender Stratocaster with a Floyd and I'm planning on switching out the pickups on it.

Right now it's all stocked except for the middle which is a YJM. Anyway, I"m planning on getting a Air Norton for the neck, YJM for middle and another humbucker. Possibly a Steve's Special. So, since I'm swithing from a ssh to a HSH wiring. Would I need to change my tone pots? The guitar already has a 5way switch.


Here's what I got.

I'm almost thinking of getting another one. These seem to be great guitars. Not to much not to cheap. If I do get one... I'll deft. get a maple warmoth neck for it.

Anyway, Thanks for your suggestions.
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Re: Question regarding tone pots

Switch Everything to 500K if it isn't already
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Re: Question regarding tone pots

Rule of thumb I've always heard was and 250K for tone pots, regardless of the pickup. I'd be willing to bet almost any guitar you looked at had that. It also depends on what you want to hear. I found this somewhere else.

1Meg = very bright sounding
500K = bright sounding
250K = warm, vintage sounding

1Meg = bright HB...shrill SC
500K = warm HB...bright SC
250K = muddy HB, warm SC

...the HIGHER the pot resistance value, the LESS high-frequencies are attenuated.
...the LOWER the pot resistance value, the MORE high-frequencies are attenduated.

If it were me, I'd leave the stock Fender tone pot and just replace the volume with a 500K
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Re: Question regarding tone pots

Most humbucker equipped these days have 500K for both volume and tone. I've got a guitar that does have a 500K volume and 250K (maybe 300K - Gibson pots anyway), and I think the tone pot is really muddying up the tone. I'll eventually get around to replacing it with a 500K I think.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-14-2009, 09:19 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Question regarding tone pots

Okay, Cool. Thanks for your help guys. Instead of starting another thread... Has anyone had any experience with Eden guitar parts?
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