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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-05-2005, 12:39 AM Thread Starter
 
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500k, or 1 MEG? What would it be like?

I know 500 hundreds are good, but I've also seen that there are 1 MEG's out there now, are these super hot, or what's the deal on them? I was just interested in knowing what it would do volume AND tone wise? Let me know.
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Re: 500k, or 1 MEG? What would it be like?

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I know 500 hundreds are good, but I've also seen that there are 1 MEG's out there now, are these super hot, or what's the deal on them? I was just interested in knowing what it would do volume AND tone wise? Let me know.
1M pots put less load on the pickups. This causes the frequency response to be affected less and so the sound is brighter. They work well for really high output pickups that are sometimes considered muddy because they add a bit of sparkle. Yo may also have a slight increase in overall volume but its quite small. Some say that 1Meg pots have tapers that are "bunched at one end" instead of being a gradual increase in volume.

If you want to know what it will sound like its in between having a 500k pot and having not pot attached to a pickup.
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Re: 500k, or 1 MEG? What would it be like?

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If you want to know what it will sound like its in between having a 500k pot and having not pot attached to a pickup.
Yeah, a 1MEG pot full open is like not having a pot at all
If you have a pickup that is very bright, or a little harsh, using a 1MEG pot will make you break windows when you pinch a harmonic

1MEG pots are difficult to find in audiotapers, most of them are linear and if they are linear they will feel like bunched to one side.
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Re: 500k, or 1 MEG? What would it be like?

I did this experiment - I'm always looking to recover any output lost by components like potentiometers, etc...

I use 500k volume pots as a rule... and put in a good 1 meg pot.
The brightness was intolerable to me! Wow... it was disturbing how big a difference this made - if you've got a guitar with a 500k volume that needs some sparkle regained without changing much, do this...

I'm pretty particular, really - I have to use a 30-foot cable (of good quality, in fact I favour Canaire cable, which I use with Switchcraft ends to make my own) as anything shorter sounds wrong to me - too bright.
And using a shorter cable with different eq to reduce brightness is all wrong, too... I've just become too used to the 30' patch cords all this time... go figure.
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