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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-28-2013, 02:02 PM Thread Starter
 
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Alternative to "no load tone pot"

Hi, I recently connected the tonepot to work only with the bridge pickup and loving it

Only problem is I miss the highs I could get when the tone pot wasn't connected. I searched the web and found many doing the "no load mod." but to be honest it seemed a little risky to me. I might pretty much ruin the cap...

Are there any alternatives to this? like what if I keep the pot inside the guitar and place a 3 way switch that can be like;

a-no load
b-tonepot engaged (pot not turned)
c-capasitor engaged (killing all the highs)

But I'll need wiring diagrams for this

If any other ideas please let me know!
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-28-2013, 10:13 PM
 
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Re: Alternative to "no load tone pot"

You can make your tone pot a 1 meg pot. That is the easiest way.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-29-2013, 03:40 AM
 
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Re: Alternative to "no load tone pot"

Disconnect them like i did in my strat. You will feel the pickup is mildly hotter..
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-29-2013, 10:25 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Alternative to "no load tone pot"

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You can make your tone pot a 1 meg pot. That is the easiest way.
Hey j.arledge, thanks again

Could you educate me in short about this? I thought the cap always filters earlier (its an orange 0.22) than the pot?
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Re: Alternative to "no load tone pot"

the way i understand it is that the 1 meg pot offers more resistance (500 k more) between the outside lugs and the middle lug of the pot. This means that it is harder for your pickup's signal to leak over in to the ground through the capacitor.

i am not extremely well versed in electronics theory or knowledge but i think that is the gist of it. I can also say that I have used 1 meg pots before and you can tell a difference for sure. The pickups are a lot brighter and seem more powerful,which is good in some cases and not so good. It can make some pickups shrill on the high end or liven up a dark pickup.

either way it is a cool, easy, cheap mod to try out.
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Re: Alternative to "no load tone pot"

Will do
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