It seems the standard log pots I purchase for my guitars invariably produce an on/off type of action when used for a volume control with humbuckers. Can anyone suggest a reliable source of audio pots for guitars (preferably online and Europe/UK-based) or better still a specific manufacturer brand or country of production I should seek out? All I want is a nice smooth taper from on to off.
(Lately I have been buying from www.axesrus.com and www.banzaieffects.com . Both these companies stock pots but I'm not sure whether to order unless I know I'll see an improvement in the product.)
If you have a single pot that suddenly switches off when turned, then that is very strange, no matter what taper, unless perhaps you are pluging into something other than a normal high-impedance guitar amp input?
I have found something similar though, with an LP guitar with two volume controls, using them to set a mix of pups. With one pup full-on, turning the other down a little almost immediately makes it fade from the mix. I think linear pots can be better in this case.
What sort of set-up are you having a problem with ?
i know what you are trying to say, but you need to get the terminology right.
pots (short for potentiometers) can have linear or audio (log) taper in their resistive elements.
it doesn't work well to distinguish between the two, by calling linear pots "pots", and audio taper pots "audio tapers".
i agree with John.
the problem you are having might not be a result of poor manufacturing, but of having the right taper for the particular job.
the problem, also might be the way the pots are connected.
if you could post a schematic or diagram of the wiring you are using, that will help John determine which taper is best for your application, and if there might be a more effective way to connect the pots.
if there are no issues that need to be resolved, then you should look for a better source for your pots.
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I've sorted this out now. I had merely wired the pot incorrectly and jumped to conclusions. I had the output from the switch going straight to the jack and another one from the switch to the volume centre lug. Therefore the pot's action was only across half it's range. This is a mistake I've made in the past but I had to work out the solution again from scratch since it's been a while since I did any guitar wiring.
Last Edit: Jan 13, 2007 4:30:50 GMT -5 by wickerman