Post by simplejones on Dec 17, 2008 15:41:54 GMT -5
Howdy all, I've got a Tele that I put a bridge-position PAF-style humbucker into. It still has it's original neck single coil and it's original 250k-pots and cap.
I'm wondering if I can add a new 500k volume pot just for the bridge PU (in an effort to brighten the bucker slightly), change the 250k master volume to a neck PU volume, and keep the 250k master tone.
Just wanted to bounce it off y'all to see if anyone knows of a reason why this would be a bad idea before I go put an extra hole into my guitar.
Well, I think you will want a 500k tone pot, not a 500k volume pot, for the humbucker - but I would just replace the 250k tone pot with a 500k tone pot and see how that goes first ... however, this is GuitarNuts, so let's see what others have to say about moving you closer to your tone quest.
Hang tight and, in the meantime, you could take a look here to see how the extra tone pot might fit in.
to see if anyone knows of a reason why this would be a bad idea before I go put an extra hole into my guitar.
On a Tele, isn't this just another hole in the control plate??
This can be done fairly easily once you figure out the physical installation. You could use a concentric pot and avoid any new holes. Or you could drill for a third pot, but I suspect (without having ever measured it) that you're going to have to use the mini-sized pots to get them all to fit the control plate. Which means buying 3 new pots. Which means the choice of pot values is wide open.
I'd make both the bridge vol and the master tone 500K pots. This would get the HB brighter and wouldn't have a drastic effect on the SC. But YMMV.
I'm gonna flog this one again, as this is one of the simplest and more versatile things you can do with another hole in your guitar...
This one is from Wolf's site. A great resource for ideas and inspiration.
2 Capacitor Tone Control
This diagram shows a tone control that has a switching option for choosing 2 capacitor values. The switch is a Single Pole Double Throw (SPDT). Suggested values for the capacitors would be .02 and .047 mfd.
A flick of the switch and you can change cap values for your single coil or humbucker.
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