Post by RandomHero on Apr 25, 2005 13:08:48 GMT -5
Volume and tone pots can theoretically be wired in a variety of different ways. The center lug of all pots is connected to an internal "wiper" that is moved along a resistive, semi-circular strip inside the pot housing. The lugs are usually numbered 1, 2, and 3. When the shaft is turned all the way toward lug 3, the resistance between lugs 2 and 3 is almost nothing, whereas the resistance between 1 and 2 is as much as the pot can provide.
It's difficult to explain without being in person, and I'm unsure as to the method of your instrument's wiring. www.stewmac.com has a great many helpful pages on guitar wiring that may do a better job at explaining than I will, I suggest you check them out.
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there's explanations of how pots can be wired as bypass or inhibit volume controls. And if you understand volume pots, you can think of a tone pot as a volume pot that only affects higher frequencies. (the cutoff point is then determined by teh capacitor value)