Post by keletcaster on Oct 19, 2012 20:41:12 GMT -5
Hello everyone this is my 1st post on this forum I have built some pretty nice partscasters & can weild a soldering iron pretty well but I've been lookin at some of the wild stuff you guys are doing & Holy smokes!!! Some of you guys are truely mad scientists! Lol' :)Very cool stuff. What I would like to ask is I'm about to embark on my latest build an ash Telecaster. What I would like to do is use a wide range Tele humbucker in the neck & a Tele style pickup in the bridge. What volume pot would you use a 250 or 300 I dont want to use a 500 because the bridge pickup will be way to bright. There is some great electrical guys on here so your advice would be greatly appreciated.
I dont want to use a 500 because the bridge pickup will be way to bright.
But, on the flipside, using a 250 may make the neck HB too muddy. Either way, it's a tradeoff somewhere, so it's largely a matter of your personal preference.
But bear in mind that it's a lot easier to take some extra brightness out than to put back in what wasn't there in the first place. If the Bridge SC is too bright, you can dial the tone control back a bit to take care of that. If the neck is too dark, you can't adjust it brighter, at least not with a standard tone control. Something to consider, anyway.
Using a 250 vs. a 300 probably won't be a huge difference, and may not even be audibly different at all. Bear in mind, too, that those numbers are nominal values, and most guitar components are ±20%, so that 250K pot could come out of the factory anywhere between 200K and 300K and still get shipped.
Another question you need to address is the tone pot value, since both controls are wired together in parallel in the std. Tele set-up. It's really the total resistance of the pair that matters. If you use 2 500K pots, the combined resistance is 250K; 2 250K gives you 125K, while one 500K and one 250K give you 166.66K- it doesn't exactly split the difference, but does give you an option in between the other values.