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change out the pots? Saturation Plugins
Old 6th September 2007
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change out the pots?

This thread is just slightly different than the caps thread but i didnt want to distract from that thread. I learned alot as far as changed caps out, but from what I can gather it only makes a difference at lower volumes. Im playing guitar again in a punk band and my guitar is a bit trebly. I run the volumes wide open all the time so changing the caps may not do me much good. I read in wikipedia that my guitar is supposed to have at least 500k pots, not the 250k pots that are in there. Its a 72 tele deluxe. Apprently the orignals had 1meg pots. It said to change the pots out to 500k and I would notice a much hotter, less trebly signal. Any experience with stuff like that? Also what brand pots should I get. Im transitioning into a new job so i have literally no money to spend, and it uses 4 pots, so $50 a pot would be out of my price range.
Old 6th September 2007
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Higher value pots will raise the resonate frequency, making it sound brighter.
Old 6th September 2007
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Your right, i got confused. Would it bring out the bite in my pickups though? Im just not quite sure what i dont like about this guitar, but it def has to do with the tone. I love so much about this guitar i just wanna get the tone nailed down. The tone sounds weak and indie rocky. Im looking for a more in your face punk/stoner rock sound. I know thats kinda an oxymoron but something that is a little dark with alot of bite.

Id replace the pickups but it uses wierd size humbuckers and id have to replace the pickguard too and then it starts to get kinda pricey.
Old 6th September 2007
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Ask Pete @ Vintage Vibe Guitars to build you some drop-in replacements. Tell him what kind of tone you're after. He's great to work with and makes superb pickups.

Short of new pickups, it sounds like you'd like the results from the no load tone pots that Jim suggested in the other thread. That will open up the sound and give you some added gain. It won't make the guitar any less bright though. And, of course, try adjusting the pickup height.
Old 7th September 2007
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72 del. is too trebly? the one w/ the humbuckers? what amp?
Old 11th September 2007
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Yea it is the one with the humbuckers, but its still a fender. Its a crate blue voodoo amp, which is a pretty meaty amp to begin with. Im thinking harder and harder about just replacing the bridge pickup becuase I dont think changing the pot values is going to give me as much of a difference as I want. This is a new one too, not one of the old ones. The originals sound a little different.
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