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Old 01-26-2013, 02:45 AM   #1
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I'm stupid about pots.

Okay maybe not completely, but I don't understand much and since I have some pots that need replacing I have a few questions.

Before I start I have done some research (most went over my head) But I came away with:

1M pots are the brightest sounding.
500k are not as bright.
250k sound darker.

I will be replacing pots (for the first time EVER) in an Ibanez GSR-100 (P pup) and my Kramer Striker 100ST (1 HB in the bridge).

Questions:

1) What is the difference between audio taper and linear taper?

2) Would the 500k pots work well in my Ibby?
Note: I want as close to a classic P bass tone as possible.

3) Would a concentric pot work in my Kramer guitar? It only has one volume but I want to give it a bit more versatility.

4) I know what caps do, but are they different for guitars and basses?
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Old 01-26-2013, 03:18 AM   #2
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You want audio taper, otherwise it won't seem to evenly roll the volume down. 500k should work. A concentric pot would work, but if you're asking if it'd work, then you might be a bit over your head. Caps are not different.
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Old 01-26-2013, 03:32 AM   #3
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Okay. Doing yet more research it seems to get as close as possible to a P bass tone I might want to go 250k and audio taper for the volume, and linear for the tone.

Is that right?
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Old 01-26-2013, 03:38 AM   #4
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Sure, sounds good. The tone pot can be linear, but explaining that to some people is difficult.
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Old 01-27-2013, 03:37 PM   #5
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1) Effectively the span of '100' to '0'. The log/audio taper pots function more like the human ear. Essentially use audio/log for volume controls and linear for tone controls

2) Depends. 500ks are used in Les Pauls for example, and 250k are used in singlecoils. These are not tried and true rules, but if your guitar has humpups I would start with 500k

3) I feel the difference would be negligible

4) The values are slightly different, yes. again if you play with tone on 10 the caps don't really matter aside from that they are a part of the circuit
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