#1
Hey guys, I just started a project of building my own guitar:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Build-Your-Own-Electric-Guitar!/step1/TOOLS-PARTS-AND-SUPPLIERS/

That's where I got the idea. I already own an Epiphone Les Paul and a Gibson SG, so I'm looking for my custom guitar to be sort of a mix between a Strat, a PRS, and the Buckethead Signature Les Paul (a Strat in that it has single coils, a PRS because it has a Floyd Rose, and the Buckethead Signature because I'm installing a killswitch).

Anyway, here's my question. I'm putting in two tone pots and one volume pot like on a Strat, but all the pots I have found online say don't specify whether or not it controls volume or tone. I'm not completely stupid, I've pretty much figured out that you can wire a pot to be either, but I'm confused as to how wire a pot to be one or the other. Here are the one's that I'm thinking of putting in:

http://www.guitarpartscentral.com/potentiometer-p-319.html

Will these work as Tone or Volume? Is there any benefit to getting a push-pull pot? Would there be an advantage to having any of them be linear pots? What do the different K-ohm levels do, which should I get? Thanks a lot, guys.

Oh, and if you want to see the other mods I'm hopefully adding to my guitar:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Guitar-Killswitch-Strat.-design/
http://www.instructables.com/id/Led-electric-guitar-pickup-mod/

Don't know how that LED one will work with single coils, but I might think of something.

Anyway, thank you for your answers.
#2
Check out Callahamguitars.com. They have everything you need and it is top quality. Just remember that if you use single coils use 250k pots and at least a .047 cap. Using humbukers use 500k pots and a cap under .035

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#3
It really doesn't matter.

The only difference usually is whether or not a pot has a linear or logarithmic taper. Logarithmic sounds linear to our ears, so gives a constant change from quiet to loud. Linear gives a lot of control over the quiet end, then jumps to loud quite quickly.

I think that log pots are used for volumes, and linear for tones.. but I could be wrong.

Also, for humbuckers, I'd used 500K pots with 0.47 caps.
#4
Log for volume, linear for tone. Some people like to change that up a bit. MintSauce has it correct.
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#5
From "Guitar PLayer Repair Guide" by Dan Erlewine. ( Probably the most respected guitar luthier)
Pots - with a few exceptions, the control pots used in guitars ase "audio taper not linear taper. 500k pots are typical in Gibsons (humbuckers), 250k pots are in Fender (single coils), Blend Pots are for panning from one source to another, 25k pots are used with ACTIVE pickups
Caps - Caps are used to reduce the highs in the tone. Strat style are typical .47 caps, typical Gibson's are .22. The deeper or darker the tone the smaller the cap. If you want a bright high tone then use a lower cap, deep dark tone (heavy metal) then use a larger cap with humbuckers.
Acme Guitar Works sells a very large selection of caps (even the OLD vintage caps)
Callaham Guitars sell great pots (CTS) including a blend pot.
I'm on my third build, it is fun but habit forming. Have fun

ESP LTD RZK-600
4 Custom Strats
1 Custom Soloist (Warmoth)
1 Custom Telecaster (Warmoth)
2007 Jimmie Vaughan Sig Strat

Callaham Hardware & Bridges
Fender Custom Shop 69's
Dimarzio Breed Pickups

Blues Junior Amp
BlackStar HT Club 40 Amp
Last edited by JohnnyNash at Dec 31, 2009,