mega nooby question: whats the deal with pots?

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mega nooby question: whats the deal with pots?

Post by philhed » Sun Aug 16, 2009 11:38 am

does every guitar have them?....and is it worth to experiment with them? or just never change a winning team?

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Post by kittenface » Sun Aug 16, 2009 12:05 pm

yes, maybe, yes
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Post by philhed » Sun Aug 16, 2009 12:50 pm

kittenface wrote:yes, maybe, yes
ok thanks mate :D

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Post by kittenface » Sun Aug 16, 2009 1:10 pm

ps - LOVE the frog!
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Re: mega nooby question: whats the deal with pots?

Post by tony_clifton » Sun Aug 16, 2009 1:54 pm

philhed wrote:does every guitar have them?....and is it worth to experiment with them? or just never change a winning team?

thanks
philip
Pots are resistors with variable resistance. Basically, they always control something else. Volume knobs etc. are pots, so it's pretty obvious most guitars have 'em.
I think you mean caps? Capacitors are the things that allow you to roll off certain frequencies according to the value installed. The tone pot controls the amount of 'exposition' of the signal to the cap.
So if you think your guitars tone pot isn't doing what you want (like, it changes treble and mids), you can swap it for a cap that only alters the higher frequencies, leaving the middle intact. For example.
kittenface wrote:ps - LOVE the frog!
You should try kissing it, maybe Cinderella pops up xD.
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Post by kittenface » Sun Aug 16, 2009 2:21 pm

zing!
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Re: mega nooby question: whats the deal with pots?

Post by philhed » Sun Aug 16, 2009 4:35 pm

kittenface wrote:ps - LOVE the frog!
You should try kissing it, maybe Cinderella pops up xD.[/quote]

i´m pretty sure she would :shock:

thank you very much.....that was very helpfull!

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Post by timme_v » Mon Aug 17, 2009 1:26 am

I changed the pots in my 72 deluxe tele to 500k. I'm getting so much hum/buzz.. Taking it to a guitar tech to see if I screwed up.

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Post by Borderline Productions » Mon Aug 17, 2009 3:12 am

The difference in tone between a guitar with good pots and one with so-so pots is very noticeable.

RSGuitarworks has some excellent kits for upgrading. They can make a huge difference in your tone. You will especially notice how turning the knobs makes a huge difference in the sound.
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Post by philhed » Mon Aug 17, 2009 10:48 am

Borderline Productions wrote:The difference in tone between a guitar with good pots and one with so-so pots is very noticeable.
and how do i know whether my pots are good or not?

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Post by PopnFresh » Mon Aug 17, 2009 11:37 am

philhed wrote:
Borderline Productions wrote:The difference in tone between a guitar with good pots and one with so-so pots is very noticeable.
and how do i know whether my pots are good or not?
How much do they cost is the basic figure, but it is a bit more complicated.
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Post by kittenface » Mon Aug 17, 2009 11:53 am

this is very crazy

if you like the sound of your guitar, leave it alone and go play
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Post by nguideau » Mon Aug 17, 2009 1:11 pm

kittenface wrote:this is very crazy

if you like the sound of your guitar, leave it alone and go play
Yes... to his last question in the original post, if it's a "winning team" there's no good reason to mess with it.
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Post by Drdos » Mon Aug 17, 2009 9:13 pm

PopnFresh wrote:
philhed wrote:
Borderline Productions wrote:The difference in tone between a guitar with good pots and one with so-so pots is very noticeable.
and how do i know whether my pots are good or not?
How much do they cost is the basic figure, but it is a bit more complicated.
hehehe Not always a good gauge to go by. Hence why Gibson/Fender make money off expensive gits with sh!te parts! The only way to really know your stuff is good is BYO.. :D
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Post by tony_clifton » Mon Aug 17, 2009 9:53 pm

Drdos wrote:
PopnFresh wrote:
philhed wrote: and how do i know whether my pots are good or not?
How much do they cost is the basic figure, but it is a bit more complicated.
hehehe Not always a good gauge to go by. Hence why Gibson/Fender make money off expensive gits with sh!te parts! The only way to really know your stuff is good is BYO.. :D
You know, in 1987 a major American airline company saved 40.000$ by putting one olive less in the meals for second class.

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