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    I did a quick search here to see if there was a thread on it but didn't find one.... didn't want to start another thread. But anyway, I'm about to replace the pot on my Wolf, what would you recommend. I hear a lot about 500k... I just play the things, I don't know the difference between pots... I guess I'm guitarded
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    500k is the pot ed uses. It gives the best tonal spectrum and gives a true gradual volume swell. It is not just a volume on and off switch like cheaper pots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Webbed1 View Post
    I did a quick search here to see if there was a thread on it but didn't find one.... didn't want to start another thread. But anyway, I'm about to replace the pot on my Wolf, what would you recommend. I hear a lot about 500k... I just play the things, I don't know the difference between pots... I guess I'm guitarded
    Which pot are you replacing? vol or tone, or in Ed's case, tone or tone LOL.

    I'm no expert, but if it's volume just stick with 500k, can't say I've heard of a 250k pot on a humbuck, mainly singles. That said, a lot of pots don't always match the 500 value and some can fall short but it is possible to it test with a meter. Switchcraft are a popular pot that most manufacturers use.

    The important thing to remember when buying a pot is... if it's for volume, get a log taper, not linear taper, linear is for tone as I found out to my own costs after fitting it, linear seem to roll of way too quick.

    Just my opinion, some people may see different?

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    It's for the volume pot.... the "tone" has dust on it. Now, the "tone" pot on my Music Man is a different story
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    I'd use a 500k.

    Interesting fact though ...
    I've had a few Charvel Art Series guitars sent to me for service and noticed that they all had 250k volume pots matched with their stock humbuckers.
    A 250k pot matched with a humbucker is suppose to cut some of the highs and make it sound "warm", but it sounded pretty "muddy" to me, and I believe that's one of the complaints I've heard from Art Series owners as well.

    So if you own an Art Series guitar and think it sounds "muddy" ... change the pot to a 500k and see if that works.
    It's worth checking out and may save you from buying a new pickup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dino5150 View Post
    I'd use a 500k.

    Interesting fact though ...
    I've had a few Charvel Art Series guitars sent to me for service and noticed that they all had 250k volume pots matched with their stock humbuckers.
    A 250k pot matched with a humbucker is suppose to cut some of the highs and make it sound "warm", but it sounded pretty "muddy" to me, and I believe that's one of the complaints I've heard from Art Series owners as well.

    So if you own an Art Series guitar and think it sounds "muddy" ... change the pot to a 500k and see if that works.
    It's worth checking out and may save you from buying a new pickup.
    Dino, that's good advice for art-series owners, change your pot!, a 250 will give a dark sound, takes a lot of presence away AND volume. I've always thought that range was a bit quickly put together for the price

    Oh, scrub my recommend of switchcraft for pots, they do everything but pot, something I was probably smoking when they came to mind

 

 

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