300k or 500k volume pots for 496R / 500T

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  1. C_Becker

    C_Becker Dat Gibson smell

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    I'm looking to swap out the EMGs in my Epiphone 58 Goth Explorer with a 496R/500T set.
    Figured Gibson has a reason to put those in all their Explorers, right ?
    I'm one of the few persons to like the 490R/498T set, but I need a little more oomph, and those seem the way to go.

    Anyway, all of my Les Pauls have linear 300k volume pots in them, and all of the are plenty bright for me. Especially the 498T in the Studio / Custom is cornering on harsh, but it sits in a mix quite well.

    But all the Explorers come with 500k pots, at least according to Gibsons website.

    So, the big question is, what volume pots do I use in the Explorer ? Keep in mind that it is a naturally dark guitar, which is the reason I'm changing out the EMG Hetfields that are in there now. I need something more bright and cutting.

    Thanks !
     
  2. Laro

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    I put a 50s wiring harness in my GO and the pots were well over 500k. I had also put paf type pickups in it that tend to be rather bright and no matter the adjustments the bridge seemed too bright. I put a 350k bridge volume pot and it works great. Still plenty bright but more controllable.
     
  3. Kris Ford

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    500K with a 500T was never over BRIGHT, just fuller range..if that makes any sense.

    I'd try 'em first!
     
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    Guitaraxe Senior Member

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    My 06' spec'd with 300K's vol / 500K tone. I went 500K across with an orange drop. Much better now.
     
  5. C_Becker

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    Pickups arrived today, I couldn't get 500k pots from my usual supplier so I went with 300k first.
    The guitar sounds nice, but still a bit darker than my Les Pauls, but then again thats probably the nature of an Explorer compared to a Les Paul ( and possibly the Epiphone vs Gibson thing).

    Anyway, I'll try to get some 500k pots and try those out as well.
     
  6. C_Becker

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    500k pots are on the way and should hopefully arrive tomorrow :D

    I was thinking, how would putting another 22nf cap affect things ?
    Or does going below 22nf not really have an effect ?
     
  7. Wizard of Ozz

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    500K. Much more articulate and more cut. Never a fan of 300K and hums... except in rare instances.
     
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    my 06 came w/ 300 + or - pots all around and 496/500, stock bridge volume pot shit the bed over time, way loose and scratchy, I switched to 500 pots all around, like said above just seems like more range all around
     
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    And replaced disk cap with an orange drop 22, but I should say that I cant say its better or worse w/ the 500k pots and orange drop cap, the thing was a beast with the stock Gibson pots and cap and is still with the 500k pots and orange drop cap
     
  10. Kris Ford

    Kris Ford Senior Member

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    That's not how it works..because you can use any value..they'll just roll off more or less treble to ground.
    Also, .022uf..it's microfarads..not nanofarads. ;)
     
  11. C_Becker

    C_Becker Dat Gibson smell

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    And 0.022µF converts to how many nanofarads ? ;)
    Putting another 22nF in series with the one that is already in ther would give me 11nF, but in the end I have decided to try out the 490R / 498T set and then see which one I like better in this guitar.
     
  12. C_Becker

    C_Becker Dat Gibson smell

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    So, while waiting for the 490r/498T to arrive I've decided to try out 500k pots (which didn't make a huge difference tbh) and an 11nF tone cap (which did make a huge difference).

    I'll have to experiment with tone caps further, now I'm questioning if I should even take the pickups out to try the other ones. What a rabbit hole have I gotten myself into ? :laugh2:
     
  13. Elmore

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    My advice is 500K audio taper pots all around and Jensen paper in oil caps.
     

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