83 Custom Volume Pot - Linear or Audio?

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  1. Burny FLG

    Burny FLG Member

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    Hi all, new (to me) guitar and need to buy a volume pot. Want to replace with the same or similar, so what did it come with? I'm guessing long shaft and 500k but did it come with audio or linear as standard?
    Pics from listings below - CTS & 'Gibson" pots.
    Gibson has a lip washer at the top of the shaft (arrow) which is absent (arrow) on the CTS.
    Mine has the washer.
    Also Gibson has some tabs which I think are to hook onto the pot assembly base plate.
    Other pics of pot mentioned (arrow) and knob.
    Any advice or experience welcomed Thanks.
    CTS Audio 500k Long.jpg CTS Audio 500k Long.jpg
    Gibson Audio 500k Long.jpg Knob 2.JPG 4 Pots II.jpg Knob 1.JPG 4 Pots.jpg
     
  2. Al Walker

    Al Walker Senior Member

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    Those differences don't matter. Don't know the taper in a custom, but, someone here does.
     
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    DarrellV Almost 1 Year old this month! Premium Member

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    Better not guess, IMHO.

    Norlin era guitars are really special and my favs are from the 80's and 90's! :thumb:

    But Norlin era guitars are also known as some of the quirkiest nonsensical guitars Gibson ever put out. There is no rhyme or reason behind some of them either!

    I have an 82 Standard with 300K pots. Don't assume 500 unless yours is already too dark and you want to brighten it up a bit.

    Hang in there and I'm sure one of our experts can tell you what it is by the numbers on the back of the pot....

    Also, don't get to hung up on getting a Gibson brand pot. There is a topic in here ranting about what crap they are!
     
  4. Kris Ford

    Kris Ford Senior Member

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    What you have there is 100K Special Audio Taper Tones (by the 71 079 code) and 500K Audio Taper Volumes (by the 71 137 code)
     
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    Hey Kris thanks for responding. What is a 100K Special pot? Is it a standard 100k or?
    At this point because I have to remove all the pots to replace one (all attached to a backing plate) and I'm getting into customising here but would replacing the 100k tone pots with 300 or 500k get rid of some muddiness when the controls are on 1 - 6? Cheers!
     
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    Thanks Al Walker and DarrellV too for your responses.
     
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    Kris Ford Senior Member

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    No prob!
    I wanna say special audio taper is linear..
    You can just replace one..but yes, you'll have more range with a higher K pot..300 can be honky (in a good way), 500K will have a fuller range.
    I like audio taper all around. 500K usually.
     
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    Thanks again Kris, think I'll get a 500k audio harness from toneman, can't wait!
     
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    DarrellV Almost 1 Year old this month! Premium Member

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    Let us know how you like it... I'm considering one for my '82 as well... I've been checking out Toneman's stuff recently.
     
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    No probs I've ordered the one with Russian caps. They take a couple of weeks to build and ship so will keep you posted.
     
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