Gibson Branded Pots Suck (A Rant)

Discussion in 'Gibson Les Pauls' started by Malchik, Sep 11, 2017.

  1. The Ballzz

    The Ballzz Senior Member

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    Thanks Dave! Sorry for bein' a pain.
    Gene
     
  2. LtDave32

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    A pain? in the Ballzz? :laugh2:

    Hey, if it's the first post the OP was complaining about, there's a thumbnail pic that I can see of a tone circuit. Can anyone see that thumbnail? That might be the problem.

    When you drag a pic from the desktop to a post, you get a choice of having it a thumbnail or full size.

    Or maybe the process just didn't take right. In any case, I recommend posting it again for clarity.
     
  3. mfoster

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    I'm at a loss here also.
    I'm surprised that a Custom would come with quick-connect pups. But, I guess I'm wrong. I would think that a 7700 guitar would be hand wired. My Trad is....

    Maybe I can't see that well......
     
  4. Kris Ford

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    I think because it's a modern Custom, not a RI of an older one.
     
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  5. madmusicltd

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    My brand new 16 Traditional had a scratchy tone pot right out of the box as soon as I plugged it in, and the tolerances of the spline for the knob caused every top hat I put on it to crack, everything else was perfect, so i just replaced it... Seems in this day, all parts of that nature are made in Asian countries and quality is a hit or miss, also seems like most things you buy today made in China are disposable. Then again I did pay a lot for a brand new guitar, but liked it too much to send back over a $10 pot....
     
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  6. moreles

    moreles Senior Member

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    Does anyone have actual information about Gibson's pot supplier? Lots of speculation here. All the Gibson pots I've encountered have appeared to be CTS, but I haven't bought anything new in a while. BTW, CTS doesn't get any prizes from me for quality, taper, or mechanical feel. They're usually acceptable but hardly worth writing home about. It appears that manufacturers treat pots as a very ordinary, cheap component, and the "best" are really just "not junk." Apparently, the market will not support a true, purpose-constructed guitar pot that won't cave in, has readily-solderable casing (or even just a freaking loop on the case), etc., and which has truly smooth rotation with at least reasonable life expectancy. Buying a $5K guitar and getting standard pots is sort of ridiculous.
     
  7. madmusicltd

    madmusicltd Senior Member

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    I really like pots PRS uses, not sure if they are CTS, but they are worth it!
     
  8. 73Fender

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    FWIW in all my years of playing guitar the only pot that has just died on me was a Gibson (SG Classic tone pot).
     
  9. rallygsc

    rallygsc Senior Member

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    Hello Everyone: Gibson has been cutting corners more and more in the last 20 years, everything to save a buck, but still charge big $$$.
    I noticed recently they started using Korean pickups on their low end guitars, you can tell by the brass bottoms with no logo and such.
    a lot of people rewire the guitars with CTS or Bourns pots, and dump the pc boards.
     
  10. rallygsc

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    yep they are CTS in the USA models, Alpha in the imports
     
  11. Leña_Costoso

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    I'll just use my board mounted ones until something Fs up, then rewire the whole mess.
     
  12. 73Fender

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    And speaking of pots, has anyone determined why Gibson uses 300ks with humbuckers?
     
  13. Kris Ford

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    No..the switch was made mid '73..for reasons unknown.
     
  14. EndGame00

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    The Tributes have 500k pots.. not sure about the Studios or Jr's
     
  15. EndGame00

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    They made some
    They made some questionable decisions along the way....

    Like most of their guitars have quick connect PU's but only offered less options with the pickup line, or at least sell the quick connect kits...

    Another reason I'm ripping out the PCB board...
     
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    I can't believe how CLEAN the cavity looks !!! mine came from the factory looking like a bomb had exploded in it, works though LOL
     
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  17. Jimmy Forest

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    M'y 2007 les paul custom came with 250k pots... I replaced them with 500k CTS and it really opened the tone. Strangely enough my 2009 sg 61 reissue came with great pots, still good after 8 years of intense playing, they are stamped gibson. But the sg is an historic collection, maybe the difference lays there
     
  18. gball

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    Best pots I have ever used are the Gibson Historics

    http://store.gibson.com/historic-potentiometer/

    I've put these in several guitars now and nothing I have had over the years has been better. They price is predictably silly but they do work great. No idea who the supplier is.
     
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  20. fleahead

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    I wonder why Henry hasn't come out with a Les Paul in argoyle?
     

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