Expensive pots sound the same as cheap pots as long as they're the correct value (measured value, not the stated value). And changing brands of pots does NOTHING as long as they measure the same.[/COLOR]
I'm not sure if you are talking about tone or volumn pots here, but I also get better balance using 300k bridge and 500k neck tone RS audio taper pots. I can still get enough high end from my bridge pup. I also use a RS 280k volumn Super Pot.
What works for me certainly doesn't work for everyone I know, but I have tried every conceivable combination and this is the tone I like most.
I think what he was asking is if it's cool to mix the vol & tone for one pickup. Is this correct? if that's what he was asking, I would say no too. And probably what his tech meant. But I believe it's OK to do this: 300k (vol/tone)for your bridge pup and 500k (vol/tone) for your neck pup.
I don't find capacitors make a darn bit of difference. Others will tell you differently. We tried doing comparisons with alligator clips.....ceramics, ODs, Hovlands, Mallorys, etc. Could hear no change in tone. In fact I thikn the stock ceramics are just fine. Some of the best sounding LPs in history were bone stock LPs, with linear volume pots and ceramic canps. The tone of the guitar comes first....pickups are important to. Guitar wood, acoustic, etc come first.
Why linear though I wonder. Whenever I have linear pots they seem to respond slowly to volume roll off. I tend to keep the values all the same in my LPs/SGs but I usually install audio tapers for the bridge pickup - 300Ks. Lately I have been keeping the ceramic disk caps in because I hear no difference.
I'm going to give my personal experience with this and explain why that's not going to work for me...snip
Leave those 500s in and change the cap value, if you think it's too bright.
http://www.mylespaul.com/forums/tonefreaks/76345-de-bunking-myths-about-capacitors.htmlI'm not familiar with the other thread. Are they changing the type of cap, or the value of the cap? The value will always make an audible difference, even with the pot opened all the way. That value sets the frequency point of the low pass filter.
Hey, if you dig your tone, that's cool. I'm simply suggesting that being able to control the amount of distortion you have is a really wonderful thing that you might want to try, if you haven't already.
As I see it (primarily for the bridge, 90% of people playing LPs use only bridge pickup anyway, right?) :
using 300k for volume pot with PAF type (e.g. 7-10k) pickup is muddying
using 500k for volume pot with high gain (e.g. >14k) pickup is piercing
So, my guess is that Gibson used/uses 300k pots for Gibson USA guitars since they have some non-PAF/high gain pickups, and used 500k in 50s/60s and in Custom/Historic production since there are only PAF type pickups.
Yeah I use 300k for any humbuckers no matter what the output. I like the more modern smooth attack for the modern stuff I do which isn't even necessarily high gain. 500k volumes start to approach the sound of the attack of single coils to me which I can't stand... in a Gibson I mean... that's what Fenders are forI have 300k volume pots and a Duncan JB, which is over 14k, I think. Sounds great to me. But, then again I play high-gain stuff like prog rock and metal, not blues...
Yeah I use 300k for any humbuckers no matter what the output. I like the more modern smooth attack for the modern stuff I do which isn't even necessarily high gain. 500k volumes start to approach the sound of the attack of single coils to me which I can't stand... in a Gibson I mean... that's what Fenders are for
Personally, if I think it's too bright, I'd rather change the capacitor to a value that gives me the sound I want, and have a pot that tapers properly. In fact, if you're making a traditional passive LPF circuit, you use the shunt capacitor's value to determine your shelf point.
If you've never owned a vintage Gibson, and you're not familiar with being able to change the amount of distortion you have by a slight volume reduction on your axe, do yourself a favor. At 300k, you don't have anywhere near the tonal control that a 500k pot does. Leave those 500s in and change the cap value, if you think it's too bright.