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FDP Forum / Guitar Mods, Repairs, and Projects / High end pots and cpacitor for a Strat

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RonHalen Jokingly He Says
Mar 4th, 2012 03:25 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

How many of you have used Alessandro pots when putting together your home builds? I guess it would cot quite a bit to go this route. I have standard Strat CTS pots in all mine. I usually buy a harness off ebay. I find I can't buy the parts for what I can get the hole thing for. Lazy me!

SES Alessandro pots

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Mar 4th, 2012 03:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I don't think you will find many that use them. I would be surprised if any at all. That is way way overkill and just crazy. You will not find the level of difference to even come close to the cost in my opinion. Just more snake oil for those with more money than brains.
The only CTS I do not like are the ones with plastic shafts as the shaft tends to bend slightly as you turn it.

I prefer Fender or CTS with metal shafts.

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That chicken

is WRONG, baby.
Mar 4th, 2012 04:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

All the electronic "mumbo jumbo" does precisely what the seller intends: coax the uneducated guitarist into buying it. At the low voltages in guitar circuits, typical Alpha, CTS, or other quality pot, cap, wire, etc., work just as well as one that costs several times more.

Buddy Holly didn't need a $30 pots in his Strat to make killer music.

In electronic test equipment (what these types of pots are actually designed for), it does matter.

But in a guitar, it's overkill.

However: confidence in your gear is as important as your skill as a player. So if you need this sort of stuff to keep you in your comfort zone--go for it.

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Mar 4th, 2012 05:02 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Those are made in Canada. Some people find that appealing.

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Mar 4th, 2012 08:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Besides durability, value tolerance, taper, and the feel as you roll the pot, I am yet to find a difference in performance between different pots. Some people with good ears that I trust say they can hear a difference in the resistor type, but I can't verify this. I really doubt it is on a high order of things.

I had a long string of customers who were getting rather specific about what they wanted for doing volume swells and I was going to look into this, but I never got around to it. For a lot of people, just having the different feel would justify it enough.

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SW Burbs of Chitown

ILL, where our Gov's make our plates
Mar 4th, 2012 09:55 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

1 and 2 watt rating is overkill for a guitar. More for a amp.

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The otters threw me out
Mar 5th, 2012 06:22 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a client who as me install these. The taper is clearly better suited for control during a live performance but I still think they are overkill. Allparts has recently added a number of pots to their catalog made by Borne. The sealed ones are slightly more expensive but not in the stratosphere like Alessandro. I picked some up for my inventory but I haven't used them yet.

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New England

Mar 5th, 2012 08:48 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks wrnch, that's the first time I've heard a trusted source weigh in on these.

Also, if you're looking for nice pots, Stew Mac has some CTS pots that look nice.

CTS trivia: they don't make standard 250k and 500k guitar pots. If someone wishes to use/sell their products, they work together to make a design. So, AllParts CTS and Fender CTS pots are different. They'll use different cases, different shafts, different elements, etc. all chosen for how that vendor wishes to do it. So, Stew Mac did their own version, and they seem decent. I haven't tried them yet, but reading between the lines I think I know what they did and it seems pretty good.

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RonHalen Jokingly He Says
Mar 5th, 2012 02:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks guys. What started this was a call to the guy that traded me his new MB LSS for my old Fender Vibro-King. I found out he was a kindred spirit like me in backyard guitar building. So I thought I would ask. But a $35 cap. Whoa! I might look to ordering some Allparts pots and put together a ickguard with those. These might make a diff on a Cry Baby tho and keeping dust out of those pots, but the Clristat pots in them are sealed, so I guess I can chock up early failure to stomping.

Thanks. Not knocking AES. I think they are a one stop shop for many parts.

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