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FDP Forum / The 'Pup' Tent / pot for hotrails

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stigg "Geezer, and still lov'in it"!
Nov 17th, 2015 10:40 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have installed a H.R. in the neck position on a strat clone.(this pup I've had for a long time and I can't afford a cool rails) The current pots are I believe 250k.
I want the pup to be darker , not muddy, but darker, would a 125k give me that?

Would a 500k give a broader tone or just brighter?


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Stale bread and flea circuses
Nov 18th, 2015 07:40 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

This sounds contrary to what most people ask after installing hotrails. Usually "too dark" is the complaint and 500k pots are the general answer. I find it doubtful that a 125K pot (do they even exist?) would offer you a solution anymore than just turning down the tone pot. Have you tried raising the pickups really close to the strings?

(This message was last edited by littleuch at 09:41 AM, Nov 18th, 2015)

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Nov 18th, 2015 03:02 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I would drop the pickup down (into the rout) to reduce the spiky response.

A cool trick you can do is to install a small tone control (pot and cap) inside the control cavity. You would try different settings on the pot until you arrive at the tone you like. Leave it at that setting and button up the guitar.

Alternatively, you can start with a little pot and cap, and adjust it until you achieve the tone you like. Next, desolder the connections on the pot, measure resistance across the pot with your DMM and note the resistance. Remove the pot and replace it with a resistor of the measured value. Easy peasy!

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stigg "Geezer, and still lov'in it"!
Nov 28th, 2015 09:55 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks e'budy. I installed the pup with the stock pot and lowered it a lot. I'm happy with the results. Good no bite tone on each string and pretty good HB fatness. Night and day compared to what it was:0)

Steve Dallman
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Age is just a number...mine is big
Dec 1st, 2015 01:09 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Buy a 500k push pull pot and wire the switch for series/parallel. In series best with distortion, be it pedal or amp. In parallel, still humbucking but bright and back into Fender territory.

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