Pots aka Potentiometers - A couple of interesting reads

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Pots aka Potentiometers - A couple of interesting reads

Post by guitar hiro » Fri Feb 14, 2020 8:25 am

I'm not up to speed on the whole volume pot/tone pot thing & was digging around; located a couple of interesting articles on pots.

Pots are something that I typically don't think about much but the recent installation of the Dry Zs in my Bacchus BLP-FM Relic got me more interested. The reason being that once the Dry Zs were installed the volume pots seem to operate differently in relation to the taper; can't explain why though.

So, here are the two articles; be sure to check out the Alpha, Bourns, and CTS links in the second link.

https://guitar.com/guides/essential-gui ... tiometers/

https://wgsusa.com/blog/choose-perfect- ... volume-pot
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Re: Pots aka Potentiometers - A couple of interesting reads

Post by mdvineng » Tue Feb 18, 2020 4:32 am

there never was anything magic about pots especially the common cry of I have fitted CTS pots and orange drop caps. A resistor is a resistor and only the taper is of any relevance and to some degree the ease of turning it. The colour of a cap is irrelevant, only the value and type matter.
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Re: Pots aka Potentiometers - A couple of interesting reads

Post by guitar hiro » Tue Feb 18, 2020 4:40 pm

Magic?
I agree there is nothing magical about pots but I did locate some interesting & quite useful info within the two linked articles, and I actually learned a few things. :)
Cap colors?
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Re: Pots aka Potentiometers - A couple of interesting reads

Post by mdvineng » Wed Feb 19, 2020 3:25 am

cap colours in regard to nearly every advert mentions Orange drops, as though it makes it special :lol:

this brief article from Seymour Duncan sums it up nicely https://www.seymourduncan.com/tonefiend ... your-caps/
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Re: Pots aka Potentiometers - A couple of interesting reads

Post by guitar hiro » Wed Feb 19, 2020 6:08 am

Sorry you didn't find the supplied links of interest, nor the info on pots of use.
I know I learned a few things from the two posted links, and I thought the info may be useful to others; possibly.
My interest within the context of the thread was specific to pots, and was never about caps, nor cap color.
You must be reading another thread.
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Re: Pots aka Potentiometers - A couple of interesting reads

Post by mdvineng » Wed Feb 19, 2020 7:45 am

guitar hiro wrote:
Wed Feb 19, 2020 6:08 am
Sorry you didn't find the supplied links of interest, nor the info on pots of use.
I know I learned a few things from the two posted links, and I thought the info may be useful to others; possibly.
My interest within the context of the thread was specific to pots, and was never about caps, nor cap color.
You must be reading another thread.
I read them with interest but I have read more articles with much greater depth before, I added the caps comment because the two are often used together, especially in adverts as in "it has CTS pots and Orange drop caps" often with claims of magical tone attributed to the pots and caps.
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