jenkins wrote:hey waldo, what exactly is an ab modpot? WHat is the difference of this and a regular 500k pot?
Im "tigering" a les paul studio. well almost tigering it. Im adding super 2's, a UGB, an effects loop and an extra single coil in the middle. After reading a quote in the grateful dead gear book by Garcia where he said that usually is on the middle pickup, on single coil setting, I decided that adding the extra single coil is probably wrth it.
I plan on only having 1 tone pot for all 3 pickups. The only reason for this is because I like the convenience of this setup.
Does having an individual cap for each pickup really make a differenc in the tone? Right now my guitar has one cap that is being shared by the two pups. Is putting an individual .02 cap on each pup going to make the highs more defined than if there was only 1 cap?
Is going with only one tone pot going to limit my tonal options?
an ab modpot is an allen bradley modular potentiometer. it comes in a smaller package and is square. same shaft length and width as the type J/RV4 military spec'd pots jerry liked. and is made of the same material.
an individual cap will be just fine. jerry shared a tone cap and pot in rosebud and bolt for the bridge and neck pickup's. what i think you are missing is that he utilizes a dual ganged pot for two different pickups , a single coil-250k and a humbucker-500k thus needing individual caps.
the tone controls are low pass filters and cut the treble. in fact completely removing the pot and cap will make for a brighter, and slightly louder pickup, because of the load the potentiometer puts on it. so you will be just fine.
on your les paul do you plan on using any inbetween positions like a strats 2 and 4 on the 5 way? if so, what are you going to use for a switch? rotary? also if you go with a single coil in the middle position, the distance from the other pickups in position 2 and 4 will lower output. jerry used the north coil when in single coil and on tiger was out of phase in position 2 and 4. gary brawer flipped and rewired the middle humbucker on rosebud/bolt to keep those positions in phase.
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