500k vs 250k pots in a Strat?

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500k vs 250k pots in a Strat?

Postby 2Plus2isChicken » Sun Aug 26, 2018 9:01 pm

I'm having new pickups put in my old Strat. I decided I wanted it to look more Strat-like so I'm having some DiMarzio single coils put in (Injector in the bridge, Area 67s in the middle/neck).

What is the difference between 250k pots and 500k ones? I'm not sure which to go with. The Injector is a hot single coil, and I chose it because I like to play heavier stuff but also want to get decent Stratty single coil tones as well. The Area 67s are supposedly more classic 60s-sounding pickups. Can someone maybe suggest what to do on the Volume and Tone controls here?
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Re: 500k vs 250k pots in a Strat?

Postby amon » Sun Aug 26, 2018 10:27 pm

The 500k will sound a little brighter than the 250k. It's not a massive difference, but some players claim it is. DiMarzio's website says the models you're installing were designed to work with the 250k value, so it's probably best to start there.

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Re: 500k vs 250k pots in a Strat?

Postby 2Plus2isChicken » Mon Aug 27, 2018 10:56 am

Thanks. I checked on audio taper vs. linear taper pots and ended up going with 250k audio taper CTS ones. I assume those are similar to what's used in a standard Strat.
Guitars:
2x Carvin Bolt
DC145
AE185
Ibanez RG1570 and Mikro
2x Fender MIM Strat
Ovation Celebrity
PRS SE Custom 24

Amps:
V3M
Legacy 3
VT16
Quilter 101 Mini Head
Peavey JSX Head
Fender Super Champ XD
Carvin Vintage 1 x 12 cab
Carvin Legacy II 2 x 12 cab


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