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Pots used in Kiesel Guitars

Posted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:37 am
by Big O
I am contemplating a change to the wiring in a CS6 to a Jimmy Page wiring circuit. Does anyone know what kind of pots are used on the CS6 model? Are they long shaft pots? Do they require a 3/8"" hole in the top of the guitar? An available pre-wired conversion kit to accomplish this has LONG shaft pots and require a 3/8"" hole in the top of the guitar, so that is whay I am inquiring.

Re: Pots used in Kiesel Guitars

Posted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:52 pm
by /Y\
When I changed the pots in my Vader, it did not require long shaft. The typical shaft is right about 0.7" (threads + shaft), which should fit most guitars. I suppose you could measure the hole depth, and if it's ~3/8" or less, stnd pots should be fine. Kiesel uses the cheaper style pots that have a threaded dia around 0.305", likely intended for an 8mm hole. So you'll have to open the hole by another 0.075 to 0.08". Rather than use a drill and potentially chip the edge, I just wrapped sand paper around a dowel and sanded the holes bigger.

Re: Pots used in Kiesel Guitars

Posted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:22 pm
by colossal
I enlarge my pot holes to 0.375" standard bushing. I place painter's tap on both sides of the hole and then use a stepped bit. It is very quick to do.

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Re: Pots used in Kiesel Guitars

Posted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:40 am
by UnexplodedCow
I use a T handle reamer to enlarge holes. No chipping or finish issues. Just wrap some tape around the correct depth, and don't press much while turning. It takes a little longer, but the end result is smooth, and I never had a complaint from anyone about it.

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