June 25th, 2012, 06:17 PM
JBE recommends 250's for all their pup's. I'm just wondering if anyone's had experience with HB TT's. If I go with 500's, will it be too bright in single coil sound mode? (They're replacing the WRHBs in a MIM thinline '72 RI).
June 26th, 2012, 08:57 AM
The general rule of thumb has usually been that 250K are for single coil pu's and 500K are used for Humbuckers. Its not to say this is a hard and fast rule. I would experiment with both and see what suits your taste and style of music best. Swapping out pots is an easy mod.
June 26th, 2012, 11:48 AM
I'm no stranger to a soldering iron. Swapping the pots is a little more of a pain because it's a thinline (no separate pickguard and control cover) and I was planning to use push/pulls to switch the coil taps. I'm leaning towards starting w/250's and listening to the full HB sound. Then. I'm more concerned about the HB sound. If 500's make the tapped sound too bright, I can always roll off the highs.
June 26th, 2012, 10:26 PM
Joe Barden recommends 250 K pots for those pickups because 500K pots make them sound shrill and overly bright. This is not a "single coil" pickup when it's in the "singlecoil sounding" mode, it's a Barden S-Deluxe, and it's not a "regular" type humbucker when it's in the "humbucker sounding" mode.
By all means if you want to try 500K pots, go ahead, but I'd very strongly recommend trying the 250K pots JB recommends first. I've got these pickups in several guitars and no one would consider them dark.
June 27th, 2012, 07:52 AM
Thanks, Wayne. It seems like that's the best starting point. I suppose I should try both and record the results. (It may be a couple of weeks, since i0I haven't found a pickguard for the project yet.) Having been away from playing for a while, I'm just re-discovering the joys of modifying teles.