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Ever try Bourns potentiometers?

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by TheGoodTexan, Feb 9, 2013.

  1. TheGoodTexan

    TheGoodTexan Doctor of Teleocity

    Apr 28, 2003
    Nashville, TN
    I've have four new Bourns Model 95 Premium pots in my parts drawer for a couple of years. I actually sent an email to the company once, and they sent me some free samples.

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    I never had a need to use them. Until today.

    The volume pot in one of my Strats has been getting noisier and noisier over the past few months, and cleaning it did no good. So I replaced the volume and the tone pot today (master vol / master tone) with the Bourns 95.

    I expected to not like them. Not sure why. I thought maybe the feel would be off somehow, or the taper would be horrible.

    I've experienced the exact opposite.

    Folks, I'm not a snake oil guy. I use whatever wire I have around. I use whatever cable I have laying around. I'm not picky about much at all. But I gotta tell you - I heard an immediately difference in the way that guitar sounds - much, much clearer. More snap and pop. And this is a guitar that I've been playing since 1995, and had the same pickups in it since 1999.

    The taper is really nice and gradual.

    And the feel is smooth - almost like its turning on sealed bearings or something.

    I would never claim to be able to hear the difference between various pots of the same value. The only reason I would ever buy something more expensive would be because the turn felt better, or because it had a reputation for durability. But these particular Bourns pots made this particular guitar sound better.

    I have no idea what they cost. Maybe worth a try if you're inclined. Just thought I'd pass it along.
     
  2. sonofthesouth

    sonofthesouth TDPRI Member

    22
    Dec 30, 2012
    florida
    Im gona replace some tele pots and ill keep this in mind.

    Love the pic of your dog.
     
  3. Brian J.

    Brian J. Tele-Holic

    581
    Nov 12, 2012
    pennsylvania
    i have used them they work great, quality parts, just as good as cts.
     
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  5. csadams5

    csadams5 Tele-Holic

    610
    Dec 19, 2011
    DFW, TX
    I think the EVH Wolfgang uses these pots.

    Sent from my Galaxy 500 using TDPRI
     
  6. donh

    donh Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 25, 2010
    Oh Aich Ten
    Lovely pots, but a bit of a bear to get solder to stick on their backplate.

    I like them a lot.
     
  7. GCKelloch

    GCKelloch Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 10, 2011
    MA USA
    It can't really make any difference in tone. Resistance is just resistance. Perhaps you had some shielding or contact issues you cleared up when installing them?

    I could see maybe using sealed bearing pots for tone controls. It depends how fast you generally sweep the knobs. Might be better to have a little resistance for fine tuning, so you don't accidentally change the settings when you touch them.
     
  8. surfoverb

    surfoverb Doctor of Teleocity

    Jul 17, 2007
    Virginia
    ive got a pair of the Bourns EVH Low Friction pots and I like them a lot. They are pretty much the same as CTS but they turn really easily.

    is this the basset hound forum?

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  9. PhatBoy

    PhatBoy Tele-Afflicted

    Mar 17, 2003
    OKC, OK
    So, where do you get/order them?
     
  10. TheGoodTexan

    TheGoodTexan Doctor of Teleocity

    Apr 28, 2003
    Nashville, TN
    That's Roscoe in my pic. RIP 2008
     
  11. JKjr

    JKjr Tele-Holic

    766
    Aug 24, 2007
    raleigh nc
    I had completely forgotten this, but as a youngster in the 70's I had a strat rewired and the guy used Bournes pots. They were much more clear and crisp sounding. Being a teenager I hated them, but life wasn't so bad once you hit the LPB-1. I bet I'd appreciate them now. Maybe some 500k's would help with humbuckers?
     
  12. surfoverb

    surfoverb Doctor of Teleocity

    Jul 17, 2007
    Virginia
    Mouser has the ones in the OP. mine I got from Angelas.
     
  13. Big John Studd

    Big John Studd Friend of Leo's

    Sep 18, 2010
    DC
    I've used their through-hole parts before. Never had a problem with them.
     
  14. Tele-phone man

    Tele-phone man Tele-Afflicted

    Sep 11, 2006
    Asheville, NC
    So, these are 250kA pots just like your stock ones?
     
  15. TheGoodTexan

    TheGoodTexan Doctor of Teleocity

    Apr 28, 2003
    Nashville, TN
    Yes, they are 250k - but I did not replace stock pots. They were CTS pots that I installed in this particular Strat, when I put the Duncan Antiquities in, circa 1999.
     
  16. originalritz

    originalritz Tele-Meister

    144
    Sep 1, 2004
    Toronto, Canada
    I recently wired up a Bourns mini pot as a new tone pot when I changed pups (the existing one had solder all over it and I couldn't be bothered wicking it all off of there).
    Not sure sound-wise, yet, as it is a tone pot, after all, but since I ordered mini pots I expected the trade-off would be space savings but a cheaper feeling pot. The opposite is true. They have a much smoother action and the taper is really good compared to the CTS pot that used to be there.
    Also RE: sticking solder to it, I didn't use an abrasive on it, I just used the B in the middle of the back of the pot, and the stuff stuck to that sucker no problem :D:D

    edit: by B on the back of the pot I mean the engraved B logo dealie. Not sure if that was clear ;)
     
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