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Volume issue

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by djevans, Jan 21, 2013.

  1. djevans

    djevans Tele-Meister

    120
    Dec 13, 2012
    NC
    Why does my volume only work at about 8 and above. Anything below that is off?
    :?:
     
  2. djevans

    djevans Tele-Meister

    120
    Dec 13, 2012
    NC
    sorry - meant to include this too

    i just put this together and I have other issues too, see 4-way switch problems, but the volume is one of them.
     

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  3. PineBomb

    PineBomb Tele-Holic

    828
    Mar 4, 2010
    NY, NY
    Sounds normal to me. Teles usually come stock with audio pots, which have a logarithmic taper to them. Are you new to Teles, because other guitars like Gibsons might have linear pots where the change is more discernable throughout the entire sweep of the volume knob.
     
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  5. djevans

    djevans Tele-Meister

    120
    Dec 13, 2012
    NC
    Totally new to teles - How'd you know.:D
    Have two hollow bodies (Gretsch and Casino) and some acoustics.
    Bought a pawn shop tele and have had nothing but fun tearing it apart and putting in new pots, pups, nut, bridge mods, paint, nitro, neck bolts, etc.
    Would have been lost except for this forum. I can't tell you how much fun I've had though!!! It has been awesome. I can't wait to finish this one because I've already started another in my mind...
     
  6. telex76

    telex76 Doctor of Teleocity

    Age:
    65
    Jun 24, 2006
    Fort Worth,Tx.
    Thats not normal to any of my Teles.
    You either got a bad pot to start with, or you got it too hot while wiring it up.
     
  7. The String King

    The String King Tele-Afflicted

    Mar 6, 2006
    England.
    What pots are in it out of interest? Brand and value.
     
  8. djevans

    djevans Tele-Meister

    120
    Dec 13, 2012
    NC
    From GFS website:
    Full Sized 500K Audio Pot Alpha - about $3 each. (should I have purchased something different?)

    This is how I wired them - I think this is called Fez-Parka/50s mod


    I also have been reading about linear pots - They have a slower taper, maybe this is what I need. What do you think?

    Also Just an FYI - I have worked out the other schematic wiring issues with my 4-way switch.:)
     

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  9. Wrong-Note Rod

    Wrong-Note Rod Friend of Leo's

    Mar 4, 2009
    atlanta
    bad pot.

    or as stated above, got burnt during wiring.
     
  10. djevans

    djevans Tele-Meister

    120
    Dec 13, 2012
    NC
    What should i expect from a good pot - vol all the way up and down the taper?

    Also, if I'm gong to be changing pots can anyone tell me if these two schematics are electrically identical or if different how they will change the sound.
     

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  11. Wrong-Note Rod

    Wrong-Note Rod Friend of Leo's

    Mar 4, 2009
    atlanta
    yup, pretty much, an even decrease-increase of volume all the way up or down
     
  12. djevans

    djevans Tele-Meister

    120
    Dec 13, 2012
    NC
    Yeah - mine def does not do that.
     
  13. djevans

    djevans Tele-Meister

    120
    Dec 13, 2012
    NC
    Any recs on what pots (brand) to buy?
     
  14. waparker4

    waparker4 Doctor of Teleocity

    Nov 9, 2011
    Philadelphia, PA
    I have alpha 250k pots from gfs and they are fine.
     
  15. aikiguy

    aikiguy Tele-Meister

    371
    Nov 2, 2010
    Alameda California
    You might have better luck

    You might have better luck with a 250K pot when using single coil pickups. If you are using humbuckers a 500K pot is generally better for them.

    It sounds like you might also have a bad pot. Does it suddenly go dead?

    What were you trying to achieve with the 500k pots?

    Guy
    :)
     
  16. djevans

    djevans Tele-Meister

    120
    Dec 13, 2012
    NC
    I was trying to maintain the clear top end - no mud - I figured I could always turn the tone down if it was too ice-pick-like....:rolleyes:
     
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