Bourns no load pot

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  1. casey2910

    casey2910 Tele-Meister

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    First time using bourns pots. The no load tone pot is very disappointing compared to the cts fender one. No load position is undetectable and the variance of tone is done in the bottom 20% of the sweep. The push pull volume pot is fine. So, 50/50 on my first time with these. Will be sticking with cts in the future though.
     
  2. bumnote

    bumnote Tele-Holic Ad Free Member

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    I stick with the Fender branded ones.
    I have another make in one guitar, can't remember make, it works just as well...but doesn't have that notch.
     
  3. kbold

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    Sounds like you have the wrong taper ..... sounds like you have a linear instead of audio taper pot.
     
  4. casey2910

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    I ordered an audio taper solid shaft no load. What I was sent was a split shaft pot. I'm not familiar enough with bourns, but it doesn't have the detent, like a cts no load pot.
     
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    Boreas Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    Yeah - I found out the detent issue as well. Not a big fan of no-loads to begin with, but if I were, they would all be CTS.
     
  6. kbold

    kbold Friend of Leo's

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    If it were I ... I would be using the trusty multimeter to measure ohms at 100% and 50% travel. (Or conversely, see where it dials at half the ohms.)
    This will tell whether it's linear or audio.
    They may have sent you the wrong pot. (I mean, they got the shaft wrong, so .....)
     
  7. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    I have a Bournes no load in a guitar.
    I've grown to like the low friction (though it felt like it was broken at first), and have never had a pot with a detent, so I don't miss it.
    It's got a good beat you can dance to...I give it a 10.
     
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    old wrench Friend of Leo's

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    CTS are good and reliable :)

    I'm pretty sure that the Fender no-load pots are made by CTS too, at least the one I recently bought sure looks like CTS.


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    Well, of course it will be infinite ohms at 100%
     
  10. kbold

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    I did mean 100% of the pot resistance value, which would be around 95% of the movement travel on a no load pot :) obviously.
     
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    Rob@Cavalier made me a nice no load Bourns P/P. It works just fine.

    I like how smooth and positive the Bourns feels.

    To each his own.
     
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