Heresy to replace 1M pots on '69 Tele w/ 250K?

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  1. Vibrolux

    Vibrolux TDPRI Member

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    Is it heresy for me to replace the pots on my ’69 Tele with 250k models? With the stock 1M pots, the 6.0K bridge pickup is often too shrill for my taste. But when I turn the tone knob down to 250K resistance and clip a 270K resistor across the volume pot to mimic a 250K pot, I really like the sound of the guitar.

    The guitar is what I would call a "player's grade" instrument; it was refinished in clear lacquer at some point in the past, but the electronics are completely stock. Am I nuts?
     
  2. mellecaster

    mellecaster Former Member

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    I don't think yer Nuts !...I'd do it in a Minute !.......;)
     
  3. graphs

    graphs Tele-Afflicted

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    i didn't know any tele came with 1M pots.
     
  4. jhundt

    jhundt Doctor of Teleocity

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    do it, if it works for you.

    But - save the pot, put it safely away and label it so you remember what it is.

    I have a '68 Tele, over the years I replaced all the pots and the switch. I can't remember why I replaced them, or where they all ended up. But if I had kept them, I could reinstall them and have a 100% original guitar. And that's worth money if you ever want to sell.
     
  5. Stewart Ward

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    I have thjought a lot about this over the years and came to the conclusion which I have discussed in another thread. So may I direct you to that thread?

    http://www.tdpri.com/forum/just-pickups/98698-pot-value-vs-pickup-output.html#post1293921

    I hope you find it of 'value'? Lol

    Have fun!
     
  6. tweeddeluxe

    tweeddeluxe Tele-Afflicted

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    do it
     
  7. Vibrolux

    Vibrolux TDPRI Member

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    Thanks for the link Stew--that was an interesting read. And based on everyone's encouragement, I think I'll make the swap. After all, keeping my high frequency hearing intact is probably a good thing.
     
  8. sirloin

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    I did it to my stock '73 and it got rid of the shrill and made it a much more usable guitar. Still plenty of treble on tap in the tone pot.
     
  9. TDPRI

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    The routine with the 1 meg pots ( I have two Tele's with 'em) is to just crank down the tone control about a quarter of the way. This will remove the ice pick.

    As I said I have two Teles with 1 meg pots and this method works just fine for me.
     
  10. Stewart Ward

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    Hi,

    That's a good idea as long as you don't introduce too much 'capacitance', as capacitance will alter the resonance of th PU and can make it sound honky in the mids. This how Eric's 'Woman Tone' is created by turning the tone control for max treble cut. It forms a 'tuned circuit' with the inductance of the PU coil... so you end up with a narrow band of output.

    Have fun!
     
  11. stevieboy

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    I personally would create a whole new control plate assembly with 250K pots and whatever other changes you might want, and keep the old one intact as a unit. Just easier that way, IMO, and easier to return it to original, with original caps untouched, should that need arise.
     
  12. jhundt

    jhundt Doctor of Teleocity

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    stevieboy's suggestion is a 100% great idea.

    I wish the previous owner of my '68 had done that, instead of swapping pots and drilling an extra hole in the control plate!
     
  13. Stewart Ward

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    As I have done with my old '63!
     
  14. purpletele

    purpletele Friend of Leo's

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    +1 on this. I changed the pickup on my RI to an Antiquity and that alone was quite a fattening up. I just roll the tone till I find the sweet spot. Before I changed the pickup, I was contemplating changing to 250's too, but now there's no need. But, it's a cheap mod..so if it makes you feel better, try and and it would be easy to change back if you want.
     
  15. Five Fingers

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    It's not heresy at all. You should do it if it makes it sound better.
    ...Great advice!
     
  16. TG

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    +1
     
  17. Tele295

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    Do it

    Jack & Tab - do it
     
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