Why do miniature pots have such a bad rep with modders?

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by cmm71, Sep 18, 2020.

  1. Jay Jernigan

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    The first time I installed a blender knob on a Strat I used a mini pot of unknown origin.
    It worked so well that I figured a more expensive pot would work even better.
    Nope.
     
  2. EsquireOK

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    It's an issue of correlation that has become ingrained in many people's minds as fact.

    Many horrible pots on horrible guitars are indeed mini pots.

    But that doesn't mean they're horrible pots because they're mini pots.

    They're simply horrible pots because they are horrible pots. They just happen to be mini pots – probably because smaller = less expensive for the manufacturer. In other words, they are double cheap, on purpose: 1) cheap by being bad 2) cheaper still by being small.
     
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  3. Gevalt

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    If it works it's great. But, I like the idea of a carbon track and have had many more minis become scratchy tone pots than large.
     
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  4. Geo

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    Fender Japan probably figured the same type used on other audio gear like stereo amps
    and equipment would be fine and take up less space.
     
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