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    Question Single Coil through a 500K pot?

    If I was using a single coil with a 500K pot, what could you all recommend I use in order to avoid a sound that would be too bright? I'm thinking something like an SSL3 or SSL5 or a QP.
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    Default Re: Single Coil through a 500K pot?

    Dimarzio Virtual Vintage Blues DP402

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    Default Re: Single Coil through a 500K pot?

    i think a pickup like the quarter pounder, or hot rails would work great with a 500k. the hot rails in my tele sounds balanced, but if it were brighter, it would be so much for versatile.

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    Default Re: Single Coil through a 500K pot?

    Quote Originally Posted by DMyers77 View Post
    Dimarzio Virtual Vintage Blues DP402
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    They might not be 100% specifically made to work with 500K pots but they sure sound like they are.
    Last edited by ACH91332; 05-15-2010 at 05:05 PM.

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    Default Re: Single Coil through a 500K pot?

    I'm not looking for a rails pickup here. I'd prefer a true single or a stacked single if I have to go with one.
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    Default Re: Single Coil through a 500K pot?

    What guitar? Can't you turn the tone down?

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    Default Re: Single Coil through a 500K pot?

    I would have thought SSL-3 or QP, but I have no real experience with either of these so feel free to ignore me
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingrel View Post
    I would have thought SSL-3 or QP, but I have no real experience with either of these so feel free to ignore me
    LOL... I'll just have to try 'em and see I guess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diocletian View Post
    What guitar? Can't you turn the tone down?
    I may go to an HSS setup on one of my guitars both of them are alder-bodied with maple/rosewood necks. I haven't completely decided what bridge pickup I'm going to use, but probability is high that I'll be using a humbucker that I prefer with a 500k pot. I want a single coil or a stacked single that won't be overly bright with a 500k pot, so I was thinking something fatter and darker like the ssl3

    I don't use the tone control at all with humbuckers, occasionally with single coils. I suppose I could assign the tone control to the neck single only if I needed to.
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    Default Re: Single Coil through a 500K pot?

    If it's for the neck, in an HSS guitar, I'd go with one of the hotter ones like the SSL-5. I asked because I have an SSL-1 in the middle of my Jackson SL3 with master volume and tone, both 500K (JB bridge, Hot Rails neck). I like the SSL-1 a lot, but I do find it a bit sparkly unless I roll the tone back a little, and that messes with the other pickups.

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    Default Re: Single Coil through a 500K pot?

    Quote Originally Posted by Diocletian View Post
    If it's for the neck, in an HSS guitar, I'd go with one of the hotter ones like the SSL-5. I asked because I have an SSL-1 in the middle of my Jackson SL3 with master volume and tone, both 500K (JB bridge, Hot Rails neck). I like the SSL-1 a lot, but I do find it a bit sparkly unless I roll the tone back a little, and that messes with the other pickups.
    You could wire a 500k resistor in parallel with the SSL-1. This would give a 250k overall when engaged with the 500k volume.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hamerfan View Post
    You could wire a 500k resistor in parallel with the SSL-1. This would give a 250k overall when engaged with the 500k volume.
    That's a good idea, I never really looked into things like that. I will now! Cheers Armin.

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    Default Re: Single Coil through a 500K pot?

    I usually use 500k's with singles because it seems to give them a touch more clarity and perceived volume. The SSl-5 will be the brightest of the bunch only because the other 2 lose more treble with the higher winds. Depending on how hot you bridge is going to be, I would go much higher than the 5 in the neck only because I think the other 2 would just be too muddy. Depends on what you want out of it for tones really.
    The 5 still shouldnt be overly harsh in the neck slot unless this is a really bright axe.
    I have a SSL-6 that you could try and see if it helps you decide what you really want.

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    Default Re: Single Coil through a 500K pot?

    I've got a parts Strat with QP neck, SSL-5 mid and Lil '59 bridge with 500k pot. Sounds great to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingrel View Post
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