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    Default 250k vs 500k in Telecaster

    Hi - so I have been playing my Tele (Duncan 59 in the neck and Duncan JD in bridge) and I have an issue. The JD pup sounds AWESOME, but the 59 in very muddy in the neck. I was trying to figure out the issue, and I think it has to do with the 250k tone pot I used. I'm fairly sure that a 500k pot would open up the 59 nicely, but my issue is how it will affect the JD. Is there any way to solve this problem in a Tele?

    I also have a (sorta) similar issue with a Lawrence L500 in the neck of my Strat... the guitar has two humbuckers and I used 500k pots, but the Lawrence is super muddy. I was thinking of trying a 1meg pot for the neck tone. Would that help, or does the L500 just suck?

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    Default Re: 250k vs 500k in Telecaster

    May be no need to ask this, but have you tried messing around with the polepieces? I had the same problem with a '59 in the neck a while ago and dropping the pickup but raising the polepieces totally solved my problem.
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    Default Re: 250k vs 500k in Telecaster

    500k pots and 500k resistors for the jb pickup. the '59 will see 500k and the JB will see 250k
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    Quote Originally Posted by jake_xms3_punk View Post
    500k pots and 500k resistors for the jb pickup. the '59 will see 500k and the JB will see 250k
    I was actually going to post something like this, but I wasn't confident enough in my electrical knowledge to know if it would work. Glad to see it does!
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    I'm not sure I understand. The bridge pup is a Jerry Donahue single coil. I only have one tone pot.

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    '59n and a Vintage '54 lead.
    500k pots .47 cap.
    Sounds fine.
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    Default Re: 250k vs 500k in Telecaster

    Though I've never tried it personally, I've seen info that with 2 500k pots a resistor in the circuit for the single coil between the switch and the volume pot causes the single coil to "see" a lower value depending on the value of the resistor used. Look at the diagram for the USA Fat Tele on the Fender site.

    http://support.fender.com/service_di...0_02B_SISD.pdf
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    Ok, I see what you mean. I like that a LOT. So I can use a standard 5-way with two 500k pots and add splitting capabilities as well. I'll look into that. Thanks!!!

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    Default Re: 250k vs 500k in Telecaster

    I found this diagram that may work with my existing 3-way.


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    Default Re: 250k vs 500k in Telecaster

    its always an issue when you mix hums and singles in my opinion. One of them needs to compromize , but that diagram might have some promise. You could always bypass the tone for the neck pickup to brighten it up too.
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