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(Date Posted:12/03/2006 22:55:48)
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I've been reading older threads for a while now and haven't felt the need to clutter with rehashed questions. But... I am replacing the pots on my MIM with new 250's. I want to retain the tone just upgrade to better quality pots for more control. I have no idea what size the cap is. I have a .047uf , would this be correct? or should I go with the .022 uf. What effect will this have on my tone keeping the stock pickups?
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(Date Posted:12/04/2006 01:51:36)

...the original Fender combination was 250K / 0.047uF for singlecoils.

...the original Gibson combination was 330K / 0.022uF for humbuckers.
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(Date Posted:12/04/2006 16:26:24)

Thanks, I soldered in the new pots and the Cap. What a difference.  I ohmed out the Mexican pots and they really were garbage. There was almost no change and then it overloaded suddenly at less thena quarter turn. I now have full tonal range and possibilaties that I did not have previously. I have done a few hardware upgrades but this should've been the first thing that I did. I can't tell you how much this forum has helped me in my endevours.

On the down side. I picked up an old problem that I had a while ago. I drag my pinky when I play and I'm getting a static pop. I had this before and used aluminum tape on the back of the pickguard to shield the pickups as much as I could from the static. This worked until last night. Should I try to ground the pick ups better in order to get rid of this. I grounded them as they were, to the volume pot. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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(Date Posted:12/04/2006 17:56:21)

To reduce or eliminate pickguard static, which does become worse the colder and drier the weather becomes, I use the copper foil available for shielding guitars.  The copper foil, unlike the aluminum tape has a conductive glue so you don't have to get into soldering pieces to maintain continuity.

 

The only real trick is to make sure the foil itself is grounded. On a tele, I leave a little tab in the rounded area where the control plate fits, and fold it back over itself. Once the control plate is screwed down, it's an instant ground connection.

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(Date Posted:12/04/2006 18:25:18)

Thanks for the info. I have to run out and get some copper foil from the local guitar shop now. Again this sight has been a life saver. I'm just about done this guitar now I need a new project. I have some time to think about that though. I like the idea of a mahogany Tele with P 90's. Is there any bodies available for this. Or should I get some mahogany nad start from scratch? I'm going to post this on the Bodies board.
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(Date Posted:12/05/2006 02:53:33)

PICKGAURD STATIC POP: try wiping the pickguard with a "CLING-FREE" or "BOUNCE" anti-static laundry sheet...usually solves the problem for quite awhile until the 'chemical' wears away.
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(Date Posted:12/05/2006 16:34:42)

Thanks I'll try that. The weather did just change here in Connecticut. I'm from Pa originally and moved into a house with electric heat. Its a really dry heat I believe that is contributing to the problem. I played her last night anyway. static pop or no. She still sounds great.
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RE:What Capacitor to use in my MIM
(Date Posted:03/08/2008 22:41:45)

Reply to Old Tele man (12/03/2006 10:55 PM).
...the original Fender combination was 250K / 0.047uF for singlecoils
...the original Gibson combination was 330K / 0.022uF for humbuckers.

maybe a dumb question, but I know little about this stuff. If I used a Spreague .033 cap could I add a .014 cap (hypothetically) without using a single .047 cap between the pots?

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