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Is this pot wiring goofy???

11/17/2005 5:27 AM
Kluson Guy Is this pot wiring goofy???
I am checking out a Gibson Nighthawk and the pot wiring looks goofy. See pic. It doesn't sound awful but I wonder if having the cap wired on vol lug 3 is sucking tone. I have never seen this config before. Any experienced opinions appreciated.  
11/17/2005 5:28 AM
Kluson Guy
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11/17/2005 8:48 PM

This wiring is not unregular (or goofy) in any way. You'll see a lot of posts comparing it to the other configuration you'd most probably seen (middle lug of the vol pot?). Each one has it's own characteristics so maybe it's a good idea to try the other version and see which one you like best.
11/25/2005 6:00 PM

The only difference between the two ways of wiring the tone cap is that a cap wired to the wiper of the volume control will roll off more highs as the volume is decreased, as it forms a single pole RC lowpass filter.This is at the heart of the reasons why 500k-1M pots sound brighter than 250K pots. Wiring to the outside hot lug means that the tone control is independant of the volume position, however the volume control will still attenuate high frequencies as it loads down the pickup.
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