Wow... SG Special with minis...

Discussion in 'Gibson SG' started by Dale, Apr 16, 2019.

  1. cerebral gasket

    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    Maybe I should not have used the word "favored", as I do not have a preference or recommend one pot over another. From my experience with the SG Special Faded, I like the way those guitars sound with the stock 490 pickups and 300K pots.

    A 500K pot is not "better" than a 300K pot or vice versa. They are simply pots with different values. If the measured value of a pot falls far below what it should be, then that would explain why it may cause a guitar to sound "muddy", because there is less resistance between the pickup and ground.

    Traditionally, the rule of thumb in the past was to use 500K pots for humbuckers and 250K pots for single coils. Some modern humbuckers have higher outputs compared to early vintage humbuckers. Using a 500K pot with a modern high output pickup may cause it to sound too shrill, where a 300K pot would be a better choice for that application.

    Not all humbuckers are the same, so it makes sense to use pots and caps with values that are a good match to the pickups being used. What's a "good" match depends on who you ask.
     
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  2. Col Mustard

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    cool, that explains it a little.

    And maybe others have wondered the same as i did.
    Since I like the more moderate output pickups, the fact that I also
    favor 500K p'ups seems to jive with what you posted.

    What that means for the SG Special with Mini hums, I couldn't tell you.
    After all this talk about resistance, I still feel that the output of my
    '70s Tribute SG seems similar to what I get from my SG with '57 Classic
    and Classic plus. ...in spite of the difference in resistance.

    The '70s Trib was issued with stock Gibson 500k pots, and they are
    still there. They work fine and I love the tone, so I'm not changing them.
     
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  3. Dale

    Dale Well-Known Member

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    I did not look at the pots that are in mine really so I do not know. Mine does not sound "high output" relative to the various PAF style I use nearly everywhere else.
     
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  4. Derald

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    I can absolutely guarantee that my 2012 Gibson SG Special 70’s Tribute with the mini humbuckers has a resistance reading of 6.8k ohms. I just measured it. I even have pics! Except I can’t upload them. The pots are 500k linear vol and 500k audio tone.
    I doubt my guitar is special. The 70’s Tribute I had last year in a different color measured the same.
     
  5. cerebral gasket

    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    Of course it is.
    That’s why it’s called an SG Special.
     
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    Finally got it done . . .

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