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A pot is variable resistor. Most common guitar pots have a layer of conductive carbon deposited on a non-conductive phenolic plastic base. A metal "wiper" sweeps along this carbon variable resistance path as the pot shaft is rotated, allowing us to change the resistance and thus choose the level of attenuation. The density pattern of the carbon deposit determines the taper of the pot. A linear taper pot changes resistance evenly; at about half rotation (12 o'clock) you'll get roughly half the total resistance of the pot. An audio (A.K.A. "logarithmic") taper pot works differently; you'll have to turn it up to about three quarters rotation to measure one half of the resistance value of the pot. Try this yourself with an audio taper pot, a linear taper pot and an ohm meter. Looking down at the top of the pot with the solder lugs facing away from you, put your two meter probes on the left-most and center solder lug. Now turn the pot all the way counterclockwise and you should measure the total resistance of the pot (e.g. 500K or so...). Now turn the pot shaft clockwise to about half rotation; it helps to have a pointer type knob on the shaft to keep track of the rotation. If you're measuring a linear taper pot, about half rotation should give you half of the total value of the pot. If you turn this linear taper pot up about three quarters rotation you'll measure 20-25% of the total resistance value. When you turn the pot up all the way clockwise you will probably still measure some resistance, say 2 to 60 or so ohms. Now try to measure an audio pot. You find that the resistance changes only 15-20% or so at half rotation, reading half the total resistance value only after you've reached almost three quarters rotation and then it drops rapidly (logarithmically...). Audio taper pots are commonly used when fine adjustment is needed at lower listening levels. There are many other pot tapers available. In my experience, different examples of even" standard" tapers such as "audio" can vary quite a bit in how they feel to a guitarist. Here again, experimentation with different pots may be worthwhile. Remember that a pot is not an amplifier; it can only attenuate signal.
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1 Meg Audio Taper Solid Shaft  Potentiometer
1 Meg Audio Taper Solid Shaft Potentiometer
Price: $3.49
1 Meg Audio Taper Solid Shaft  Potentiometer
1 Meg Audio Taper Solid Shaft Guitar Amp Pot Good quality pot for repairs to guitar amps. Plated metal case is easy to solder to. Body of pot measures .949" diameter. Solid aluminum shaft for standard set screw knobs measures .234"/5.98mm diameter.
1 Meg Audio Taper With Switch, One Pot
Price: $6.99
1 Meg Audio Taper With Switch, One Pot
1 Meg Audio Taper Amp Pot With Switch For Vintage Amps, One Pot Good quality pot for building Fender Champ clones and for repairs to similar vintage guitar amps that piggyback a rotary AC On-Off switch on the back of the volume control.
1 Meg Solid Shaft Audio Taper Volume Mini Pot
1 Meg Solid Shaft Audio Taper Volume Mini Pot
Price: $2.99
1 Meg Solid Shaft Audio Taper Volume Mini Pot
1 Meg Solid Shaft Audio Taper Volume Mini Pot For Jaguar, Jazzmaster, Harp Mics, Amps And More! Similar in construction to the very popular Alpha branded pots we sell but the hex fastening nut is smaller. Hex nut, locker washer and flat washer included.
100 Ohm 3W Wirewound Hum Balance Pot For Tube Amps
Price: $5.99
100 Ohm 3W Wirewound Hum Balance Pot For Tube Amps
100 Ohm 3W Wirewound Hum Balance Pot For Tube Amps, One Pot 100 Ohm Linear Taper 3 Watt Wirewound Locking Screwdriver Adjust Amplifier Hum Balance Potentiometer. Compact size, affordable chassis mount pot with solder lugs for tube amp projects.
100 Ohm Linear Taper 5 Watt Wirewound Hum Balance Pot
100 Ohm Linear Taper 5 Watt Wirewound Hum Balance Pot
Price: $6.99
100 Ohm Linear Taper 5 Watt Wirewound Hum Balance Pot
100 Ohm 5% Tolerance Linear Taper 5 Watt Wirewound Amplifier Hum Balance Potentiometer For Tube Amps. Jumbo size 1.619" diameter, .973" tall. 6mm solid shaft fits both USA and import knobs.
100K Audio Taper Solid Shaft Potentiometer
100K Audio Taper Solid Shaft Potentiometer
Price: $3.49
100K Audio Taper Solid Shaft Potentiometer
100K Audio Taper Solid Shaft Guitar Amp Pot Good quality pot for repairs to guitar amps. Plated metal case is easy to solder to. Body of pot meaures .949" diameter. Solid aluminum shaft for standard set screw knobs measures .234" diameter.
100K Linear Taper Pot With Black Gear
100K Linear Taper Pot With Gear For Wah Wah Pedals
Price: $9.95
100K Linear Taper Pot With Gear For Wah Wah Pedals
100K Linear Taper Replacement Potentiometer With Black Gear Installed For Wah Wah Pedals Need an affordable replacement pot to fix up that old wah wah? Here it is.
100K Solid Shaft Linear Taper Potentiometer
100K Solid Shaft Linear Taper Potentiometer
Price: $3.49
100K Solid Shaft Linear Taper Potentiometer
100K Solid Shaft Linear Taper Potentiometer For Amplifiers, Effects, Radios And More. Good quality imported potentiometer for repairs to amps, effects and other electronics. Plated metal case is easy to solder. Body of pot measures .949" diameter.
1K Solid Shaft Linear Taper Potentiometer
1K Solid Shaft Linear Taper Potentiometer
Price: $3.49
1K Solid Shaft Linear Taper Potentiometer
1K Solid Shaft Linear Taper Potentiometer For Amplifiers, Effects, Radios And More. Good quality imported potentiometer for repairs to amps, effects and other electronics. Plated metal case is easy to solder. Body of pot measures .949" dia.
250K Audio Taper Solid Shaft Potentiometer
250K Audio Taper Solid Shaft Potentiometer
Price: $3.49
250K Audio Taper Solid Shaft Potentiometer
250K Audio Taper Amplifier Potentiometer Good quality pot for repairs to guitar amps. Plated metal case is easy to solder to. Body of pot meaures .949" diameter. Solid aluminum shaft for standard set screw knobs measures .234" diameter.
250K Solid Shaft Linear Taper Potentiometer
250K Solid Shaft Linear Taper Potentiometer
Price: $3.49
250K Solid Shaft Linear Taper Potentiometer
250K Solid Shaft Linear Taper Potentiometer For Amplifiers, Effects, Radios And More. Good quality imported potentiometer for repairs to amps, effects and other electronics. Plated metal case is easy to solder. Body of pot measures .949" diameter.
25K Solid Shaft Audio Taper Pot
25K Solid Shaft Audio Taper Potentiometer
Price: $3.49
25K Solid Shaft Audio Taper Potentiometer
25K Solid Shaft Audio Taper Potentiometer For Amplifiers, Effects, Radios And More. Good quality imported potentiometer for repairs to amps, effects and other electronics. Plated metal case is easy to solder. Body of pot measures .949" diameter.
25K Solid Shaft Linear Taper Pot
25K Solid Shaft Linear Taper Potentiometer
Price: $3.49
25K Solid Shaft Linear Taper Potentiometer
25K Solid Shaft Linear Taper Potentiometer For Amplifiers, Effects, Radios And More. Good quality imported potentiometer for repairs to amps, effects and other electronics. Plated metal case is easy to solder. Body of pot measures .949" diameter.
500K Audio Taper Solid Shaft Potentiometer
500K Audio Taper Solid Shaft Potentiometer
Price: $3.49
500K Audio Taper Solid Shaft Potentiometer
500K Audio Taper Solid Shaft Guitar Amp Pot Good quality pot for repairs to guitar amps. Plated metal case is easy to solder to. Body of pot meaures .949" diameter. Solid aluminum shaft for standard set screw knobs measures .234" diameter.
5K Solid Shaft Audio Taper Potentiometer
5K Solid Shaft Audio Taper Potentiometer
Price: $3.49
5K Solid Shaft Audio Taper Potentiometer
5K Solid Shaft Audio Taper Potentiometer For Amplifiers, Effects, Radios And More. Good quality imported potentiometer for repairs to amps, effects and other electronics. Plated metal case is easy to solder. Body of pot measures .949" diameter.
5K Solid Shaft Linear Taper Potentiometer
5K Solid Shaft Linear Taper Potentiometer
Price: $3.49
5K Solid Shaft Linear Taper Potentiometer
5K Solid Shaft Linear Taper Potentiometer For Amplifiers, Effects, Radios And More. Good quality imported potentiometer for repairs to amps, effects and other electronics. Plated metal case is easy to solder. Body of pot measures .949" diameter.
Alps Pot, Blue Velvet 100K Stereo
Alps Pot, Blue Velvet 100K Stereo, RK27112
Price: $22.00
Alps Pot, Blue Velvet 100K Stereo, RK27112
Alps Potentiometer, Blue Velvet 100K Stereo Alps Blue Velvet dual/stereo 100K audio taper volume control pot for high quality audio . Solid aluminum 6mm diameter shaft fits vintage and new USA knobs designed for 1/4" shaft USA pots.
Alps Pot, Blue Velvet 250K Stereo
Alps Pot, Blue Velvet 250K Stereo, RK27112
Price: $22.00
Alps Pot, Blue Velvet 250K Stereo, RK27112
Alps Potentiometer, Blue Velvet 250K Stereo Alps Blue Velvet dual/stereo 250K audio taper volume control pot for high quality audio. Solid aluminum 6mm diameter shaft fits vintage and new USA knobs designed for 1/4" shaft USA pots.
Conversion Bushings For USA CTS Split Shaft Pots
Conversion Bushings For USA CTS Split Shaft Pots-Use Set Screw Knobs, Set of 12
Price: $5.99
Conversion Bushings For USA CTS Split Shaft Pots-Use Set Screw Knobs, Set of 12
Set Of Twelve Solid Brass Conversion Bushings For USA CTS Split Shaft Pots-Use Set Screw Knobs If you need to install a set screw knobs designed to fit 1/4" solid shafts on a split shaft CTS pot here's the conversion bushings you need. Pot not included.
CTS Solid Shaft Pot
CTS 450G Solid Shaft 250K Potentiometer For Teles
Price: $3.99
CTS 450G Solid Shaft 250K Potentiometer For Teles
CTS 450G Solid Shaft 250K Potentiometer For Teles The brand new 450G Series is CTS's top of the line low torque 10% tolerance pot specifically designed for musicial use.
CTS 450G Solid Shaft 250K Potentiometers For Mustangs, Set of 2
Price: $7.98
CTS 450G Solid Shaft 250K Potentiometers For Mustangs, Set of 2
CTS 450G Solid Shaft 250K Potentiometers For Mustangs, Set of 2 The brand new 450G Series is CTS's top of the line low torque 10% tolerance pot specifically designed for musicial use. Easier to use for volume swells and tone control wah wah effects.
CTS 450G Solid Shaft 250K Potentiometers For Teles, Set of 2
Price: $7.98
CTS 450G Solid Shaft 250K Potentiometers For Teles, Set of 2
CTS 450G Solid Shaft 250K Potentiometers For Teles, Set of 2 The brand new 450G Series is CTS's top of the line low torque 10% tolerance pot specifically designed for musicial use.
CTS 450G Solid Shaft 250K Pots For Fender Jazz Bass, Set of 3
Price: $11.97
CTS 450G Solid Shaft 250K Pots For Fender Jazz Bass, Set of 3
3 CTS 450G Solid Shaft 250K Pots For Fender Jazz Bass The brand new 450G Series is CTS's top of the line low torque 10% tolerance pot specifically designed for musicial use.
CTS 450G Solid Shaft 250K Pots For Precision Bass, Set of 2
Price: $7.98
CTS 450G Solid Shaft 250K Pots For Precision Bass, Set of 2
2 CTS 450G Solid Shaft 250K Pots For Precision Bass The brand new 450G Series is CTS's top of the line low torque 10% tolerance pot specifically designed for musicial use.
CTS 450G Solid Shaft 250K Pots, Set of 10
Price: $39.00
CTS 450G Solid Shaft 250K Pots, Set of 10
Set Of Ten (10) Brand New Vintage Style Genuine CTS 450G Series 250K Audio Taper Solid Shaft Volume Or Tone Control Pots Fits Fender Telecaster, NoCaster, Esquire, Jazz Bass, Precision Bass, Duo-Sonic, Musicmaster And Similar Guitars.
CTS 450G Solid Shaft 250K Pots, Set of 100
Price: $379.00
CTS 450G Solid Shaft 250K Pots, Set of 100
One Hundred Brand New Genuine CTS 450G Series 250K Audio Taper Solid 1/4" Shaft Volume Or Tone Control Potentiometers Fits Fender Telecaster And Many Other Guitars And Basses. The brand new 450G Series is CTS's top of the line.
CTS 450G Solid Shaft 250K Pots, Set of 2, Matched
Price: $17.99
CTS 450G Solid Shaft 250K Pots, Set of 2, Matched
2 Matched CTS 450G Solid Shaft 250K Pots Potentiometers The brand new 450G Series is CTS's top of the line low torque 10% tolerance pot specifically designed for musicial use.
CTS 450G Solid Shaft 250K Pots, Set of 20
Price: $79.00
CTS 450G Solid Shaft 250K Pots, Set of 20
CTS 450G Solid Shaft 250K Guitar Pots, Set of 20 The brand new 450G Series is CTS's top of the line low torque 10% tolerance pot specifically designed for musicial use.
CTS 450G Solid Shaft 250K Pots, Set of 3, Matched
Price: $19.99
CTS 450G Solid Shaft 250K Pots, Set of 3, Matched
3 Matched CTS 450G Solid Shaft 250K Pots Potentiometers The brand new 450G Series is CTS's top of the line low torque 10% tolerance pot specifically designed for musicial use.
CTS 450G Split Shaft 250K Potentiometer For Strats
Price: $3.99
CTS 450G Split Shaft 250K Potentiometer For Strats
CTS 450G Split Shaft 250K Potentiometer For Strats The brand new 450G Series is CTS's top of the line low torque 10% tolerance pot specifically designed for musicial use.
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