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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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Fender Pot, Strat 250K Split Shaft
Fender Strat Pot, 250K Split Shaft
Price: $6.99
Fender Strat Pot, 250K Split Shaft
Fender Strat Split Shaft 250K Pot Fender Tone and Volume pots for vintage Strats, 250K audio taper, splined shaft for traditional push-on knobs, CTS quality, nickel plated body, diecast aluminum top piece, fit '50s-present guitars. 0990830000.
Fender Strat Pot, 500K Split Shaft
Price: $6.45
Fender Strat Pot, 500K Split Shaft
Fender Strat 500K Pot Fender 500K Audio Potentiometers, split shaft. As used on humbucker equipped Big Apple and Lone Star Strats. The extra long 3/8" solid brass threaded mounting bushing would also fit Les Pauls and other Gibsons just fine. 0990834000.
Fender Strat TBX Tone Control
Fender Strat Pot, TBX Tone Control
Price: $12.49
Fender Strat Pot, TBX Tone Control
Fender Strat TBX Tone Control, Fender part 0992052000 Fender TBX Tone Control For Stratocaster. TBX means TREBLE BASS EXPANDER. Fender 0992052000.
Fender Pot, Tele, Bass, Mustang Etc. 250K Solid Shaft Audio Taper
Fender Tele, Bass, Mustang Pot, 250K Solid Shaft Audio Taper
Price: $6.99
Fender Tele, Bass, Mustang Pot, 250K Solid Shaft Audio Taper
Fender 250K Solid Shaft Pot Fender volume and tone control pots, solid shaft for traditional set screw knobs, CTS brand fits instruments from the '50s to the present, proper 250K audio taper. Same pots found on USA vintage reissues. 0990831000.
Gretsch 500K Solid Shaft Audio Taper Pot
Price: $7.89
Gretsch 500K Solid Shaft Audio Taper Pot
Gretsch 500K Solid Shaft Pot Genuine Gretsch USA 500K Audio Taper Solid Shaft Volume Or Tone Control Pot. Fits old and new USA Gretsch guitars. Industry standard solid brass 1/4" shaft for set screw fixing knobs. 9221001000
Hex Nuts, Fender Nickel Plated For USA Pots and Jacks, 1 Doz.
Price: $4.69
Hex Nuts, Fender Nickel Plated For USA Pots and Jacks, 1 Doz.
Twelve Genuine Fender Nickel Plated Hex Nuts For U.S.A. Pots and Jacks. Nickel plated steel. Essential parts for guitar and amplifier restoration; fits the pots and jacks found on those great '50s to the present day USA guitars and amps. 0016352049.
Lindy Fralin Blender Pot & Volume Kit For Stratocaster
Price: $17.00
Lindy Fralin Blender Pot & Volume Kit For Stratocaster
Lindy Fralin Blender Pot & Volume Kit For Stratocaster The Blender Pot Mixes the neck and bridge pickup without affecting the operation of the five way pickup selector switch! The Blender Pot is manufactured by CTS. Split shaft just like the other pots.
Lindy Fralin CTS Blender Pot For Fender Stratocaster
Price: $11.00
Lindy Fralin CTS Blender Pot For Fender Stratocaster
Lindy Fralin CTS Blender Pot For Fender Stratocaster Mixes the neck and bridge pickup without affecting the operation of the five-way pickup selector switch! With Lindy Fralin CTS Blender Pot you can control the volume of each pickup.
Lindy Fralin Push Pull Blender Pot
Lindy Fralin Push Pull Blender Pot
Price: $16.00
Lindy Fralin Push Pull Blender Pot
Lindy Fralin Push Pull Blender Pot For Les Paul*, Strats, Teles And Other Fine Guitars. Lindy's new Push Pull Blender Pot gives the player a whole new tonal palette to choose from, and new wiring combinations.
Lindy Fralin Volume Kit for Strat
Lindy Fralin Volume Kit for Strat
Price: $6.00
Lindy Fralin Volume Kit for Strat
Lindy Fralin Volume Kit For Stratocaster. The Fralin Standard Volume Kit includes a .0025uF ceramic disc capacitor and a 220K resistor. Please note this listing is for the Volume Kit Only. Pot not included.
Black Lockwashers
Lockwashers, Black, CTS, 1 Dozen
Price: $2.49
Lockwashers, Black, CTS, 1 Dozen
Lockwashers, Black, CTS, 1 Dozen Black plated steel. Essential parts for guitar and amplifier restoration, building and repairs; fits the CTS pots and Switchcraft jacks found on most USA guitars and amps EXACTLY. Keeps those vital parts TIGHT.
Fender Lockwashers
Lockwashers, Fender Modern Compact Nickel For Fender Pots & Jacks, 1 Dozen
Price: $3.99
Lockwashers, Fender Modern Compact Nickel  For Fender Pots & Jacks, 1 Dozen
Twelve Genuine Fender Compact Modern Nickel Plated Steel Internally Toothed Lock Washers For Fender Etc. Pots & Jacks. Fender 0022384049.
Fender Lockwashers
Lockwashers, Fender Nickel For Fender Pots & Jacks, 12
Price: $4.49
Lockwashers, Fender Nickel For Fender Pots & Jacks, 12
Fender Nickel Lock Washers For Fender Pots & Jacks, 12 Bright Nickel plated steel. Fits the CTS pots and Switchcraft jacks found on those great '50s-present USA guitars and amps. Fender 0016436049.
Lockwashers
Lockwashers, Stainless Steel For Metric 6mm Imported Potentiometers, 1 Dozen
Price: $2.99
Lockwashers, Stainless Steel For Metric 6mm Imported Potentiometers, 1 Dozen
Stainless Steel Lockwashers For Metric 6mm Imported Potentiometers Pots Controls New, 1 Dozen If you work on amps, effects and guitars with "ALPHA" or other imported metric sized pots you need to have a stash of these 'internally toothed" lockwashers.
Clarostat Pot
N.O.S. Clarostat 380C3-150 Potentiometer, 150 ohm, 2 watt
Price: $3.98
N.O.S. Clarostat 380C3-150  Potentiometer, 150 ohm, 2 watt
380C3-150 Clarostat Potentiometer, 150 ohm, 2 watt Comes with Nut and Washer. 1/4 inch round shaft with slot. Made in USA. Limited Supply Available, New Old Stock
Clarostat Locking Mini Pot
N.O.S. Clarostat 381L1K Potentiometer 1K Ohm Linear Taper Locking Shaft Mini Pot
Price: $3.98
N.O.S. Clarostat 381L1K Potentiometer 1K Ohm Linear Taper Locking Shaft Mini Pot
Clarostat 1K Ohm Linear Taper Locking Shaft Mini Pot 381-L 1K I measured this pot at various degrees of rotation and it behaves like a linear taper pot. The "L" series pots feature a very short locking shaft.
Clarostat Pot
N.O.S. Clarostat 381L500 500 Ohm Linear Taper Locking Shaft Mini Pot
Price: $3.98
N.O.S. Clarostat 381L500  500 Ohm Linear Taper Locking Shaft Mini Pot
Clarostat 500 Ohm Linear Taper Locking Shaft Mini Pot 381-L 500 I measured this pot at various degrees of rotation and it behaves like a linear taper pot. The "L" series pots feature a very short locking shaft.
Clarostat Pot
N.O.S. Clarostat 381N25K Potentiometer 25K Ohm Linear Taper N.O.S. Mini Pot
Price: $3.98
N.O.S. Clarostat 381N25K  Potentiometer 25K Ohm Linear Taper N.O.S. Mini Pot
Clarostat 25K Linear Taper N.O.S. Mini Pot "381-N 25K" I measured this pot at various degrees of rotation and it behaves like a linear taper pot. "Pot body measures .6605", height of body .341", threaded mounting bushing .256 long, shaft diameter .124".
Clarostat Pot
N.O.S. Clarostat 388L2.5MEG Potentiometer 2.5 Meg Ohm Linear Taper Mini Pot
Price: $3.98
N.O.S. Clarostat 388L2.5MEG  Potentiometer 2.5 Meg Ohm Linear Taper Mini Pot
Clarostat 388L Series 2.5 Meg Linear Taper Mini Pot "388 L 2.5 Meg" I measured this pot at various degrees of rotation and it behaves like a linear taper pot. Pot 'box' body constructed from blue plastic with stainless steel fittings.
Clarostat Pot
N.O.S. Clarostat 388L500 Potentiometer 500 Ohm Linear Taper Mini Pot
Price: $3.98
N.O.S. Clarostat 388L500  Potentiometer 500 Ohm Linear Taper Mini Pot
Clarostat 388L Series 500 Ohm Linear Taper Mini Pot I measured this pot at various degrees of rotation and it behaves like a linear taper pot. Pot 'box' body constructed from blue plastic with stainless steel fittings measures .524" X .517" X .441.
Clarostat Pot
N.O.S. Clarostat 388N-1K Potentiometer IK Ohm Linear Taper Mini Pot
Price: $3.98
N.O.S. Clarostat 388N-1K Potentiometer IK Ohm Linear Taper Mini Pot
Clarostat 388 Series IK Ohm Linear Taper Mini Pot I measured this pot at various degrees of rotation and it behaves like a linear taper pot. Pot 'box' body constructed from blue plastic with stainless steel fittings measures .524" X .517" X .441.
Clarostat Pot
N.O.S. Clarostat 388N25K Potentiometer 25K Ohm Linear Taper Mini Pot
Price: $3.98
N.O.S. Clarostat 388N25K Potentiometer 25K Ohm Linear Taper Mini Pot
Clarostat 388 Series 25K Ohm Linear Taper Mini Pot I measured this pot at various degrees of rotation and it behaves like a linear taper pot. Pot 'box' body constructed from blue plastic with stainless steel fittings measures .524" X .517" X .441.
Clarostat Pot
N.O.S. Clarostat 388N500 Potentiometer 500 Ohm Linear Taper Mini Pot
Price: $3.98
N.O.S. Clarostat 388N500  Potentiometer 500 Ohm Linear Taper Mini Pot
Clarostat 388 Series 500 Ohm Linear Taper Mini Pot I measured this pot at various degrees of rotation and it behaves like a linear taper pot. Pot 'box' body constructed from blue plastic with stainless steel fittings measures .524" X .517" X .441.
Clarostat Pot
N.O.S. Clarostat 389-5 2500Z 2500 Ohm Audio Taper Screwdriver Adjust Mini Pot N.O.S.
Price: $3.98
N.O.S. Clarostat 389-5 2500Z  2500 Ohm Audio Taper Screwdriver Adjust Mini Pot N.O.S.
Clarostat 389-5 Series 2500 Ohm Audio Taper Screwdriver Adjust Mini Potentiometer."389 5 2500 Z" Stamped On The Original Individual Box I measured this pot at various degrees of rotation and it behaves like an audio taper pot.
Clarostat Pot
N.O.S. Clarostat 389-5 250Z 250 Ohm Audio Mini Trim Pot
Price: $3.98
N.O.S. Clarostat 389-5 250Z 250 Ohm Audio Mini Trim Pot
Clarostat 389-5 Series 250 Ohm Linear Mini Trim Pot "389 5 250Z" Pot 'box' body constructed from blue plastic with stainless steel fittings measures .522" X .519" X .437 deep. Three gold plated PC board mounting blade terminals.
Clarostat Pot
N.O.S. Clarostat 389-5-250 250 Ohm Linear Taper Screwdriver Adjust Mini Pot N.O.S.
Price: $3.98
N.O.S. Clarostat 389-5-250  250 Ohm Linear Taper Screwdriver Adjust Mini Pot N.O.S.
Clarostat 389-5 Series 250 Ohm Linear Taper Screwdriver Adjust Mini Potentiometer."389-5 250" Stamped On The Original Individual Box. I measured this pot at various degrees of rotation and it behaves like an linear taper pot.
Clarostat Pot
N.O.S. Clarostat 389-5-2500 2500 Ohm Linear Taper Screwdriver Adjust Mini Pot N.O.S.
Price: $3.98
N.O.S. Clarostat 389-5-2500 2500 Ohm Linear Taper Screwdriver Adjust Mini Pot N.O.S.
Clarostat 389-5 Series 2500 Ohm Linear Taper Screwdriver Adjust Mini Potentiometer."389-5 2500" Stamped On The Original Individual Box. I measured this pot at various degrees of rotation and it behaves like an linear taper pot.
Clarostat Pot
N.O.S. Clarostat 389525KZ Potentiometer 25K Ohm Audio Taper Screwdriver Adjust Mini Pot N.O.S.
Price: $3.98
N.O.S. Clarostat 389525KZ  Potentiometer 25K Ohm Audio Taper Screwdriver Adjust Mini Pot N.O.S.
Clarostat 389-5 Series 25K Ohm Audio Taper Screwdriver Adjust Mini Potentiometer."389 5 25KZ" Stamped On The Original Individual Box I measured this pot at various degrees of rotation and it behaves like an audio taper pot.
Clarostat Pot
N.O.S. Clarostat 3895500Z Potentiometer 500 Ohm Audio Taper Screwdriver Adjust Mini Pot N.O.S.
Price: $3.98
N.O.S. Clarostat 3895500Z  Potentiometer 500 Ohm Audio Taper Screwdriver Adjust Mini Pot N.O.S.
Clarostat 389-5 Series 500 Ohm Audio Taper Screwdriver Adjust Mini Potentiometer."389 5 500 Z" Stamped On The Original Individual Box I measured this pot at various degrees of rotation and it behaves like an audio taper pot.
Clarostat Pot
N.O.S. Clarostat 389L1K Potentiometers 1K Ohm Linear Taper Locking Mini Pot
Price: $3.98
N.O.S. Clarostat 389L1K  Potentiometers 1K Ohm Linear Taper Locking Mini Pot
Clarostat 389-L Series 1K Ohm Linear Taper Screwdriver Adjust Locking Mini Potentiometer."389 L 1K" Stamped On The Original Individual Box. I measured this pot at various degrees of rotation and it behaves like a linear taper pot.
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