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High class guitar pot trials...

Postby oddioguy » Wed May 09, 2007 9:47 am

Bourns recently introduced a high quality guitar pot, the 95 series, in the two common values of 500K and 250K.
Of course, I had to bring some in for stock, as well as try them out.
I have found that a lot of "economy" pots tend to be noisy when used in guitars which are then used with high gain amps, so these puppies had better perform...

I'll post my results soon.
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Postby oddioguy » Fri May 11, 2007 8:44 am

I'm also looking at their standard line...the PDB241-GTR series. I would like to believe that these will still out-perform the typical stock pots found in most low to middle quality instruments, but I'll have to try them before I comment further.
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Postby oddioguy » Sat May 19, 2007 7:19 am

The pots in question. I will be replacing the originals in my Yamaha SG700 to start....

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Postby oddioguy » Sat May 19, 2007 7:25 pm

Well, I went to do the pot swap, and was stopped dead in my tracks.
The new Bourns pots have fine knurled shafts. Every single guitar I've owned or worked on in my entire life has had coarse knurled shafts.
I now need to get a complete new set of knobs. No real issue for me, as the originals are on the cusp of 30 years old, and have seen a lot of action, but still...if this was a vintage instument and I was trying to keep it as "stock" as possible by re-using the original knobs, I would be SOL...

...strike one. :cry:
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Postby oddioguy » Sun May 20, 2007 6:23 am

...and they only come supplied with one nut and washer. No prob for a Les Paul, but if you are mounting in a pickguard as with a Strat, it would really be nice to have a second nut for height adjustment.
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Postby oddioguy » Sun May 20, 2007 8:50 am

Revisited the PDB241 spec page as well....again no reference to fine or coarse knurling.

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Postby oddioguy » Wed May 23, 2007 7:21 pm

I am now waiting for some sort of response on this issue from Bourns. I emailed them last week, and will follow again in another day or so. I realize these things can be slow in coming.
I still can't understand what prompted their decision to go with the fine knurling? Am I missing something? Image
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Postby Radio man! » Fri May 25, 2007 7:43 am

I always found the worst part of knurled pot was keeping it lit. :shock: :twisted:
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Postby oddioguy » Fri May 25, 2007 7:58 am

Sure you're not thinking of smoked Salmon? Image
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Postby Radio man! » Fri May 25, 2007 8:10 am

Well That just smells a little phishie! :lol:
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Postby oddioguy » Fri Jun 01, 2007 4:09 pm

It is now June 1st....
I have contacted Bourns twice in the week prior, but no reply. I know I'm merely a little fish in a big pond, but I don't think I'm alone with this complaint.
An answer, even if it's "Fuck off you're wasting our precious time." would be appreciated.
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Postby oddioguy » Sat Jun 09, 2007 8:46 pm

Still no reply from Bourns. My support of thier products is waning to say the least.
....and "yes" this affect my industrial purchasing decisions as well...

As a token of protest, I have removed the links from my initial posts.

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