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DiMarzio 500K Custom Taper Split Shaft Pot 

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DiMarzio500K Custom Taper Split Shaft Pot
 
4.3

(based on 33 reviews)

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    (24)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (15)
  • Functional (12)
  • Improves sound (11)
  • Easy to use (10)

Cons

  • Poor quality (4)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

What you get is better than what you see...

The pot in the picture is not what you get. The pot shown is an older Dimarzio pot made by CGE. CGE is no longer in business. Check out your favorite forums regarding...Read complete review

The pot in the picture is not what you get. The pot shown is an older Dimarzio pot made by CGE. CGE is no longer in business. Check out your favorite forums regarding CGE pots.
What you receive instead is a CTS pot vintage style pot (dishback) with gold shaft and gold bushing. The Dimarzio p/n is EP1201 and it is an excellent pot. I bought 3 of these and I have one installed in my Gibson '79 ES-347. The new Dimarzio pot serves as the tone pot for my bridge pickup. The other 3 pots in the guitar are original Dimarzio 500K. Rotation is very smooth with very low rotational resistance and a very natural sounding taper. The new Dimarzio feels and responds just like the other (much older) pots in the guitar. I was impressed!
The CTS-built Dimarzio pot here is an excellent buy. Compare with the CTS-built Gibson 500k pot . Notice the CTS-stamped baseplate on the Gibson. The Dimarzio pot is stamped exactly like this. The Dimarzio name, pot value, and datecode are stamped on the back. Again, the Dimarzio pot is a premium vintage style CTS pot that looks very similar to the Gibson pot.
So, don't get upset that the pot you get doesn't look like the picture. Be thankful that it says Dimarzio and CTS.
Top edge of the brass shaft (at the splines) could use a bit of a taper instead of being flat. Some knobs will go on a little easier.

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Good until you try to put knobs back on - then they break!

I got these to replace pots in a bass guitar. Wiring them up was ok. However the metal in the studs is very brittle and cheaply made. When putting knobs back on the...Read complete review

I got these to replace pots in a bass guitar. Wiring them up was ok. However the metal in the studs is very brittle and cheaply made. When putting knobs back on the guitar both of the studs broke! I've never had this happen with any other pots.

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(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

What you get is better than what you see...

By Robert Gontarz

from AZ

Comments about DiMarzio 500K Custom Taper Split Shaft Pot:

The pot in the picture is not what you get. The pot shown is an older Dimarzio pot made by CGE. CGE is no longer in business. Check out your favorite forums regarding CGE pots.
What you receive instead is a CTS pot vintage style pot (dishback) with gold shaft and gold bushing. The Dimarzio p/n is EP1201 and it is an excellent pot. I bought 3 of these and I have one installed in my Gibson '79 ES-347. The new Dimarzio pot serves as the tone pot for my bridge pickup. The other 3 pots in the guitar are original Dimarzio 500K. Rotation is very smooth with very low rotational resistance and a very natural sounding taper. The new Dimarzio feels and responds just like the other (much older) pots in the guitar. I was impressed!
The CTS-built Dimarzio pot here is an excellent buy. Compare with the CTS-built Gibson 500k pot . Notice the CTS-stamped baseplate on the Gibson. The Dimarzio pot is stamped exactly like this. The Dimarzio name, pot value, and datecode are stamped on the back. Again, the Dimarzio pot is a premium vintage style CTS pot that looks very similar to the Gibson pot.
So, don't get upset that the pot you get doesn't look like the picture. Be thankful that it says Dimarzio and CTS.
Top edge of the brass shaft (at the splines) could use a bit of a taper instead of being flat. Some knobs will go on a little easier.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

They work just fine .....

By A Scott

from Tulsa OK

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Comments about DiMarzio 500K Custom Taper Split Shaft Pot:

I used two of these for volume and tone pots in an Epiphone Les Paul Jr. Mated up with a .022 Mojotone Vitiman T and a Semore Duncan Phat Cat SPH90-1B, these pots sound great.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Good until you try to put knobs back on - then they break!

By Hunter

from Northeast Missouri

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    • Poor Quality

    Best Uses

      Comments about DiMarzio 500K Custom Taper Split Shaft Pot:

      I got these to replace pots in a bass guitar. Wiring them up was ok. However the metal in the studs is very brittle and cheaply made. When putting knobs back on the guitar both of the studs broke! I've never had this happen with any other pots.

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Dimarzio / CTS Pot Only the best will do

      By Bob

      from Bob Town

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      Comments about DiMarzio 500K Custom Taper Split Shaft Pot:

      The best you can get...with the free shipping this can't be beat !
      Simply the BEST pot out there...
      the 2 main points of this pot have not been mentioned...

      1) Custom taper is a nice slow curve getting louder as opposed to a LINEAR POT

      2) The brass shaft is nice...ITS VERY QUIET !
      Noise Free and smooth, THAT is why its so quiet.

      This IS the best value, thanks Musicians Friend !

      ARay (soloartist)
      Best Value
      With the FREE SHIPPING this price can't be beat !

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Upgrade!

      By Unnamed User-wYXK3

      from New Delhi, India

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      Comments about DiMarzio 500K Custom Taper Split Shaft Pot:

      I used 3 of these on my Epiphone Explorer and love what they have done for the guitar. Very smooth action and complete cut off at zero. Just a note: the shafts were quite long for the Explorer and the knobs now sit a little off the body.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Good upgrade

      By Brian

      from Garland, Utah

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      Pros

      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

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          Comments about DiMarzio 500K Custom Taper Split Shaft Pot:

          These pots improved my tone by more than I imagined. Would certainly recommend if you're thinking of doing some work to customize or upgrade your sound.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Seems like a pretty good pot but...

          By Jimmie

          from MN

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          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

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              Comments about DiMarzio 500K Custom Taper Split Shaft Pot:

              The pot seems pretty good but I will have to uninstall as I do not wish to drill bigger holes for the shaft to fit in my Epi LP... Oh well found a local guy that will trade me some that will work lol just wanted others to know that they are a bit wider. This may be well known but was my first time and was unaware and hope to help.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Fenderman

              By Fenderman-E2gJC

              from Northern Wisconsin

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              Comments about DiMarzio 500K Custom Taper Split Shaft Pot:

              I used these pots along with other parts (new wiring, 5-way switches and switchcraft jacks to upgrade 2 less expensive guitars. These pots are smooth as silk and rolloff is nice and even. You can make a so-so guitar a really nice player with minimal investment and these pots should be a major part of any upgrade.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Really Fantastic Pot!

              By Thundercrafter

              from Georgia

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              Comments about DiMarzio 500K Custom Taper Split Shaft Pot:

              This is one of the best 500k pots I've ever used! It's comfortable to use, you can't feel much friction at all. The brass shaft is a nice touch. It's noise free, sturdy, well constructed, and it even looks cool. You can use these for anything, really. Tone, volume, distortion, even coil taps - this pot is well balanced for any application.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              DiMarzio 500k pots

              By Philoshive

              from WA

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              Comments about DiMarzio 500K Custom Taper Split Shaft Pot:

              The reason my overall rating is 8 is that there is modification involved. As another review I read stated these pot are bigger. The Stem and Mounting column both are a larger diameter. You might need to increase the mounting holes for these pots in your guitar or finger board to mount them and your knobs will also need to be replaced or modifyed. I preformed this myself with a file for the holes and drilled the knobs (mine were the knurled metal type). I new I,d have to do this because of the review I,d read and was OK with it because bigger is heavier duty. Thanx to the guy that wrote that review though I like knowing what I,m getting into and highly regard these product reviews. These are some great pots though. Me like EM!!
              These are low friction 500k pots, Made of Brass and steel housings
              Smooth operation, No noise, a great upgrade from what was in my guitar
              I recomend them if your looking for an upgrade from cheap feeling pot metal and aluninum pots that are sloppy or producing noise

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Awesome product!

              By Bunzi1964

              from Conneticut

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              Comments about DiMarzio 500K Custom Taper Split Shaft Pot:

              Bought 2 for my custom project, wired to two high quality double coil pickups. These pots are nice and smooth and respond well,no noise at all, couldn't be better, I highly recomend these!

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Cheap brittle metal breaks when putting on knobs

              By Hunter

              from Northeast Missouri

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              Pros

                Cons

                • Poor Quality

                Best Uses

                • none

                Comments about DiMarzio 500K Custom Taper Split Shaft Pot:

                Bought these pots to replace those in a bass. Wiring them up went fine and straight forward. However, when it came time to put knobs back on the guitar they both broke. They have the typical split but do NOT flex or give at all. The same knobs go on numerous other guitars and pots easily so they were not a weird size. Very disappointed that DiMarzio would put their name on such a low quality item. If you are looking to replace pots keep looking.

                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Good but wrong size

                By Shaznackle

                from AZ

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                Comments about DiMarzio 500K Custom Taper Split Shaft Pot:

                It's a good pot but had to drill hole bigger and my head or knob did not fit so u may want one that will fit with no extra work required.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Better than Fender

                By Bill K

                from SE U.S.

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                • Easy To Use
                • Functional
                • Good Quality

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                    Comments about DiMarzio 500K Custom Taper Split Shaft Pot:

                    Had to replace the volume pot in my strat. First used a Fender. Very hard to turn. This was much smoother and a nice taper. I used this with Fender Vintage Noiseless pickups, which is the reason for the 500 meg pot - wanted a nice amount of highs to get through, and I understand with these pickups, 500 meg is a good range. Watch out, you may have to replace knobs - I did. This meant I had to change the other two pots, so all the knobs would match! My strat was in pieces on the bench for a couple weeks.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Pot Review

                    By Stratdog

                    from Baytown, TX

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                    Pros

                    • Close To Rated Resistance

                    Cons

                    • Poor Quality
                    • Taper

                    Best Uses

                    • Paper Weight

                    Comments about DiMarzio 500K Custom Taper Split Shaft Pot:

                    Bought these because they are advertised to have a more useful taper than other similar pots. Not for me, the roll off is too fast from full resistance. Maybe the first 20% of rotation removes 80% of the resistance. Whatever, huh?
                    Worse than that, the shafts (both) are a bit undersized for the casing hole and rattle or buzz on some notes. They are in a very resonant semi-hollow and actually rattle a bit if you shake the guitar. These look like they are CTS pots, just branded for Dimarzio. Well, I've been using CTS pots forever and this is the first time I've run across this problem. Won't buy them again!

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great pots!

                    By Jeff

                    from NJ

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                    • Easy To Use
                    • Functional
                    • Good Quality
                    • Improves Sound

                    Cons

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                        Comments about DiMarzio 500K Custom Taper Split Shaft Pot:

                        These are great replacement pots. They are custom-made by CTS to DiMarzio's specs. Nice components: brass shafts, 3-part carbon-track taper (most pots have 2), retainer clip so you don't push through the back off the pot when putting on a difficult knob and they turn easily. They are nice inside, too. I've taken some apart to turn them into no-load pots (although it took me a while to get that dang retainer clip off!)

                        NOTE: They are the same size as standard CTS pots. You will NOT need to enlarge any holes/cavities if you are replacing MADE IN USA parts. You will only need to enlarge holes if you are replacing metric IMPORT parts.

                        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Good pot

                        By Corey Dunahugh

                        from Hagerstown MD

                        Comments about DiMarzio 500K Custom Taper Split Shaft Pot:

                        Overall this is a good pot.
                        This pot works for just about any guitar have used several in projects to upgrade stock pots.
                        Pretty solid build dont feel like it will break anytime soon.
                        For the price it is a good product, not as smooth as the evh pots but are decent upgrades.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Super smoove pot!!

                        By Claire' s Well

                        from Woodbridge,NJ

                        Comments about DiMarzio 500K Custom Taper Split Shaft Pot:

                        Even though this one's a little pricey, it's worth it. It's got a super smooth spin to it and that's what I like. During quick pick-up changes/volume swell maneuvers, I don't want a pot I gotta fight with. It also has a nice GRADUAL taper. None of that no signal all the way down, then half-signal at position "1". I got some ALL PARTS pots previously and after I was done soldering them in, I had wished I just left in the original ones. I was not let down at all by the DiMarzio. If you're into the whole VH "Cathedral"-type of swell moves, this is the pot to get! I'm writing this cause I saw the link to do so and I'm about to buy another one! Tip:don't inhale the smoking solder or flux, you'll get dain bramage. And have fun, that's important. Remember what Viv Savage says, "Have a good time all the time".

                         
                        5.0

                        Awesome pots

                        By LB

                        from IL

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                        • Easy To Use
                        • Functional
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                            Comments about DiMarzio 500K Custom Taper Split Shaft Pot:

                            They do what they are supposed to do. I get great tone out of em

                             
                            5.0

                            Like an Old Hippie Said, "Best Pott Money Can Buy" Lol

                            By Deltason

                            from 49th Worst State

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                            • Easy To Use
                            • Functional
                            • Good Quality
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                              • Backup
                              • Concerts
                              • Practicing

                              Comments about DiMarzio 500K Custom Taper Split Shaft Pot:

                              I put those in a 1960 Gibson Melody Maker restoration project. They did the job! Dead quite in a single coil guitar.

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