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DiMarzio 500K Custom Taper Split Shaft Pot 

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DiMarzio Custom Taper Split Shaft Pot is rated at 500KOhm. Mounting hardware included by DiMarzio to make installing this potentiometer a snap. Get t...Click To Read More About This Product

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DiMarzio500K Custom Taper Split Shaft Pot
 
4.3

(based on 32 reviews)

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    (23)

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    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

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79%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (14)
  • Functional (11)
  • Improves sound (10)
  • Easy to use (9)

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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(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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    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.

    (2 of 2 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

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        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.

         
        5.0

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

        By Deltason

        from Somewhere In Mississippi

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • 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.

          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          No I would not buy this product again, EVER!!!!!

          By Ise

          from Fort Myers, Florida

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            • Not Functional
            • Poor Quality

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              Comments about DiMarzio 500K Custom Taper Split Shaft Pot:

              The darn thing broke while I was trying to install it. Good thing it did since I would not have gotten the sound I was looking for from adding the Seymour Duncan Hotrail to my Strat.

               
              5.0

              I would buy this again.

              By none

              from Manchester , Ohio

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              Comments about 500K Custom Taper Split Shaft Pot:

              I changed all of the electronics in my Guitars.

              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Good but wrong size

              By Wayne

              from Arizona

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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 Atlanta

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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.

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Good upgrade

                  By Brian

                  from Garland, Utah

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                  • Functional
                  • Good Quality
                  • Improves Sound

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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.

                       
                      5.0

                      Extremely happy with the resulting sound

                      By Willsey

                      from The land of Oz

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                      • Good Quality
                      • Improves Sound

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                          Comments about DiMarzio 500K Custom Taper Split Shaft Pot:

                          I recently bought 500k CTS dishbacks and the one I wanted to use for volume came in at 409k. That's a long way out of tolerance in my opinion, so I went and picked up one of these from the local guitar store. These Dimarzios have CTS stamped on them in very tiny letters just near the tangs.

                          Strangely, the CTS pot had an armature made of alum alloy or similar, while the Dimarzio version features a lot more visible brass. The Dimarzio measured 550k. Quite a difference between the two but soundwise I couldn't tell any difference really. You might if you did some really careful recording of the two then compared them.

                          However, I was really pleased with the sound of both. My Partscaster sounds absolutely amazing with all the new electrics. It's hard to believe it's the same guitar soundwise. And compared to my US Fender Lonestar, well, I've stopped playing that at the mo until I get around to ripping all the electrics out of it and replacing them same as this one. That said tho, I did a total upgrade of the Partscaster's electrics and it's got this fantastic sound which I call 'wire and wood'.

                          Get a 'no load' if you want a tone control.

                           
                          5.0

                          Works great

                          By Dewey

                          from Muskegon Michigan

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                          • Functional
                          • Good Quality
                          • Improves Sound

                          Cons

                          • None

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                            Comments about DiMarzio 500K Custom Taper Split Shaft Pot:

                            I had to drill the hole in the guitar out a little bigger to get it in but it works great.

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