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      DiMarzio500K Push-Pull Pot
       
      4.1

      (based on 17 reviews)

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      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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      • Easy to use (5)
      • Functional (5)
      • Good quality (5)

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          Most Liked Positive Review

           

          Don't solder that pot, man

          No need to solder on the body of that pot. Take a look at the end of the six pin switch, there is a small blade that a 1/4 inch female slip connector...Read complete review

          No need to solder on the body of that pot. Take a look at the end of the six pin switch, there is a small blade that a 1/4 inch female slip connector fits on nicely. I soldered all my grounds together along with a single lead out with one of these connector attached to it. I cleaned the tab with a dremmel tool with a fine wheel, (can you say shiney?) and slipped it on. For those of you who want them soldered onto the body of the pot, it must also be heated to several hundred deg. for the solder to stick. Just sanding and dropping a blob of solder on the pot won't work you have to heat it up also, possibly damaging the pot.

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          no good

          i bought this to replace the stock pot in my cheap schecter. i really dislike this product. the metal on this thing is covered w/ something so its imposible to ground a wire...Read complete review

          i bought this to replace the stock pot in my cheap schecter. i really dislike this product. the metal on this thing is covered w/ something so its imposible to ground a wire against it. i tried using a special soldering paste, i tried sanding the surface, i tried using other solder, it still did not solder and just came off, really frustrating. when i did manage to tape the ground, and plugged the guitar in, i really didnt hear a difference from my old pot (but then again its not really ment to improve your sound)--- plus it doesnt turn as smoothly as my stock pot, way to sensative and fast. overall, i dislike this pot and will look elsewhere for my next one.

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          5.0

          Works great - second one I've purchased

          By diyalot

          from Portland, OR

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          Pros

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

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Diy Guitar Upgrade

          Comments about DiMarzio 500K Push-Pull Pot:

          Second push/pull pot I've used from DiMarzio in about two months. Both work great. People need to google how to solder and learn to rough up the metal with sandpaper, etc. Push pull and rotation are excellent.

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          5.0

          Exactly what I needed

          By FTIAH

          from NA MA

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound
          • Multi-functional

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              Comments about DiMarzio 500K Push-Pull Pot:

              To state it simply,, if you know what your doing this pot will work perfectly. I got two to replace the stock pots on my ibanez RG7321 7-string as well as have some parallel/series and coil tapping control. The guitar came with a stock 5-way switch which I felt limited my tonal options after I got two nice Dimarzio humbuckers. Not only do I have more tonal combinations but I am surprised at how good my guitar sounds now. Much more clarity, control and absolutely NO BUZING! The pots also have just the right amount of resistive torque to them making them some of the most comfortable and easy to control pots I've had experience with. As for the grounding issues people seemed to be having with soldering the grounds to the back of the pot, if you sand it down or find some way to make those wires stick, it will work exactly how you want it to. I highly recommend this to anyone looking to expand and improve on their sound.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Nice Pots

              By Drummer58

              from Port Washington, WI

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Functional
              • Good Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about DiMarzio 500K Push-Pull Pot:

                Like one customer has already mentioned, there is a tab on the bottom of the pot for a 1/4 inch slip on. That being said, as a professional welder, almost all metal, no matter what the use has some kind of anti-oxidant coating. You simply need to remove this coating whether you solder, or use the slip-on method. I used the slip-on method, then soldered(We welders call it a tack)a small amount to the connector so the slip on would not come loose. This will allow you to crimp all your grounds to the slip on.

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Solid

                By DLM

                from Boise, ID

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Functional
                • Good Quality

                Cons

                • Hard To Solder Ground

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                  Comments about DiMarzio 500K Push-Pull Pot:

                  I bought a pair of these pots to coil split a new set of Suhr Aldrich pickups I put into my Schecter C-1 FR, replacing both volume knobs with these pots so the pickups could be split individually. These pots are solidly constructed and the push-pull shaft feels solid and like it's constructed to give years of trouble free use.

                  The only problem I had with this pot is that the solder for the ground wires just wouldn't stick. This was overcome by scratching the metal with a tool before soldering. This allowed the solder to stick just fine. Just be aware that you'll need to do that before soldering the grounds so you don't end up with a mess.

                  All in all, a very solid product. I've bought an extra one to replace a broken push-pull pot in a Schecter Gryphon as well.

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Item; pot enclosure CAN be solder

                  By DingoPepper

                  from Trinity, TX

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Functional
                  • Good Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Concerts
                    • Pickup Switching and Pot
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about DiMarzio 500K Push-Pull Pot:

                    I've had no problems with these ever, and have installed them on several guitars.

                    However,the pot enclosure is probably brass and can be hard to solder too (I've seen this with other pots as well). In my experience, I have used a pocket knife, nail file, or something similar to scrape away the top layer of plating in the pot enclosure; only then will it accept solder. This is not unique to this item, it's very common.

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                    (1 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Epi Les Paul

                    By Jeff Whitlock

                    from Colorado

                    Comments about DiMarzio 500K Push-Pull Pot:

                    The shafts are a little narrower and longer than the standard pots. Knobs stand up a little higher. Functionally work fine.

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                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great Pot,smooth operation,easy to solder.

                    By Shannon Subbert

                    from Minnesota

                    Comments about DiMarzio 500K Push-Pull Pot:

                    Great product,smooth,nice taper,quiet operation.

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                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Every humbucker guitar should have those !!!

                    By Dan

                    from Canada

                    Comments about DiMarzio 500K Push-Pull Pot:

                    I installed them on my Epiphone Les Paul with DiMarzio pickups. Of course, you need pickups that have 4 wires in the first place before you can install those push-pull pots. Most (if not all) of DiMarzio pickups have 4 wires.

                    I used a wiring plan from the DiMarzio web site. They have plenty of wiring plans - pick the right one for your need. It's quite easy to do the wiring. I am really not a pro in electronics but I did it very carefully, one pickup at a time and it worked right away. It took me 4 hours to change my 4 pots, including setup, doing the wiring, testing, cleaning up.

                    My Epi is now a great guitar :-) I don't think I will ever think of buying a Gibson anymore after my two pickup upgrades and adding 2 push-pull pots on the volumes.

                    I don't need to bring both my Les Paul and my Strat anymore to band practices - all I need is my upgraded Les Paul: I pull the pot to get a strat-like sound from my neck pickup (a DiMarzio "Humbucker from Hell") and it does sound great, very close to what you get on a Strat: it's very bright (but obviously it's not noiseless like my Lace Sensor pickups on my Strat), a bit thicker, a bit more gain and more sustain than a Strat but all of that depends on which pickups you've got and what kind of guitar/wood you've got...

                    Conclusion: do it. Now. Even Jimmy Page did it 40 years ago and I think he had some success with this mod ;-)
                    Works as advertised.
                    Great so far.
                    Your guitar value will increase, firslty to your ears, secondly, if you ever want to resell it, it's a GREAT feature on any humbucker guitar.

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                    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great pot

                    Comments about DiMarzio 500K Push-Pull Pot:

                    I didn't have any problems soldering this pot and it works great. Still works 4 years later.

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                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Pretty Good.

                    By Meh-X-Y6w

                    from Far Far Away!

                    Comments about DiMarzio 500K Push-Pull Pot:

                    As far as the pot, it's great! As for soldering. Use sand paper first and for peets sake get a hot enough iron! About the only Issue I have with the ones I got was the fact that it the threads were much smaller than US Standard Size pots Had to use tape to build up the size so it would fit in my guitar's pot hole! sucks! I hate that but what ya gonna do?

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