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DiMarzio 500K Push-Pull Pot 

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500 kOhm potentiometer with push/pull switch. Audio taper, knurled split--long shaft. This guitar pot works for coil-tap or phase wiring options....Click To Read More About This Product

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500 kOhm potentiometer with push/pull switch. Audio taper, knurled split--long shaft. This guitar pot works for coil-tap or phase wiring options.


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DiMarzio500K Push-Pull Pot
 
4.0

(based on 24 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (7)
  • Functional (7)
  • Good quality (7)
  • Improves sound (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (4)
  • Practicing (4)
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    • Experienced (8)

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Poor design and construction

These pots aren't very well designed. The taper wasn't smooth, and the push-pull mechanism is made of PLASTIC. When you put a hot iron near these things, plastic parts can be an...Read complete review

These pots aren't very well designed. The taper wasn't smooth, and the push-pull mechanism is made of PLASTIC. When you put a hot iron near these things, plastic parts can be an issue. I ordered 2 of these and both mechanisms melted shut when trying to solder a ground wire to the body of the pot. I purchased an Allparts push-pull with a METAL mechanism and it works flawlessly. If you're considering these, look elsewhere.

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(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Don't solder that pot, man

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about DiMarzio 500K Push-Pull Pot:

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.

(6 of 6 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?

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Don't believe the hype

By tangent

from Houston, TX

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Comments about DiMarzio 500K Push-Pull Pot:

I use these pots in several guitars (both 250k and 500k) and I can assure you they are of great quality.All of the negative reviews here are from people who couldn't figure out how to solder onto the body. The metal is coated in a film that solder will not stick to, you can easily use sandpaper to remove the film and then solder will stick to it. Probably 85-90% of pots you can buy on the market these days have this kind of coating.One of the reasons they put that coating on them these days is because soldering to the body is a bad practice which can lead to ground loops and interference problems among other things. Despite that fact, many guitar companies still do it, even on their high end guitars.. because it saves a few minutes over creating a separately grounded junction. (It is often possible to significantly reduce the amount of hum/noise on single coil guitars simply by rewiring the electronics using better practices)

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Every humbucker guitar should have those !!!

By Dan

from Canada

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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.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Dependable Quality

By firebird420

from Michigan

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Comments about DiMarzio 500K Push-Pull Pot:

I have used the 500k and 250k on several guitars that I rebuilt, and ordering always took the guesswork out of getting the right pot. Dimarzio always selects the better quality part even though the manufactures change from time to time. A pot that I have had in a guitar for years is still doing just a fine as the day I put it in. I just wanted to pump up the reviews on this item because it's rating looks aparently horrible just because people don't know how to prep and solder.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Works great - second one I've purchased

By clark

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.

(4 of 4 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.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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

    Cons

      Best Uses

        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.

        (3 of 3 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

        Best Uses

          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.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Item; pot enclosure CAN be solder

          By Wayne

          from Texas

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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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