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Gibson Historic 500K Audio Taper Potentiometer   

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Straight from Gibson Guitar's Historic Re-issue guitars come Gibson's new Historic Spec series-parts that have been specially designed to replicate t...Read More

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Replicates the original down to every last detail!

Straight from Gibson Guitar's Historic Re-issue guitars come Gibson's new Historic Spec series-parts that have been specially designed to replicate the original parts used by Gibson in the late 1950s.

This Historic Potentiometer has been designed to be more vintage-accurate than any other potentiometer on the market today. With a dynamic sweep from 1 to 10, you'll notice the difference. For anyone who's ever said, "They don't make 'em like they used to," here's some proof to the contrary.


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GibsonHistoric 500K Audio Taper Potentiometer
 
4.3

(based on 7 reviews)

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  • Good quality (4)
  • Improves sound (4)
  • Functional (3)

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5.0

Excellent pots

By Terry

from Bonita Springs, Fl

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • performing live

    Comments about Gibson Historic 500K Audio Taper Potentiometer:

    Purchased a volume and tone pot when I upgraded to a Gibson 57 Classic pickup in my arch top. Very high quality pots that sound terrific, feel quality and were easy to install. Just note as others have reviewed on here, the volume really drops off between 10 and 8. There seems to be a sweet spot for my guitar anyway, right around 9. When used as a tone control you'll find it much wider in options than your stock unit that you're replacing. Smooth quiet operation.

     
    5.0

    Great 500K pot!

    By Paolo

    from St Pete FLA (sunshine!)

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    Comments about Gibson Historic 500K Audio Taper Potentiometer:

    Great 500K pot. Fantastic tonal rage especially on the treble end!

    (1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The One To Get For Your Guitar.

    By R.B.O.A

    from Texas

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    Pros

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

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        Comments about Gibson Historic 500K Audio Taper Potentiometer:

        Be careful with your soldering.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Nice quality pot

        By ratsnotmice

        from Mena, AR

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        Pros

        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound

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          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about Gibson Historic 500K Audio Taper Potentiometer:

          Noticed immediate improvment in sound, I like the taper and construction.

          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          historic gibson pots

          By Brain

          from Tucson, AZ

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          • Functional
          • Good Quality
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              Comments about Gibson Historic 500K Audio Taper Potentiometer:

              I put two of these in a gibson SG classic, volume positions, that I also put seymoure duncan stacked p90 pickups in. I changed the tone pots with fender 500 ohm replacements. Wired to SD spec they work well and the short shaft is correct size. Being used to regular pots, these are a little strange since they turn down fast. 10 to 8 is a big difference and below 5 is really low volume. I am getting better sound than with the original 300 ohm pots that were stock.

              (12 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Beautiful "Centralab" Taper

              By William Walker

              from Undisclosed

              Comments about Gibson Historic 500K Audio Taper Potentiometer:

              For the price, these are great pots. If you own an older Historic, you will notice a HUGE difference in how your guitar sounds and feels. For the price, for a set of four, you can't go wrong.
              Gibson really outdid themselves on this. For years, all the boutique parts companies have been touting their "improved" Audio Taper pots made by CTS, who are basically one of only a handful of companies left making pots like these. BUT, and this is a big but, no one ever got the taper or the feel of the pot correct. These new pots were always a hybrid taper that endeavored to combine a linear and audio taper. Well, I'm sure they succeded, but they didn't work like the old ones. The old ones had an 80:20 ratio in what's known as a "straight-line" audio taper. This means that you get 80% of the volume in the first 20% of the rotation. A staight line drop off right at 8 on the knob. This allowed you to clean up your tone with a tiny twist of your knob and still have plenty of volume for a great clean tone. None of this turning down to 2 before anything happened. Why didn't any of these boutique people do it the right way? Because CTS wanted a PILE of money to retool to do it. Yielding to overwhelming pressure, Gibson forked over the cash and had CTS duplicate that old Centralab taper. They also had them use the lowest friction setting on the shaft, so these turn really easily and will get even more loose over time--just like the old ones. Great job Gibson!

              (9 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Gibson HIts Home Run with these Historic Pots

              By daveintexas

              from Texas where else

              Comments about Gibson Historic 500K Audio Taper Potentiometer:

              These are the BEST POTs Ive been able to find on the market. They are heavy duty parts and they can stand up to three four five modifications and not loose their 0-500 capablities....ALSO, most of these are tested to be OVER 500k....up to 525!!!!!!

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