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Seymour Duncan Liberator Solderless Potentiometer 500k  

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      Once installed, the Liberator allows for easy, solder-free pickup swaps.

      The Seymour Duncan Liberator Solderless Potentiometer 500k is a solderless pickup change system.

      The volume potentiometer is the tone junction for your guitar's wiring. Swap it out for Liberator and you'll be able to quickly and easily change pickups for new tone, feel, responsiveness, and output.

      Liberator is an integrated quality volume pot and screw-clamp connector that accepts bare or tinned pickup leads for torqued-tight tone better than flimsy spring terminals or less-than-perfect solder connections.

      Technical Details
      With a Liberator installed in place of a volume pot, changing pickups becomes fast, easy, and solder-free, but just as reliable. In fact, it's more reliable than a less-than-perfect solder joint. You simply insert the bare end of each pickup lead into one of Liberator's pickup connector stations and tighten the screw-clamp to lock it down. Turning the screw lifts up a carriage that locks the wire against a fixed pad, securing the connection in place. It's completely simple, and completely solid.

      For experienced guitar techs, Liberator makes pickup changes much faster and simpler, but with the solid, reliable connections of the Lockdown system.

      For those who have never soldered before, Liberator opens up a world of tone exploration. You'll be able to easily explore how different pickups change how your instrument sounds and responds in ways that will inspire your playing and enhance your personal voice.

      Parts of the Liberator
      Liberator is like a studio patch bay, where connections that can be easily but securely exchanged up front correspond to hard-wired connections behind the scenes.

      There are two main parts to the Liberator System: the ten-station pickup connector, and four-station potentiometer connector. The wire colors adjacent to the pickup connector indicate which color wires you should install in each connector station. This is according to Seymour Duncan's wiring scheme for four-conductor humbuckers, but Liberator comes with a color-code guide for easily connecting other manufacturer's pickups.

      The potentiometer connector stations correspond to the three terminals on a potentiometer-in, out, and ground-plus an additional ground for bridges or tremolo systems. For those who prefer to solder, there are optional gold-plated solder pads adjacent to the potentiometer connector, plus seven gold-plated oval solder pads that go to ground. These pads are much easier to solder than the back of a potentiometer.

      Liberator Versions
      Liberator with Volume Pot comes in 250k and 500k versions. (Warmer 250k pots are typically used to tame the brightness of single-coil pickups, while brighter 500k pots are typically used with humbuckers.)


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      Seymour DuncanLiberator Solderless Potentiometer 500k
       
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            4.0

            Handy product!

            By LDub

            from Taylorsville Utah

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            Pros

            • Functional
            • Good Diagrams
            • Good Quality
            • Saves Time
            • Useful

            Cons

            • Soldering Required

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            • Pickup Comparisons
            • Quick Pickup Swaps

            Comments about Seymour Duncan Liberator Solderless Potentiometer 500k:

            I bought this potentiometer to replace my volume in my 7 string in case I wanted to swap out the pickups a little more quickly in the future. I had expected it to be extremely simple and pretty much a plug and go operation. When it arrived I opened it up and realized that it was a little more work than I initially thought but not much. The main thing you have to keep in mind is that there is still a good deal of soldering that will need to be done from your switch and any other tone controls/volumes. I anticipated this in the diagram but it still was a little work. If you have done similar wiring jobs before it won't be a problem and you will see the benefit of doing it once and never having to do it again! The bonus points this pot gets is its dedicated grounds which it has about 8 of (way more than I needed but nice) and also the long lead wires it has on it as well. Just about longer than any cavity size you will ever have. Another thing to consider for some people is that this pot does take up some room. My guitar had a huge electronics cavity so this was no problem but I would not get this for a strat or a smaller routed guitar. I am really overall happy with the quality of the pot and the application now that is installed though. It is a really awesome feature to add to a guitar especially if you are trying to find the right pickup for you. Another shout out to Seymour Duncan as their diagrams were really easy to read on their site and have pretty much every option you would want illustrated really well.

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            4.0

            pretty nifty if you are pickup hunting

            By CharlesTr

            from Richmond Va

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                  Comments about Seymour Duncan Liberator Solderless Potentiometer 500k:

                  I installed this in a custom Strat pickguard with 1 volume and a 3 way switch and it was simple,no problem. There was some easy soldering to install but now pickup swaps are just screw in. If you try to put this in a regular Strat set up I dont know if it would fit,its big with lots of wires.

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                  5.0

                  THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE SD BYOB PICKGUARD

                  By theblackbear

                  from Los Angeles

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

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                      Comments about Seymour Duncan Liberator Solderless Potentiometer 500k:

                      I got this for my "Frankenstrat," a Mexican Squire with a Warmouth neck, to swap out the stock pickups for a set of David Plummer's Zhangbucker Strelle's. The Liberator Potentiometer on the BYOB pickguard is 250K to match the Strat's single coil pickups, and the pots, switch and jack are obvioulsy solid and high quality. Setting up the pickups, jack and ground wires couldn't have been easier, it is literally "plug and play." The only problem I experienced was that the cavity on the Squire is smaller than on a "real" Strat, so I needed to remove some wood. Using a drill and chisel I removed a section of wood 2 1/4" long x 1 1/2" wide x 1/4" deep where the parts that are taller than stock are, and it slid in perfectly. I also had to use a dremel on the slot that touches the neck so it would clear the bridge (but that might be because of the Warmouth), and the screw holes are different on the Squire from a real Strat (but alder is soft enough you can start the screws by just pushing them in). The results? Priceless. Zero hum. Crisp switching. Smooth gain and tone control on the pots. And that tone is unbelievable. My Frankenstrat was born a squire, but now she's a queen.

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                      5.0

                      Huge Money Saver!

                      By Azeem Virani

                      from Wisconsin

                      Comments about Seymour Duncan Liberator Solderless Potentiometer 500k:

                      Aside from the Hot Rails and Full Shred, I never dug any of Seymour's products. The Liberator has been, by far, the greatest piece of musical gear to come out in a long time. Having one installed in a boutique handmade guitar very soon!
                      Once installed, it could not be any easier to use. It is actually a VERY good quality volume pot, as well.
                      I've had my Liberator in my guitar since the first month they were available for purchase and have not had any issues with it.
                      That's the best part! My local guitar shop usually charge 60 dollars for two humbuckers installed in a guitar. I have installed well over 15 pickups in my guitar and have swapped back-and-forth countless times. If I didn't have the Liberator, that would've cost me over 500 dollars in tech fees. Granted, I probably try/swap more pickups than the average guitarist, but for me, it was easily worth 25 bucks. Hell, even if it cost 100 dollars it would still be a steal for me.

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                      (5 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      1.0

                      Let down...

                      By Aaron-GLqiY

                      from Brooklyn, NY

                      Comments about Seymour Duncan Liberator Solderless Potentiometer 500k:

                      I believe seymour duncan makes the best pickups in the USA but I just cant say the same about this product. Yes its true it looks very well built and the idea is great, but its basically too big to put into my strat. My pickguard wouldn't close unless i forced the screws in but i felt like I was crushing the liberator. When I started to play i noticed I get ALOT of hum from my humbucking pickups which i didn't get before when I used a regular potentiometer. I followed the wiring diagrams carefully too. Maybe if your guitar is rear routed this might work for you, but I think ill just stick to regular solder and potentiometers.

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                      1.0

                      Seems like a great product

                      By Anonymous

                      from Undisclosed

                      Comments about Seymour Duncan Liberator Solderless Potentiometer 500k:

                      Until you try to actually install it. Really heavy build, everything made perfect sense, decent enough instructions, but if you have 2 volume knobs and a 5 way selector, you can forget about it. It simply does not fit in anything that isn't nearly bare.Basically, it's money down the drain.

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