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250K-ohm

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Alpha Blend Pots

About This Item

Our unique linear-taper pots control the signal mix from two pickups or sources, panning from one source to another, with both signals full at the center detent.

250K vs. 500K
Generally, 500K-ohm pots are used with humbuckers and 250Ks are used with single-coil pickups. You can use any value you like, but a 250K will give a slightly warmer tone than a 500K pot. The 250K pot bleeds off (attenuates) some of the high frequencies to ground.

Shaft diameter 6mm split shaft, coarse knurling
Thread M7 x 0.75
Threaded portion 3/8" (9.52mm)
Required mounting hole diameter    9/32" (7.14mm)
Flat washer and two mounting nuts included

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Instructions

Product Instructions

Blend Pot Wiring

An explanation of various wiring options with a blend pot.

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5.0

it blend.

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blender. :)

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Average

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saw better

3.0

good price,need more wiring examples

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Still working on it.

4.0

yes but no

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great potentiometer, effectively completed my PRS inspired electric guitar. its difficult to wire though because the terminals are all very huddled together and that got very frustrating after a little but oh well

5.0

Excellent

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Smooth operation and nicely built.

5.0

just what I needed

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This blender pot gave me exactly what I wanted in the bass I built custom pickups for...no messing with two volume knobs when getting the blend of neck and bridge pickups just right..my alnico 2 neck and alnico 5 bridge gives just the right amount of character for that slap sound when blended right...makes an entry level bass so like a big boy, while giving more normal sounding mixes for either pickup alone as well.

5.0

awesome blend pots

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I used two of these on one guitar with 3 pickups. The front blend pot controls the mix of the neck and middle pickups and the back blend pot controls the mix of whatever you chose from the first blend pot and the bridge pickup. This is way better than having a standard 5 way selector switch.

Not only can you choose exactly which pickup(s) you want to use, you can add just a touch of another pickup to the sound. For instance, if I am playing high gain distortion parts, I typically use mainly the bridge pickup for the clarity and I will add just a touch of the neck pickup to fatten it up and give it a little more bass.

I much prefer this method over having volume pots for every pickup. There is a difference in the audio sweep than a standard volume pot though. It makes sharper moves from channel to channel at the center from the divot and then becomes more subtle toward the ends of the travel of the pot. It is more like a curve than a more linear sounding volume pot. At first I didn't like it but once I go used to the feel of it I wasn't so disturbed by it.

After playing my guitar I even have a couple friends that are modding their guitars with blend pots and getting rid of the pickup selector switches. Switches are faster, but if you are a real tone junkie you will prefer having blend pots.

They didn't have a wiring diagram that came with them but I found one here on Stew Mac. It was kind of a pain wiring 2 of these in one guitar but I didn't have any problems with it and it worked properly after following Stew Mac's directions.

5.0

Blend Pots

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Resurrecting a 63 Melody Maker for the forth time in its lifetime.

This time instead of the LP lay out,I went with master vol,master tone and a blend pot.Works great and cleans things up.

Thank You SM
Steven Koerner

4.0

Nice pot

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like to wire this pot as a two volume, two pickup bleed to mono jack. If you have a wiring diagram link please post it below. Thanks.

4.0

Good piece!

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These pots are good quality and resist to time!!!

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