Pots for SE Tremonti Custom?

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  1. Opunaesala

    Opunaesala New Member

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    I have a 2018 PRS SE Tremonti Custom (which I love) that I plan to slowly upgrade to be closer to its American counterpart. So far I have installed locking tuners and the core PRS nut on it. Next up in about a month or so I will be installing the Tremonti Signature pickups (well, my shop will do the installing). It strikes me that upgrading the pots at the same time might not be a bad idea.

    I've heard good things about CTS pots, but I don't really know much about pots in general, except that I am looking for 500k ones. Does anyone have recommendations for which CTS pots or other brand would be a good fit? What about a capacitor?

    Thanks in advance for any help for this electronics noob!
     
  2. Eddie kim

    Eddie kim New Member

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    Why not the tremonti core pots?
     
  3. Opunaesala

    Opunaesala New Member

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  4. garrett

    garrett knows just enough to be dangerous

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    I like the PRS branded pots for volume. They are made by CTS. Compared to standard CTS pots they turn very easily and smoothly.
     
  5. Sillyak

    Sillyak New Member

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    There are several makers of pre wired kits that include pots, switch, jack, caps ect.

    I would either buy one of those or the components themselves and just upgrade everything in one go.
     
  6. Eddie kim

    Eddie kim New Member

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    Call prs store or customer service. They can tell you the exact parts your looking for.
     
  7. Opunaesala

    Opunaesala New Member

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    A couple things you need to remember, when upgrading the pots in an SE:

    1. The original SE pots have a narrow shaft, so you'll need to ream-out the holes to accomadate the CTS (or any American) pots. DO NOT use a drill to make the holes bigger, as this has potential to crack/chip the clear coat on the guitar. Use a proper reamer, they're fairly inexpensive. https://reverb.com/ca/item/5827822-luthier-tool-guitar-reamer-enlarge-holes-for-3-8-american-pots

    2. The original knobs on the SE are also too small, and won't fit on the new pots. You'll need to get a new set of knobs, with a larger spline diameter, when you upgrade the pots. I used PRS core lampshade knobs. https://reverb.com/item/9558177-prs-spare-513-knobs-clear-black-acc-4246

    I referred to Reverb, in the above postings (which is where I bought the Pot Kit from). But I actually bought all my other parts from John Mann (Guitar Vault): https://store.guitarvaultusa.com/Guitar_Parts_s/7012.htm
     
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    Opunaesala New Member

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    I saw that in the Reverb post, but I'll make sure my shop can do it all before I order anything. Thanks for the additional info!
     
  10. Mark Ray

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    Excellent post/info! I just went through this entire process with 2 guitars (non-PRS, name starts with "Z"). These were both from their Korean shop, thus all the same changes due to shaft size, knobs, the whole bit. Definitely worth the investment!
     
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    I added a push-pull tone knob to my SE Singlecut and didn't want to route the holes, so I used the drop-in Alpha pots from StewMac. Alpha is pretty standard on most Korean guitars. That said, the resistance on a 500KOhm Alpha can certainly vary (could end up with a 400K pot) as the QC is a bit lower - CTS or the PRS USA will definitely be more stringent in this regard, but you will have to route.
     
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