1 on linear pots = 10% = A gradual increase in volume. 1 on Auidio pots = 0% = As you go higher it increases the volume exponentially which will shape the characteristics of your pickups. Audio pots: 7 = Clean 8,9,10 = Dirtier and dirtier. Linear pots: 1 = Clean 10 = Louder clean The reason people desire AUDIO volume knobs is because they affect the character of your pickups as it gets exponentially louder. So linear only changes the volume and not the character of your pickup. So logic says you put linear on your tone for a wider range and Audio on your volume to shape the character of your pickups. From hoaglandscustom.com An AUDIO taper pot increases the signal from your guitar to your amp in a logarithmic (exponential) fashion. Simply explained, “1”, “2”, or “3” on the volume knob will produce little, if any, signal but once you get past “3” or so, the volume will ramp up a LOT. Past “8” or so there will be very little volume increase. An audio taper volume control is used on you car radio. You will notice that when you turn on the radio you have to rotate the knob to the right quite a bit before you get any volume. And past “7” or “8” on the radio volume knob, it doesn’t really increase your volume anymore. It causes your signal to clip. A LINEAR taper pot increases the signal in a linear fashion. (“1” on your control is equal to 10%, “4” is equal to 40% and so forth) This works very different from an audio taper volume pot. For those looking for a smooth, predictable transition to volume, a linear taper pot will probably work best for you.