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    Default Pots with low turning force - any codes or brands to look for?

    I am not so fond of the heavy force to use on Gibson pots.
    Fender and Squier usually are better in this sense, at least on ones I have/had.

    Are there any special codes, or brands or something that tells about turning force?

    Just so much simpler to do volume swells etc. with low force pots.
    But rather rare to even mention this in specs on retailers I saw.
    Usually some measures and log or not etc.

    Thanks

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    Default Re: Pots with low turning force - any codes or brands to look for?

    EVH and Duncan YJM low friction pots are the only ones I’ve ever heard of designed to spin easier.
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    Perfect, thanks.

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    Default Re: Pots with low turning force - any codes or brands to look for?

    Bourns PDA24 series has standard & high torque variants. I'm guessing rest of their has an option too. Check their data sheets it's mentioned there if it's available.

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    Default Re: Pots with low turning force - any codes or brands to look for?

    Nice, thanks.

    But got an idea from Duncan site, and Yngwie speed pots, talking about low viscosity lubricant.
    I modified a video camera stand head once, that were too heavy so the stand would go with turning it.
    I rinsed it with resolvants to ease the motion, worked really well.

    I thought pots had some other arrangement for how much turning force was needed.

    I wonder if this couldn't be done to any Gibson pot, spray some resolvant in there to ease it.
    Removing from guitar of course to reach axis without damaging finish of guitar.
    Then I won't have to see to which thread length I need for a Les Paul with an extra metal plate below top.

    Anybody tried this?
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    Default Re: Pots with low turning force - any codes or brands to look for?

    I use the YJM Speed Pots for volume and tone. Before they came out, I went through batches of pots to find the ones that turned easily.
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    Default Re: Pots with low turning force - any codes or brands to look for?

    This is good info. I lucked upon two vintage guitars thappened to have super low friction pots in them and now there's no way I can go back to anything slower.

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