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    I decided to try a set of these on my project Strat. Description from their website:

    "Emerson Pro CTS pots from Emerson Custom were designed to be the premium choice for the discerning guitarist looking for the optimum performance and tonal response from a guitar potentiometer. These specially designed Emerson Pro CTS feature a longer-life brass shaft and bushing. They also feature a tighter ą8% resistance tolerance compared to CTS products offered by most other suppliers. Each and every Emerson Pro CTS pot is hand tested to ensure that they meet or exceed our stated tolerances. We take great pride in offering some of the best, most consistent potentiometers on the market today. Emerson Pro CTS pots have a proprietary custom audio taper that was specially designed by Emerson Custom to give you a very smooth and accurate response when you roll up and down on the controls. These pots will give you a much more responsive taper than what you'll get with economy or even standard issue CTS pots. Crank your guitar up to 10 and the volume swells all the way—no abrupt flattening to choke your playing style. Clarity and Precision define this Series of Premium Potentiometers by Emerson Custom."

    I really dig the pot at the volume knob. Not so much on the tone because it is too abrupt - I should have stuck with standard linear taper there. Really nice taper for volume. Pots spin freely with little resistance. Definitely worth a few extra bux.

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    P.S. You can buy from Emerson Custom direct but they are also available at Sweetwater and Stew Mac.
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    Thanks for sharing. When I upgrade I usually go for CTS myself didn't know of the Emerson Pro.
    I recall some Emerson cap... claiming to be the old paper oil ... I'll stick to orange drop for those works plenty well.

    Hate the voodoo magic they try to sell us.

    For what it's worth I also like Bourns pots but I haven't tried them in a guitar yet. Those are really smooth!

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    Vol + tone pots are not something I generally contemplate replacing. If you work the Vol pot like Jeff Beck, it pays to have the best and smoothest pot money can buy. I'd be interested to hear if it actually makes a measurable difference over the stock ones. How is it for those pinkie volume swells?
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    If you do swell or fiddle your gain with volume pots it's an upgrade worth it, if you set everything on 10 and play doesn't matter much. I do swells and the gain fiddle thing to clean up so I usually wear out cheapies and replace when they scratch instead of spray cleaning them at that point it's worth it compare the cost of a CTS pot some strings sell for more than that

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    Bourns were what I had in this Strat first (Mouser carries them). I didn't realize the knobs I bought would not work with solid shafts, so out they went. They were smooth. Regular CTS were next. I wasn't happy with the wiring and treble bleed so I started over again and I like fresh pots, not ones all goobered with solder, thus the Emersons.

    They have significantly less resistance than regular CTS and even less than the Bourns. Freest turning pots I have encountered, no doubt. You can "flick" them and they will spin to the stop if you so desired - they turn that easily.

    I'm not a "swell" guy but I do like to ride the volume to control distortion. I usually set the volume knob at 75% when I adjust pickup height so that is my starting point when I play. This then gives me the option for more or less breakup as needed. The volume taper on these is great: no sudden acceleration or deceleration as you turn the knob.

    Cost is only about $3 more than CTS and less than two sets of strings, so I am happy with the investment.

    If I were to do it again I'd stick with the Emerson on Volume and go Bourns linear on the Tone.

    V
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