Changing vol/tone pots on Vigier Shawn Lane

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VV1977
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23 Feb 2021 12:59

Hello, just wanted to check if anyone here had changed the volume and tone pots on their Vigier Shawn Lane to 500K.
Would be interested to hear about pros and cons sound wise and if this was a recommended upgrade.

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marcwormjim
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01 Mar 2021 16:46

It’s only an upgrade if you know you prefer 500k pots - No pros or cons. It seems many SL owners find the Air Classic and 1M volume pot to be too far from their personal tastes; so replacing the pickups and pots seems to be a common mod. If you find yourself preferring the sound of a different superstrat to your SL, go ahead and try those guts in the SL.
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08 Mar 2021 09:04

Thank you for the comment  :) I think I'll be keeping everything stock. I do find the range of tones from the 1meg pots quite nice.
A lot of bite at 10 on the volume pot but as soon as rolled off there is a huge range of nice sounds (same for the tone pot).
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12 Mar 2021 10:27

Remember that you can also modify the taper and behavior of the stock pots through experimenting with treble bleed values, 50s wiring, etc. - Unless you’re specifically wanting to avoid modifying from stock unless necessary.
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22 Feb 2022 21:23

HI, I have the same needs ! I want to replace the 1M pots by 500k because even after changing pickups the sound is too harsh for my taste, do you know wich reference of 500k pot would be suitable for the shawnlane for plug and play please ?
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26 Feb 2022 09:20

MAS14 wrote: HI, I have the same needs ! I want to replace the 1M pots by 500k because even after changing pickups the sound is too harsh for my taste, do you know wich reference of 500k pot would be suitable for the shawnlane for plug and play please ?
If I recall: CTS, full size, solid shaft, logarithmic taper would be exact replacements. Pots aren’t plug-and-play, though - unless you’re using a solderless kit from a company such as Mad Hatter or something. The unbranded 500k and 250k push-push split shaft pots I put in my SL fit just fine - I had to solder the wires, all the same.
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27 Feb 2022 17:26

Thank you !
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24 Mar 2022 16:26

I would have thought the Shawn Lane already sports 500K pots (both volume and tone) ... is it not like that need  to see higly professional advice?
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