The brand new VIPots are probably the VIP product we are the most proud of.
Everyone in the know knows that the magic of the "old" tone does not only come from somewhat magical pickups. The electronic components are just as important -- especially the potentiometers used back in the golden age of guitar making.
In the late 50s, Gibson (and others) preferably used potentiometer by US maker Centralab. The audio taper of these vintage pots has become synonymous with the perfect taper. It's pretty steep on top (great to "switch" from lead to rhythm) and musically to the end. No wonder people pay $150 or more for a single vintage potentiometer.
Thus, it has been really frustrating (not only) to us that the taper of currently available pots is nowhere near the old taper. So we went door to door and asked pot manufacturer if they would be interested in teaming up with VIP to make a real Centralab replica pot. And while most of them either laughed at us or never even responded, Clement and the guys at Bourns were excited to jump in and start a project that would take more than a year and a lot of work to finish. It included us buying and sacrificing several NOS Centralab pots from the 50s and massive analysis of their taper, torque, etc.
Finally, they are here! The VIPots are exact functional copies of the old Centralab pots. With the same audio taper, the same torque and US fine spline split shaft for a direct drop-in replacement. 550kOhm with 15% tolerance, putting them in the range of all the tested NOS pots.
They are available as a pair of two or a set of four. Add one or two rare NOS 22nF Gudeman Paper In Oil capacitors for the full-on vintage touch.
Diese Potis wurden von Hand selektiert und ausgewählt für Bridge- und Neck-Pickup. 500kOhm +/- 3%, ideal für Historic Collection Les Pauls
Calibrated Set Calibrated set under 3% tolerance in matched set
Stud Locks um das Stop-Tailpiece oder die Wrap around-Bridge festzusetzen.Verbessert Sustain und Schwingungseigenschaften, dadurch erhöhen sich auch die Obertöne. Passt für Stoptails und Bridges mit 8.2 mm Bolzendurchmesser, Farbe: Gold, Gewinde M8 metrisch
Die allerbesten M-69 Pickup Rings Replicas die es überhaupt gibt. Nicht gerade billig, aber absolut korrekt. Auch riechen sie genau wie alte Pickup Rahmen.
Zitat Tom Bartlett:
"These pickup rings are exact replicas of cream "M-69" pickup rings made in the late 1950's.
Every effort has been made to make these as close to identical as possible.
These smell correct, look correct and feel correct, because they are correct!"