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    MM St Vincent - anyone changed the pots?

    Bought the MM SV and love how it looks and plays but just cant get on with the lack of treble/sparkle (coming from an all Fender JM/Tele/Strat owner) and to my ears sounds like a guitar stuck on the tone wound down by half. Really like the mini humuckers so not interested in changing them just boosting the treble/top end without having to use eq pedal or winding the treble up on my Fender amp. So my question..

    Has anyone successfully changed the pots from the 250k to 500k and if so has it made much of a difference - good or bad? I see from another message board someone was trying this but not clear whether possible with the terminal board/wiring that MM use in the guitar. I want to go get this done professionally but after some guidance to give the repair shop etc if anyone can share their exp etc.

    Also any of you changed the tremolo to floating? And no I'm not trying to recreate a strat ;-)

    Cheers

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    You can try it, but you aren't gonna get the jangle/sparkle of single coil pickups out of humbuckers, even mini humbuckers.
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    It's possible, but it will require finding the values you want in the physical configuration that matches the ones in there. Then you desolder the posts from the through-hole solder points and solder the new ones in there.

    On the soldering, you'll need an iron with decent enough temperature control that can dump enough heat in there fast enough so you don't damage the board by holding the iron on too long. This will mostly be a problem with the ground/case contact that leads to the pot. I'd use metal clips to sink some of the heat on the back side.

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    I just received a Polaris white SV today, and this thread is what I'm looking for.

    Coming from a Jaguar with standard 1 megs, I find the pickups in the SV a bit dark.

    On one of my guitars I have a pair of DiMarzio humbuckers; when I split them they sound like great single coils, and they run on 500k. In fact, I've gone years playing them as singles.

    I wonder if one solution might be to split these mini-humbuckers. But everyone here is talking about the soldering board that just seems dangerously impervious to modding.

    Maybe the only solution is an EQ pedal.

    If anyone else has modded the SV with 500k or 1 meg with positive results, let us know!

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    Buy a treble booster. Easier, cheaper.
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    Or turn up the treble on your amp? I change my amp settings depending on which guitar I'm using.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beej View Post
    Or turn up the treble on your amp? I change my amp settings depending on which guitar I'm using.
    I've got different "complete set-list" banks (for the same songs with the same band) in my Headrush depending if I use MM90 or humbuckers.
    AL SSS BFR Pinkburst
    AL SSS Neptune Blue
    AL HH Starry Night
    AL HH Candy Apple Red
    AL MM90 Sparkle Turquoise
    L3 HSS Olive Gold

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