audio taper

audio taper

[′ȯd·ē·ō ‚tā·pər]
(engineering acoustics)
A special type of potentiometer used in a volume-control apparatus to compensate for the nonlinearity of human hearing and give the impression of a linear increase in audibility as volume is raised. Also known as linear taper.
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Model PDB241-GTR03 Product Update - Standard Guitar Potentiometer with long bushing and knurled shaft, 250k and 500k audio taper (for thick body guitars)
Model PDB241-GTR04 Product Update - Standard Guitar Potentiometer with long bushing and plain shaft, 250k and 500k audio taper (for thick body guitars)
Bourns Model 82 vintage guitar potentiometer features a knurled metal shaft, +/- 10% TR tolerance, 250 k and 500 k standard resistance values, conductive polymer element for low noise, standard 10% audio taper and a long rotational life (up to 100 k cycles).
The new Bourns Model PDB182-GTRB Series of blend-balance guitar potentiometers are designed with features often requested by master luthiers such as plain or knurled shaft options, 3/8" diameter brass bushing, 250 k and 500 k standard resistance values, special M and N audio tapers and a center detent.