I think you'll be happy with a 250 K ohm control. if not, just change it back to 500K ohms. The cost of the audio taper is about $5. Not a big investment.
Thanks for the ongoing info stream.
Cobra, Thanks for the advice I will barethat in mind but don't like the sound of having to ream out the holes as Mike suggests. I think I will leave the pots for the time being.
John, With regard to the magnets, Im definately going to give this try, can you advise if you use the same type of magnets in each pickup or is it one type for the bridge and one foe the neck. Alaso, do you know what magnets are fitted as standard in the SE Santana model.
Mike, In answer to your question, I have done a bit of tweeking around and I find that if I knock the tone back about 30% on the guitar and increase the middle and reduce the treble on the amp, that seems to be the optimum setting. When set up like this its not bad but Im still not getting the creamy tone I'm looking for. Maybe I am expecting too much of this entry level PRS. I was wondering if this is this a common issue or not, or just the character of the guitar. I have seen a few demos on Utube and the sound tone does not seem to be an issue in any of those..
Don't blame you for not wanting to enlarge the holes... I was worried that i'd mess it up when I did it but it turned out to be a super easy job. Something to bear in mind in the future if you have any issues with the pots... Although you could get hold of replacement Alpha pots that will just drop right in without the need for any extra work or expense.
I had the SE 245 pups that you have in my Bernie and they where pretty even across all the strings as I recall. I could get the creamy sounds - or at least my take on creamy. I only swapped mine out because I thought the bridge was a little sterile.
What's your setup?
You might find the one you want. They are a great outfit. I use them for my ham radio gear too. They always have those hard to find parts for ham gear back in the 50's and 60's.
Have them send you a paper catalog too. Also, Mouser Electroinics is good too I have their catalog. It's about 3" thick.
Don't give up and settle for just anything. Make the guitar the way you like it. I'm a firm believer in that. Guitars are like cars; you need to have it the way you like it.
Have you checked the action and the pickup height yet? I commonly find pickup heights on new guitars in stores to be too close to the strings. Sometimes not even set up to the manufacturer's specs.