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A pot is a resistance with terminals or connections at either end of the resistance, plus a third middle terminal that goes to a wiper that makes contact somewhere along that resistive track.
When on 10, full on, a pot should measure close to 0 between the the middle wiper contact and one end, while the full value of the pot between the wiper and the other end.
Typically there will be some residual contact resistance even at full on, but it probably should be less than about 75 ohms.
As such with a volume control the input to output wiper terminal connections should measure close to 0 (typically less than 75), while with a tone control the opposite sort of arrangement is used, the measurement would be the full value of the pot, 500K or whatever. First keep in mind how a capacitor behaves, the higher the frequency of a signal the lower the impedance or resistance of the cap.There I describe how you can mod the pots to increase the value of the resistance, get any pot that measures well down in the 400K range up to 500K or maybe more. I have a couple of older cts and an old gibson that measure upwards of 600K. I had an SG from the early 70s that had a pot actually measure 710K!You can achieve a lower net resistance, for the purpose of tweaking to get just the right amount of pickup loading, by using a resistor in parallel with the pot in question typically a volume pot.A 600K pot with a 1Meg parallel resistor would produce a net 375K.I put a 1Meg audio pot in my R9 for the bridge volume pot, intended for using higher output pups, but I later added something like a 1.5 Meg resistor in parallel to get a lower net value around 600K when I switched to trying a more traditional pup such as an Antiquity. Could you explain why a guitar sounds brighter with no tone pot versus the same guitar with a tone pot set on 10? Also, if you have two guitars setup exactly the same except one guitar has a 500K tone pot and the other has say a 250K tone pot (or whatever), would there be a difference in sound if the tone controls were set on 10 on both guitars? Also, does the resistor mod you mentioned above mess with the taper of the pot any? if you have two pots that both measure 500K, and one is a normal pot and the other is a pot with the "resistor" mod, would they both put out an equal amount of resistance at a setting of say 5 for example?However with a tone control in a sense you are not literally turning up the tone rather it's a kind of reverse logic, turning down the tone you are increasing the removal of the higher frequencies while turning up the tone you are turning up the *elimination* of the removal of the high end. If you consider what the situation would be for the higher frequencies, where the impedance of the cap is relatively small, effectively you still have what amounts to a 500K tone pot in parallel with the volume pot.