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what they DON'T tell you about CTS pots

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  • what they DON'T tell you about CTS pots

    they are a [COLOR="red"]BUGGER to turn

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    Let me guess, you have a crappy soldering iron and when you were soldering, you burned off all the lubricant.
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    • #3
      Let me guess, you have a crappy soldering iron and when you were soldering, you burned off all the lubricant.


      My first thought too.

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      • #4
        Let me guess, you have a crappy soldering iron and when you were soldering, you burned off all the lubricant.


        the original crappy gibson one are a breeze/dawdle to turn. the replacement cts jobs (lub included) are soooo bloody stiff!

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        • #5
          MiM Strats have CTS pots in them standard do they not?

          Also (somewhat OT and thread jacking) what do you guys recommend to lubricate pots?
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          • #6
            MiM Strats have CTS pots in them standard do they not?

            Also (somewhat OT and thread jacking) what do you guys recommend to lubricate pots?


            I think you can with white lithium grease spray if they aren't sealed pots.

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            • #7
              Is THAT why they get stiff when overheated? Lube?
              (Godn that sounds awful )

              I always figured something warped or whatever?
              Learn something new every day.

              EG
              We're not in Kansas anymore.

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              • #8
                That's also why you shouldn't spray them with contact cleaner. The cleaner flushes out the lube too.

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                • #9
                  I feel like I've been to skool today.
                  And my wife says you guys are useless...

                  EG
                  We're not in Kansas anymore.

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                  • #10
                    While overheating the pots will make them stiffer, CTS pots are generally considered stiffer than other brands. Still my favorite as I've never had one fail which is what matters most.

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                    • #11
                      I recently switched to Fantasy brand pots. They aren't cheap at $1,000,000 each, but the gnomes in Mojoland build each one by hand and sprinkle them liberally with the rarest pixie dust. Guaranteed to improve tone eleventy million percent.
                      Totally worth it.

                      EG
                      We're not in Kansas anymore.

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                      • #12
                        I recently switched to Fantasy brand pots. They aren't cheap at $1,000,000 each, but the gnomes in Mojoland build each one by hand and sprinkle them liberally with the rarest pixie dust. Guaranteed to improve tone eleventy million percent.
                        Totally worth it.

                        EG


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                        • #13
                          I just replaced some bad pots with some CTS pots and they are a bit stiff because even checking a brand new, never been soldered one there is some resistance to it vs a good old broken in scratchy, worn out pot.

                          Supposedly if you want something that will move with no effort you should look into Bourns pots. I believe that the new EVH signature pots (yes, I'm serious) are Bourns low friction pots and aren't too ridiculously priced considering it's got his logo on them.
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                          • #14
                            I personally like them stiff. But, at my age, it's about the only thing I have that's stiff.
                            It's 4am woman make up your mind. EITHER SPIT IT OUT OR SWALLOW IT!!!

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                            • #15
                              I have 'em on just about all of my guitars and no two are exactly the same. The ones on my PRS are really loose. The two that I bought from RS are kind of stiff. Others are somewhere in between.

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