03-01-2013 12:20 PM
03-01-2013 01:26 PM
Those are the classic symptoms of a worn-out volume pot. Cleaning it with a specialized spray cleaner may help temporarily, but really you need to have the volume pot replaced. You'll need:
1) a new volume pot appropriate for your guitar - most common values are 250K-ohms for single coil guitars and 500K-ohms for humbucker equipped guitars.
2) Rosin-core solder for electronics, do NOT use plumbing solder or plumbing flux.
3) A pen-type soldering iron between 20 and 40 watts.
I suggest getting someone with experience to help you if possible, or at least watch some YouTube videos on soldering.
03-01-2013 01:29 PM - edited 03-01-2013 01:40 PM
Steve, this is the right forum for anything the regulars want to discuss
What is the guitar?
I will go with the assumption you do not have a volt-ohm meter at your disposal...how about a soldering iron?
Absent these two primary tools, there isn't much you can do except eliminate the easy stuff.
First suggestion: take the knob off the pot and make sure the shaft nut is tight...and check the nut around the output jack as well...
(geez, all that potential innuendo...wasted)
If that doesn't help, you will need to open the control cavity (possibly remove the pickguard, whatever gets you inside to look at the pots). Keep track of the screws! Make sure all the wires are making proper contact (a little 'tug' will find the loose ones)
(more wasted innuendo)
If it is a bad solder joint, you just need it re-flowed.
Otherwise, I'll go with Mr. Grumpy, the pot may be worn out; or it could be 'dirty'...but don't use a chemical cleaner unless you have some compressed air too, [blow it into the pot after the cleaner has been in for about 5-10 seconds]
IMHO, 'contact cleaners' do as much harm as good unless you can remove it immediately, as the active solvent will often just evapoarate and redeposit the sludge....or you will wind up with a puddle of solvent trying to completely flush it.
If the pot is 'shot', then replacing it is simple if you have a soldering iron.
Is Turkey a RoHS signatory state? If so, you will need lead-free solder.
03-01-2013 02:34 PM
The two posts above have very good info. I've got nothing to add except that if you don't have access to the materials listed above, sometimes working the pot (turning it up and down) five or ten times might help with a scratchy pot, but only for a few hours - and often it doesn't help at all.
And I'll repeat the sentiment that cleaner is often only temporary and can sometimes make things worse over time.
03-01-2013 03:39 PM
03-02-2013 07:14 AM
03-02-2013 08:50 AM
Is it the push/pull pot?
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