Is it just me or pots broke often?

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  1. Horacelokhang

    Horacelokhang Member

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    I've played guitar for few years and I have a few guitars
    I usually bought them new and after a while
    Maybe just a year
    volume pots on them starts malfunctioning
    Sometimes they made noises
    And sometimes I couldn't even control my volume
    Is it just me?
    Or volume pots should be changed after a period of use?
     
  2. Auriemma

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    Maybe they are just dirty. Try cleaning them with Deoxit or TV tuner cleaner.

    Do you live in a humid area and leave your guitar out?
     
  3. GreenKnight18

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    I haven't broken a guitar pot in more than 20 years of playing. :dunno
     
  4. rotlung

    rotlung Member

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    cheap ones go bad. do you guitars happen to be made overseas?
     
  5. Suave Eddie

    Suave Eddie Member

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    Ask your doctor if lobotomy is for you.
    I've been playing guitar since the mid '60s and never had a problem with any of my pots.
     
  6. cmatthes

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    Never had that happen, and I've been playing since the late '70s. I've probably owned well over a hundred guitars as well, and no issues.

    It's you.
     
  7. Flyin' Brian

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    Never had a pot failure since 1955.
     
  8. OiRogers

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    Only issue I've ever had with a pot on an instrument was breaking the stem like a noob once trying to tighten the fit of a knob.

    I've encountered several scratchy amp pots, but instrument pots seem to be less trouble prone.
     
  9. Horacelokhang

    Horacelokhang Member

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    Yes mine happened to be import guitar....I guess that tells something
     
  10. treeofpain

    treeofpain Supporting Member

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    Replacing with new quality pots shouldn't be difficult or expensive.
     
  11. rotlung

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    imports can be great guitars but definitely need a little TLC and an upgrade here or there

    pots are cheap so replace them when they go bad and you should never have trouble again
     
  12. bigtone23

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    I had a volume pot go bad in my Strat Elite when a wayward solder ball got in there and messed up the trace. Also replaced a scratchy volume pot in my 1978 Strat before I knew about cleaning them. Whoops.
     
  13. CharlyG

    CharlyG Play It Forward

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    Been happening for centuries. Most of what archaeologists find are broken pots.

    Oh wait........



    nevermind
     
  14. EADGBE

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    I have a problem with barrel jacks.
     
  15. =JL=

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    Perhaps not. I've used CTS pots for decades, but over the last couple of years have found they don't last more than a few months before they start crackling.
    A squirt of Servisol cures it for a week or two, then WD40 as a last resort before having to replace them.
     
  16. 59Bassman

    59Bassman Plank Cranker Silver Supporting Member

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    I've had issues in the past 10 years or so with CTS and Bourns pots I've replaced in various guitars. I ride my volume pretty hard while playing (normally have a decent amount of gain on tap and adjust the guitar's volume to adjust gain levels). My current record is a Bourns push/pull 500K that's lasted me less than 12 months before it started showing issues. I've replaced a pot in one of my tele's twice in the past decade. The tone pot doesn't see quite as much use, so that's stayed.

    Dunno if it's QC in the current potentiometer market, or I'm just going through a bad stretch.
     
  17. halcyon

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    The only pot failure I've ever experienced is when the shaft came out of a cheap, Asian push-pull on an Epiphone 339 in a Guitar Center.
     

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