tone & volume knobs/pots spin too easily

tone4days

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folks,

the volume and tone knobs on my new (to me) PRS McCarty BLE spin VERY easily .. in fact, too easily to my preference ... is this a function of the knobs? or of the underlying pot shafts themselves? or the combination of them both?

if i wanted to have the knobs offer more 'resistance' to turning, what would i need to do? replace the knobs only? the pots only? both? something else entirely?

any help would be appreciated

thanks
t4d
 

TAVD

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Depends on how the pot is constructed. If it's a CTS or other where the bottom has 4 tabs bent around to hold it together, you can pinch those tabs down with pliers and it will tighen the pot. Otherwise, you need to replace them.
 

Ron Thorn

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Replacing the knob will not help.
I've seen a few guys cut out pieces of felt shaped like a washer and sandwich this between the knob and the top of the body. This adds a little friction to the underside of the knob.
Even the right diameter o-ring in there would work too.
Saves you having to do any wiring and replacing parts.

Ron
 

fyler

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i used a very thin rubber washer under the volume knob on my steinberger. it would gradually turn itself down.
 

TAVD

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Originally posted by Ron Thorn
Replacing the knob will not help.
I've seen a few guys cut out pieces of felt shaped like a washer and sandwich this between the knob and the top of the body. This adds a little friction to the underside of the knob.
Even the right diameter o-ring in there would work too.
Saves you having to do any wiring and replacing parts.

Ron
I forgot all about that felt washer trick. If you want to give that one try, the felt replacement pads for trumpet valves work well (no cutting required).
 




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