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Volume Potentiometers for Strat and Tele - help

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by pete12string, May 22, 2020.

  1. pete12string

    pete12string Supporting Member

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    Two of my guitars, a Fender RI '65 Stratocaster and an AVRI '62 Telecaster Custom need to have new Volume Potentiometers installed. They both cut out intermittently as the knob is turned to maximum. Can someone point me to exactly what I need?
    Unless it is more difficult than I expect, I was planning to install these myself. Anything I need to be aware of or really careful with? I see that some come with a capacitor - what's that for? I haven't taken anything apart yet. Is the capacitor something I will need?

    I don't usually do this type of electronic work on guitars so thanks for your help.
     
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    Ron Thorn Gold Supporting Member

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    Perhaps a can of DeOxit first?
    Seems odd having 2 guitars with similar symptoms.
     
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    ^^^ Yeah it does ^^^
     
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    Yeah, but I have 11 electrics. The Tele was like that when I got it (used) a bunch of years back. Never got around to doing anything about it. Maybe DeOxIt first...

    Thanks!
     
  6. big mike

    big mike Gold Supporting Member

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    Probably want a solid shaft for the tele depending on the knob
     
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    Also agree with cleaning the pots first. I have used CRC QD cleaner from Home Depot and that cleared up scratchy volume pots.

    Also the solder may just need to be reflowed on the pots instead of putting in new ones. I would try those while waiting for the new pots to be delivered.
     
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    If you get to the point of soldering, read up on soldering grounds to the back of the pot. It's a problem point for folks who haven't done it before. A search of this forum should turn up useful information. A large percentage of the YouTube videos get it wrong.

    ... Thom
     
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    thesjkexperienc ^^^ I made this guitar^^^

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    The Mojotone with vintage taper are the ones to get.
     
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    For volume yes; not for tone.
     
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    I agree that you should just try cleaning them out with DeOxit first, you most likely won't need to replace them. Cleaning pots is normal maintenance IMO, as the track wears inside the pot it leaves residue that can cause intermittent problems.
    Al
     
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    While you're in there, consider a Parrish treble bleed. Very smooth volume reduction ;)

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