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Old 02-26-2007, 05:17 PM   #1
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Does anyone know how to change the pots in a guitar. I know that I can google it and read upteen pages?
But is there a trick and any particular types to purchase. I need both volume and tone controls replaced?
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OOOOOOOOOOOOOk then, I guess I'm going to have to figure this one out on my own.


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You need to remove the strings, then the *****. You will then see screws around the **** stems. Go to the back of the guitar and you will see a plate. Remove that plate and you will see your **** pots. Go back to the front of the guitar and remove the screws that hold the pots in place. You will need to do some soldering to re-connect the new pots.


That should pretty much take care of everything.
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You need to remove the strings, then the *****. You will then see screws around the **** stems. Go to the back of the guitar and you will see a plate. Remove that plate and you will see your **** pots. Go back to the front of the guitar and remove the screws that hold the pots in place. You will need to do some soldering to re-connect the new pots.


That should pretty much take care of everything.
I already have the strings removed and most of the pots out, but I've heard that if you apply to much head or don't have the right solder then you can damage the pots. I've also heard that if you don't have the right pots, then it changes the sound. The reason they're being changed is the crackling and cutting in and out sound.

Thanks for the reply BLACK94SSEi.
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There are usually two different types of pots. Linear or Audio. I believe that the Audio pot is the most popular. Theres also different types of shafts, Solid or split shafts. Solid have press on ***** split ones need a screw to hold on the *****. Theres also long or short Shafts depending on how thick your guitar body is etc. and theres also different Ohm ratings you need to look at.

As far as soldering goes, you need to protect the body, protect any resistors on the pot from heat and be careful not to burn or melt any of the wire covering leaving bare wire exposed since it could short out against the plate or other metal surface.
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Hang on a minute here...

First, what type of guitar is it and what kind of pickups are in it? Single coil or humbuckers? That will dictate what resistance value you will need to use when replacing the pots.

Also, if they are NOT sealed pots you currently have then you can spray contact cleaner and work them back and forth. That should take care of any crackling or cutting out that you may have.
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Now this is the info I'm looking for, I knew it wasn't just straight forward as most would think. The guitar is an Aria, 6 string not a name brand but my son wants to plug it into a Marshall JCM 2000 TSL 122, 100 watt tube amp. I tried the spray but it'* to far gone for that. It has 2 volume and 2 Tone controls as well as the jack that needs to be replaced. I'm also going to have to find the correct wire. I think if I sub it out the labour will be more than the guitar is worth. I need a decent guitar for him to learn on since I feel he has the potential to scratch my guitar which is a Les Paul Custom. I have an acoustic, but unless the windows don't vibrate, it'* just not enjoyable to him. In other words he won't play without an amp so I need to fix these quirks, since I want him to learn an instrument. Thanks and keep the suggestions coming.
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Definitely don't let him scratch the LP

I've heard of Aria before but have never played one. I usually buy my parts from Warmoth. You can find pots here http://www.warmoth.com/hardware/part...potentiometers500K pots if you have humbuckers and 250K pots if you have single coils. They also have jacks pretty cheap.

If you install them yourself just make sure you use rosin core solder. If you don't feel like DIY, most places that do guitar repair or any luthier shouldn't charge that much to install pots and/or a jack.
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Frank...hit me with a pm between 3 and 5 pm EST. I'll be home and can ask my guitar nut buddy via aim.

Or..send an AIM to "vsnsound" and in the first message say BillBost37 sent you his way.
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If need be, my services/expertise are always available also. I've been playing/fixing/building guitars for over 15 years now.
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