How to Clean a Volume Pot?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by ODDBALL, Jul 10, 2012.


  1. ODDBALL

    ODDBALL Supporting Member

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    His might be a dumb question, but I will ask it anyway. How do you clean a volume or any pot?

    When I turn my volume up all the way right at the very of turning it all the way up the sound cuts in and out. I can tap the knob and it works fine. Not a huge deal but maybe I can fix it myself.


    Thanks for the help,

    Shaun
  2. jtl1380

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    You can either use a contact cleaner like DeoxIT or you could just replace the volume pot (assuming you're comfortable with some minor soldering).
  3. bassgod0dmw

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    +1.

    Personally, I just replace it. Even if you're not comfortable soldering, if you want to learn it's a good simple project to get started with.
  4. ODDBALL

    ODDBALL Supporting Member

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    The bass is a 1983 Ibanez Roadstar II. When replacing a new Volume pot what is needed as far as getting a new pot? What kind of pot? Does it make a difference?

    Shaun
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  6. bassgod0dmw

    bassgod0dmw Supporting Member

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    It does. If the bass is passive you'll want to get 250K or 500K pots, probably just matching whatever is in it now. Unless you want to change the tone a little. There should be a number stamped into the pot somewhere (A500 for example would tell you it's a 500K audio taper pot)

    Given the choice between audio taper or linear taper, you'll want audio taper for a volume pot. It'll give you a smoother taper over the sweep of the pot.

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