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Peavey tl-5 2nd gen help

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Hit_the_lights, Nov 24, 2013.


  1. Hit_the_lights

    Hit_the_lights

    Nov 24, 2013
    All my electronics are taking a dump on my tl-5. When I bought it it seemed to work fine even though I did pop the back open and find a mess back there. I want to either have it all re-soldered or just replace the pots and pickups all together. I've been to guitar center and they just look at me like an idiot when I ask where to start. So any help would be much appreciated.
     
  2. smcd

    smcd

    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    There should not be a "mess" under the control cover. Replacing the pickups isn't a great idea. Post photos of the control cavity and the pickups. That way we can see what you have going on.
     
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  4. Hit_the_lights

    Hit_the_lights

    Nov 24, 2013
    Well when I say mess it's just a whole bunch of solder globed on to the leads of each pot. I don't really need to replace the pick ups it's just two of the pots aren't working like they used to maybe a bad connection or something I have replaced the battery for good measure.
     
  5. smcd

    smcd

    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    There should be a large green circuit board in the control cavity. This is the pre-amp. Underneath this large green board are the pots. The wiring should look relatively neat and organized. It should look like this -


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    There should be no messy lumps of solder anywhere. If you're missing the green board, then someone has removed the factory pre-amp.
     
  6. Hit_the_lights

    Hit_the_lights

    Nov 24, 2013
    Ok we'll mine looks pretty normal then aside from a few connections that are a little scetch. Do you do your own solder or have someone do it for you? And if I were to get new pots where would I go?
     
  7. Hit_the_lights

    Hit_the_lights

    Nov 24, 2013
    On other thing both of my double stack pots have started making this awful noise when I turn the nobs. Almost like a record scratch noise but much louder.
     
  8. smcd

    smcd

    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    I have a Weller soldering iron and do my own soldering. It isn't hard. Pots are available at Stew Mac, or any guitar parts supplier. A blast of contact cleaner in the pots will make the scratchiness disappear.
     
  9. StuartV

    StuartV Out of GAS!! Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    Bristow, VA
    Peavey Customer Service is awesome. I would start by calling them to try and get any parts you need.
     
  10. mech

    mech

    Jun 20, 2008
    USA
    ^^^This. Pot cleaner and following the instructions on the can will do the trick. If you don't know how to solder, take it to a good tech to go over it.

    I've never seen TL-5 or DynaBass/Sarzo preamp that needed much more than the pots being cleaned or a solder joint being redone. An occasional broken switch on the 1st Gens.

    mech
     
  11. songwriter21

    songwriter21 Bassist for Chris Higbee Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2005
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Disclosures:
    Sponsored by Gallien-Krueger and Hipshot
    +1 for Peavey service!

    I needed a part replacement for a GV that I had, and they scoured the warehouse for one little bridge saddle piece, and sent it to me for free!
     
  12. StuartV

    StuartV Out of GAS!! Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    Bristow, VA
    Peavey CS - (877) 732-8391. You can try asking for Steve. He is awesome.
     
  13. Hit_the_lights

    Hit_the_lights

    Nov 24, 2013
    Thanks I'll grab some pot cleaner and let you know how it goes
     



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