Dust in tuning pots, HELP!

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by BassMisfit, Jun 7, 2001.

  1. BassMisfit


    Dec 31, 2000
    Irwin, PA
    I have a Squier p-bass and the tone pot is crackling when turned. I don't know how to get the tuner off to clean it and I also have to take off the pickguard. Is there any advice that you can give me on what to do/ not to do? Or what to use to clean it? Thanks for any help!
  2. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    Stew-Mac has a couple products that should work.
    "Blow Off Air Duster" or "Blow Off Contact Cleaner" will
    do the trick. They both come with one of them skinny
    li'l tubes (like WD-40) for gettin' into tight spots. There
    should be a little opening in the troublesome tone pot
    you can squeeze the extension into. After sprayin', be sure
    to work the pot back and forth to spread the gunk around
    and/or clear off the dust and crap on the resistive element.

    Radio Shack carries that stuff too. Just tell `em you want
    "contact cleaner" (for a potentiometer).

    While you got it all apart, you might wanna' check all
    the solder joints (for "cold" == dull lookin'). Even re-flow
    `em all if ya' got an iron.
  3. Seeing that the question has been answered.
    You have to check out www.blowoff.com

    the names of thier products will have you giggling like a school boy.

    working on computers I deal with thier products alot and it is still hard to grab a can and not laugh.