Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Helloweener, Nov 29, 2005.

  1. Helloweener

    Helloweener Guest

    Nov 29, 2005
    Welland, Ontario
    I've only been playing for about 3 years so I don't really have experience in the hardware department. Anyways, I own an Ibanez SR400, and the bass/treble equalizer is VERY loose, and it seems like the smaller knob on top is starting to fuse with the bottom one, cause them to stick. Also when I turn it it turns the entire pot. Should I get this fixed at a local shop, or can I do it myself?????
  2. pkr2


    Apr 28, 2000
    coastal N.C.
    Sure, you can fix it yourself.Remove the knobs and you'll see the nut that holds the pot in. Remove the cavity cover so you can hold the pot to keep it from turning while you tighten the nut. If theres not a setscrew in the side of the top knob they should just pull off.

    Be careful how hard you turn the knob. You can easily twist the wires on the pot causing yourself all kinds of grief.
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  4. Akami

    Akami Four on the floor

    Mar 6, 2005
    What is probably happening is that the nut holding the pot in place is loose and the lower control ring is being forced up into contact with the upper knob.

    Take both of them off the pot and tighten up the nut, then reinstall paying special attention to making sure you don't push the knob too far down and you will have solved both problems.

    Unless of course the pot is actually in need of replacement, but from reading your post it's probably not the case.
  5. bannedwit


    May 9, 2005
    Buffalo, NY
    Do it soon, because letting this go can cause the wires connected to the pot to spin and wind up and eventually breaking off at the solder joints.

    Here is what you do:
    Unscrew the nice little knob they put on the pot. Usually done by unscrewing the little allen wrench fitting which is on the knob keeping it in place. (Maybe that is what is loose?) if not then continue...
    Open up the back plate and find the pot (short for potentimeter.) make sure nothing broke off, no hanging wires? good...

    Hold the pot with one hand while using pliers or something to tighten the nut which was hidden under the knob you removed.

    Dont go tooo crazy because it could crack the wood of you bass if screwed way too tight. Your bass wont look to hot then

    From there, put the knob back on the pot, screw down that small allen wrench fitting and you are doneski!
  6. tadawson


    Aug 24, 2005
    Lewisville, TX
    Or better yet, use the correct size wrench - pliers tend to bugger things up, and can slip more easily, possibly scratching your instrument! Pliers should only be thought of as a last resort for tightening things in case you don't have the correct tool.

    - Tim
  7. bannedwit


    May 9, 2005
    Buffalo, NY
    um yeah i am not a tool guy, i know what I need to get a job done and grab it, there are just so many to remember.

    Thanks for the clarification boss and for saving that that guys surface finish in tact. hehe