line 6 pod repair

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Whisper Chipper, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. Whisper Chipper

    Whisper Chipper Guest

    Feb 16, 2005
    Houston, TX
    my bass pod xt developed an annoying problem where the 'select' knob would only register about 10% of the time. very difficult to select patches that way. Called line6 authorized repair places in town and the minimum quote to even LOOK at it was $50, some were as high as $80. Not happening for a piece of kit I bought used for $100 5yrs ago.

    There are a couple youtube videos on how to open your pod and desolder the bad component from the board. All you need is a desoldering iron from radio shack for $10 a replacement part, and a willingness to learn how to solder.

    Here's where I ran into trouble though - NOBODY lists the appropriate replacement part number, and when I desoldered my component, there were no identifying marks to help me identify it.

    I took measurements of the component and narrowed it down to an ALPS EC12E24404A6 as the dimensional match, but not being an electronics guy, I wasn't sure if it would work electrically. I'm happy to report that as of 5min ago, my pod is back in 100% working order, and the part works perfectly! :hyper:

    Finding that particular part on the web is a PITA, the only place that actually has it in stock is Newark, and their stock is in the UK, so $20 flat rate shipping charge. Compared to the other two places that had unconfirmed stock but had $50 minimum orders, I'll take it.

    Hope this helps out some others who are in the same boat I was in.