Noise while turning the volume nob

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by jcbass2801, Apr 23, 2012.

  1. jcbass2801

    jcbass2801 Guest

    Mar 27, 2012
    Carolina, Puerto Rico
    Hello everyone

    Today during practice I noticed that when I turned the volume nob on my bass it was making some sort of crackling sound. Not much and not all the time, but it got me wandering since the bass is in good shape and it doesn't get moved around much since I mostly use it at home.

    Could anyone give me some insight on this little problem? Do you need more information?

    The bass is a Ltd ec-414fm
  2. Rocky McDougall

    Rocky McDougall Guest

    Apr 19, 2008
    San Antonio, Texas
    The potentiometer "pot" that controls the volume has a tendency to accumulate dirt, dust, smoke, etc. inside. Usually, cleaning the pot will cure the noise. This is usually a normal service you receive during a "professional" setup. You can clean it yourself if you learn the procedure (info available on YouTube) Many time you can twist the control knob back and forth 20 or so times and it will improve, but pots should be cleaned properly every 1 or 2 years.