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Scratchy pot.. fixes?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by cyndicate, Mar 5, 2010.

  1. cyndicate


    Feb 4, 2010
    I picked up a used Mesa Walkabout recently, seems there's a scratchy master volume pot, when I adjust it, it makes some unwanted scratchy noises, even happens sometimes when i play, what's a fix to this, maybe some contact cleaner on the pot?

  2. calebbarton


    Aug 25, 2007
    I manufacture for several companies including but not limited to: Bridge City Sound, Catalinbread, more.
    well you can get some electrical cleaner (deoxit, MCL) or if you dont want to take the amp apart you can turn the knob back and forth till the scratchy sounds disappear. thats what i do with my 400+ when it gets a little crusty inside the pots. i would suggest the pot cleaner though if you know how to do that sort of thing.
  3. cyndicate


    Feb 4, 2010
    Cool thanks I'll try turning it back and forth for now. I think the walkabout has just been sitting around unused before I got it. Maybe I'll try taking it apart and spray some Deoxit on it. I have some lying around somewhere, I might as well try a tube swap while I'm at it too.
  4. DrSmaggs


    Oct 15, 2003
    Endorsing Artist:
    I got some contact cleaner with lubricant from Radio Shack (I call it Stereo Hut) and it's AWESOME!

    You get a clean and noiseless pot, plus it turns smoother!
  5. keyboardguy

    keyboardguy Supporting Member

    May 11, 2005
  6. Rick Auricchio

    Rick Auricchio Registered Bass Offender

    Use the contact cleaner. Spinning the pot with the dirt in it is like sanding it.
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