Smoke and electronics

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Sunset Shalom, May 21, 2016.

  1. Sunset Shalom

    Sunset Shalom

    May 9, 2016
    I know smoke can damage them but I would love to hear from more experienced people. I have very limited space so all my gear hangs out in my living room which gets a decent amount of smoke from me and my roommate throughout the day. No tobacco though. (we are both MMP in a recreation state)

    So my question is should I be considerably worried about my gear? I have yet to experience any issues but would hate to have something happen to one of my more expensive pedals or god forbid my amp...

    Hopefully before too long I will set up some sort of studio to house my gear but for now there is nothing I can do really... Though I have considered some kind of cloth to drape over my gear as a sort of shield.

    Thanks in advance for any input!
  2. Other than smell, smoke won't damage things that are solid conductor - copper, solder. IME, it will damage electro-mechanical parts like pots, jacks, and encoders. Some can be repaired or cleaned - clean jacks and pots with electronics cleaner. If encoders or pots get real bad, they have to be replaced I got a smokey Peavey BAM that had grounding issues - the LEDs on the compressor would cause static in the signal when they turned on or off. I eventually traced the bad ground to a dirty vol pot.
  3. MrLenny1


    Jan 17, 2009
    New England
    Don't worry about you gear.
    Worry about your lungs.
    I used gear in smoky rooms for years and never had issues.
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  4. Sunset Shalom

    Sunset Shalom

    May 9, 2016
    Thanks that is what I wanted to hear!

    I have been trying to smoke less and take breaks for awhile now, doing a decent job at it.

    I am definitely ready for a nice break though.
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