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Vintage Fender Volume Pot Repair

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Ampig, Jan 2, 2014.

  1. The neck pickup volume pot on my 72 Jazz shorted out. I'm looking for either detailed instructions on repairing it myself or someone who can make the repair for a reasonable price. Thanks in advance.
  2. You want to repair the pot, or replace it?
  3. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY Supporting Member

    This couldn't be an easier job. A passive circuit is child's play if you can solder. It's easy to learn.
    1. Buy a soldering iron, 45 watts and some solder
    2. Watch YouTube videos or read guides on how to solder. There's lots out there.
    3. Practice on scrap wire.
    4, lift control plate and melt solder holding wires.
    5, remove nut holding old pot in and install new pot.
    6. Solder wires onto new pot. Using old pot as a guide bend one leg over onto body and solder it to the can. Rough up the can with sandpaper so solder will stick. The can has a plating on it, you need to sand it off to raw metal.
    7. Install the plate.
  4. It's a 72 Jazz. I'm hoping to repair the original pot if possible.
    Thanks tbird. I'm good with replaing pots. I'll reword the original post to be more clear.
  5. Hi.

    A regular CTS potentiometer?

    From the way You ask, I'm assuming that you want to keep the orginal casing, so a gut transplant is required?
    If so, just buy a new one and practise opening it on that.

    The tabs are IME a bit fragile, so be gentle when bending them.

    If You don't care about the date code being correct and don't want to spend the dough on a -72 NOS potentiometer from the evilbay, just follow the 96tbird's instructions.

  6. I'd replace the pot and keep the old broken one
  7. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY Supporting Member

    Ah reBUILD the pot. Like outsider said.

    If you rebuild the pot it's still not original and it will be evident to a trained eye that it isn't. Sure it's nice to keep it original if possible, but a working bass with a new pot is better than a broken bass.
  8. The Bass Clef

    The Bass Clef Formerly "thebrian" Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 17, 2010
    Is it a CTS (date code starts with 137-XXXX) or Stackpole brand (304-XXXX)? Fender used both brands in that era. I have a working '71 Stackpole pot.. if you're interested shoot me a PM.