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Volume pot issue...

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by chris1125, Nov 4, 2012.

  1. chris1125


    May 14, 2007
    On both volume pots on my bass a problem has developed. They still work perfectly fine but when turning the knob, there's no clear stopping or starting point. It just turns all the way around in a circle.
  2. JLS


    Sep 12, 2008
    Emeryville, Ca
    I setup & repair guitars & basses
    The knob has become loose in the shaft of the pot.
  3. chris1125


    May 14, 2007
    How do you go about fixing that?
  4. bumperbass


    Jun 19, 2012
    What do you mean, they still work perfectly fine? They turn all the way down and then turn all the way up without stopping? Sounds like a loose set screw.
  5. ncapone


    Nov 17, 2010
    If it's a loose set screw, just tighten that. Otherwise the nut that's holding in your pots to the body is a bit loose. Take off the knobs and tighten them. It's a simple fix.
  6. Thecomedian


    Aug 16, 2012
    you might want to open the wiring cavity and make sure you haven't wrapped your wiring around the pot as it has moved freely.

    I don't think it's possible for the pot itself to have split apart, still work, but avoid hitting the plastic and metal stops together that form the restriction on how far you can turn your pot's shaft around.

    The other possibility is that the knob itself is just loose, tight enough to change volume, but loose enough to slip when it hits the end of the pot's range internally.