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Gibson" Branded Pots Suck

#21 User is offline   Malchik 

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Posted 15 September 2017 - 04:03 PM

So I brought the accursed guitar back to the dealer and he heard the sickening crackle emitted by the volume and tone pots. He's sending the guitar back to Yorkville Sound to have the hardware changed. I have never felt this much anger and resentment towards Gibson before. I'm just so ill right now I might sell this guitar, take a loss and buy a custom shop start. This is the QC that 7700 buys you.
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Posted 15 September 2017 - 04:17 PM

View Postkidblast, on 12 September 2017 - 05:06 AM, said:

I have kind of noticed the same issues.

The other thing is the rate at which the volume tapers off. It can be pretty drastic, where the volume just drops out almost completely at like 4 or 5.

Bourne Pots solve my problems.


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Posted 15 September 2017 - 04:19 PM

View PostMalchik, on 15 September 2017 - 04:03 PM, said:

So I brought the accursed guitar back to the dealer and he heard the sickening crackle emitted by the volume and tone pots. He's sending the guitar back to Yorkville Sound to have the hardware changed. I have never felt this much anger and resentment towards Gibson before. I'm just so ill right now I might sell this guitar, take a loss and buy a custom shop start. This is the QC that 7700 buys you.


I've got some scratchy pots on an amp or two but I ain't throwing the baby out with the bathwater.
1995 - Fender American Standard Jazz Bass with Rio Grande Pickups and a Warmoth J Bass Neck
1997 - Fender American Standard Tele with Rio Grande Pickups
2000 - Gibson SG Special
2003 - Fender American Deluxe HSS Strat with Rio Grande Pickups and a Warmoth Strat Neck
2009 - Gibson BB King "Lucille" Signature Model
2009 - Kala KA-T Tenor Ukulele
2011 - Martin D-28

2014 - Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro II with Lindy Fralin Pure PAF's
20?? - Martin D-18 (On Layaway)

Fender Deville 60 Watt Combo Guitar Amp

Fender Blues Jr. 15 Watt Como Guitar Amp with a Weber Speaker
Mesa Transatlantc TA-15 Head 5W/15W/25W Switchable
Egnater Tweaker 40 Watt Combo Guitar Amp (On Loan To My Son)

Fender Hot Rod Deluxe Extension Cab with a Weber Speaker
Acoustic B100 Amp 100 Watt Bass Combo Amp
Orange CrushPiX CRL20 20 Watt Guitar Amp
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#24 User is offline   Eracer_Team 

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Posted 15 September 2017 - 09:09 PM

QC has nothing to do with a component failure.

I do find it strange that you've had multiple failures on multiple guitars.

When you get tired of the pots you have, there is no reason to take a loss.

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Posted 20 September 2017 - 11:41 AM

I hope I am not being too obvious, but I had persistent pot problems that turned out to be a problem with the cable. I changed the cable and all is well. Why a cable gave me symptoms like a bad pot is hard to say except that the cable connection must have been right on the "edge"and voltage variations when changing the volume level caused the cable to connect / disconnect causing a scratchy sound like a bad pot.

Just be sure you have eliminated potential down stream issues
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Posted 20 September 2017 - 11:57 AM

I believe pots are often damaged by being pushed down from the knobs. This pushes the back off slightly, stretching the small 'tabs' which hold the back on and causing a poor connection between the brush and the contact.

I believe this sometimes happens because of carelessness (stacking cases or just poor treatment) and sometimes because the guitar has been shipped or moved around in a gig bag.

I note that this problem didn't manifest until the guitar was taken to rehearsal. Did it make that journey in its gig bag?
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