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Hi all,

 

My guitar (epiphone sheraton), has a problem regarding her vol control knob (the bottom one, one that controls the bridge pickup and also one that control the vol of the guitar when the switch is in a neutral position).

 

The problem is that when i turn that vol knob down, the sound of the guitar that came out from my amp isn't decreasing, until it reach around 2 or 3, then it shuts the sound. So it is not gradually, but instead just like an electrical switch for your light at home, directly ON & OFF, not gradually increasing or decreasing.[confused]

 

But all the knobs (the other vol knob and 2 tone knobs) are perfectly fine. [biggrin]

 

Any suggestion folks?

 

Cheers

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Probably a bad volume pot and will need to be replaced.

 

While you're in there, might as well upgrade the entire wiring harness.

 

What year is the guitar and where was it made?

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Normal. When either volume control is turned all the way down when both pickups are selected, the output is zero. There is a rewiring modification that can be done if you want it to behave differently. The suddenness may be attributable to a bad pot.

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Thanks for you replies..

 

Actually it is a guitar with a "used" stamp at the back of the headstock. I'm not sure when is it made, but for where is it made, it is hand crafted in China.

 

So the problem is about the pots. HM.. Could you tell me how much will it cost if i bring it to a guitar repair shop?

 

And Brian, u recommend me to upgrade the entire wiring harness.. May i know why and as well as the approximate price?

 

By the way I'm in Sydney Australia, but you can give me an approximate repairing price in USD.

 

Thanks for y'all help

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Normal. When either volume control is turned all the way down when both pickups are selected' date=' the output is zero. There is a rewiring modification that can be done if you want it to behave differently. The suddenness may be attributable to a bad pot.[/quote']

OK, so I just went and checked BOTH my '93 and '94 Samick (Korean) made Sheratons, and all the volume pots have a wide range of control until about 2 where they drop off pretty quickly. I can still get very low output, but it's touchy down there. I'm one of those guys that always plays with controls maxed out and adjust at the amp, so don't really pay much attention to the 1's and 2's.

 

But it reminded me of what GREAT guitars Sheris are and considering I got them both for well under $400, they are still one of the best bangs for the buck out there.

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"and all the volume pots have a wide range of control until about 2 where they drop off pretty quickly"

 

Brian, are you saying that you have the same problem like mine or not? i didnt quite get it..

 

Or still, my pots are messed up since i cant hear any declining sound when i turn down my vol knob (one that closer to the edge of the guitar)...?

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Like I said, wide range of control until about 2 then it drops off. That's normal for most electric guitars I think. But then I never use the controls down there so I'm probably the wrong person to ask.

 

In any case, the Mojotone wiring harness is about $100 shipped and you can DIY if you're so inclined:

 

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Thanks for you replies..

 

Actually it is a guitar with a "used" stamp at the back of the headstock. I'm not sure when is it made' date=' but for where is it made, it is hand crafted in China.

 

So the problem is about the pots. HM.. Could you tell me how much will it cost if i bring it to a guitar repair shop?

 

And Brian, u recommend me to upgrade the entire wiring harness.. May i know why and as well as the approximate price?

 

By the way I'm in Sydney Australia, but you can give me an approximate repairing price in USD.

 

Thanks for y'all help[/quote']

Brian can correct/expand on my answer to your question to him! Okay?

 

Damn it, he responded too soon.

 

Sheila

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Brian can correct/expand on my answer to your question to him! Okay?

 

Damn it' date=' he responded too soon.

 

Sheila[/quote']

Har har, gotta be faster than that around here!

 

I wouldn't condemn the wiring in all Epis - the Elite & Elitist series as well as the IBJL and '65 RI Casinos in particular have decent/excellent wiring. In the case of the IBJL and and '65 RIs, it's supposed to be Switchcraft and USA electronics, so no worse than a Gibson. That's why I asked about the age and country or origin - the Chinese-made stuff is generally crap, I mean "worthy of upgrade". The Korean stuff is a little better, the Japanese and USA wiring quite good. The wiring in my 3 original condition Taiwan-made Genesis is holding up really well even after 30 years, no plans to upgrade. But I don't expect anything in my MIC Special or P93 to last, they will both get upgrades as soon as I have time which will be next year at the rate I'm going.

 

Cheers, Brian

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While good-quality, the Mojotone assembly is seriously overpriced. For 15 extra minutes of soldering time (remember, you still have to de-solder and resolder the pickup leads), and a couple feet of wire, you can save quite a bit by buying the components unassembled. Even at the highest retail prices, the components can be easily had for 50 bucks.

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While good-quality' date=' the Mojotone assembly is seriously overpriced. For 15 extra minutes of soldering time (remember, you still have to de-solder and resolder the pickup leads), and a couple feet of wire, you can save quite a bit by buying the components unassembled. Even at the highest retail prices, the components can be easily had for 50 bucks.[/quote']

I know, I know, but it's time I just don't have.

 

Also, working on a semi is enough of a beeyotch, and I'd rather only put it in once and be done with it.

 

Maybe I'll buy one and use it as a template to build the others...

 

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Har har' date=' gotta be faster than that around here!

 

[b']I wouldn't condemn the wiring in all Epis - the Elite & Elitist series as well as the IBJL and '65 RI Casinos in particular have decent/excellent wiring. In the case of the IBJL and and '65 RIs, it's supposed to be Switchcraft and USA electronics, so no worse than a Gibson. [/b] That's why I asked about the age and country or origin - the Chinese-made stuff is generally crap, I mean "worthy of upgrade". The Korean stuff is a little better, the Japanese and USA wiring quite good. The wiring in my 3 original condition Taiwan-made Genesis is holding up really well even after 30 years, no plans to upgrade. But I don't expect anything in my MIC Special or P93 to last, they will both get upgrades as soon as I have time which will be next year at the rate I'm going.

 

Cheers, Brian

See? I knew he would be able to correct me!![crying]

Sheila

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