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Old 02-14-2013, 03:36 PM   #1
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Pot question

Hello, I want to have the pots on my guitar replaced. It has one master volume knob and two tone knobs. Do I need to have the pot on the master volume knob changed or is changing only the two tone knobs enough?

And how long would a pot replacement take if I were to let Guitar Center take care of it? How much would it cost?

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Old 02-14-2013, 03:53 PM   #2
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Why are you having them changed? You can replace as many or as few as you want but unless there's something wrong with them you're probably not going to notice much difference with new ones.

I would not take this to Guitar Center. Changing pots is super easy, and you can do it yourself with $1o worth of soldering equipment and a little patience. GC is going to charge you a bunch of money and then muck it up. They're terrible with repairs and modifications.
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Old 02-14-2013, 04:06 PM   #3
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Sometimes when I adjust the tone knobs, the sound coming out of the amp kind of scratches, but only while adjusting - if I don't move them it doesn't do that. Another reason why I'd like to change the pots is that the ones I want are 250ks, so the sound would apparently be more vintage-sounding and warmer. And I don't think I know how to solder.
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Old 02-14-2013, 04:13 PM   #4
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Might as well replace all the pots if they're starting to get dirty.

You can learn how to solder in ten minutes from a youtube video. If you really don't want to do it yourself, go to any other guitar shop except GC. Most shops would probably charge you around $50 to replace three pots.

What guitar is it?
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Old 02-14-2013, 04:21 PM   #5
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Squier Standard Stratocaster.
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Old 02-14-2013, 04:26 PM   #6
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It's already got 250K pots in there.
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Old 02-14-2013, 04:30 PM   #7
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I think I read in a forum post that they didn't, lol, but I guess you're right as I think most strats have 250ks.
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Old 02-14-2013, 05:38 PM   #8
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Sometimes when I adjust the tone knobs, the sound coming out of the amp kind of scratches, but only while adjusting - if I don't move them it doesn't do that. Another reason why I'd like to change the pots is that the ones I want are 250ks, so the sound would apparently be more vintage-sounding and warmer. And I don't think I know how to solder.


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