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Old 10-06-2013, 11:35 AM   #1
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My volumepot is acting wierd?

At least i think its the tone-pot. It started after I the 'switches' off and put em back on again.

The problem is that my neck pick-up (and just the neck pickup) on my Les paul, is sounding wierd. Its very muddy and much lower volume than the bridge pup. At room level i can only barely hear the neck pup. if i turn up the volume on my amp ill start to hear it more.

Its very muddy, and seems to lack treble, however, if i turn doen the volume on the guitar to around 5, the bass dissapears and becomes very trebly, but also starte to crackle a bit.

Here ar ea couple of pictures of the pot.




and heres a bit of sound

https://soundcloud.com/tobyflyr/vol-pot-problem

What can it be? As i said, i started after i had the 'switche' or 'buttons' off and put them back on. Or could it be the pick-up instead?
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Old 10-06-2013, 12:23 PM   #2
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What pickups are you using? I ask because I see what looks like an EMG quick connect system and if you're running an active into 500k pots then that's just not going to sound good at all.
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Old 10-06-2013, 12:30 PM   #3
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Standard epiphone les paul pickups i dont know the model, but whatever is stock in those

THey worked fine before, and the bridge pickup is still working
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Old 10-06-2013, 01:50 PM   #4
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What are you referring to by "switches or buttons"? What exatcly did you do to the guitar? Doesn't look like you altered the solder joints.
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Old 10-06-2013, 02:10 PM   #5
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I meant knobs :P I had the volume and tone knobs pulled off because they we're pointing in all sorts of different directions.
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Old 10-06-2013, 02:13 PM   #6
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It looks like one of the lugs of your neck tone pot (top right in that picture you posted) is touching the wood on the edge of the routing. If that's the case then I'd bet that's conductive paint and it's draining some of the signal.
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Old 10-06-2013, 02:18 PM   #7
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It looks like one of the lugs of your neck tone pot (top right in that picture you posted) is touching the wood on the edge of the routing. If that's the case then I'd bet that's conductive paint and it's draining some of the signal.

Wow, I totally missed that...

TS: If fixing that doesnt help, try turning the knobs rapidly back and forth through the full sweep of the pots several times.

If that doesn't work, try playing while pushing and pulling rather hard on the pot shafts.

Post the results of both tests.
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Old 10-06-2013, 04:59 PM   #8
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I actually think it was the paint thing.. Wow, amazingly spotted Lavatain!!

In the mean time I've had the volume pot out, opened, cleaned and reinserted, but that didnt help.. Now it works again

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