#1
I paid them to install a killswitch onto my Ibanez Iceman ICT700. They said it worked. I paid. Went home. Plugged it in. Everything is fine I think. Basically, they switched out my tone pot for my kill switch, which is what I ordered.

However, I assumed they'd keep the pot floating in the back compartment, but they actually removed it. They gave my my guitar and the tone knob connected to the pot. Is that ok...? I also think that my tone wasn't set to it's highest, which is what I wanted it at.

-Is there some way I can touch the wire of the removed pot to whereever (instead of soldering), then turn the knob to max the tone?
-Is it okay of the tone pot was completely removed?

Pic of knob/pot:


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#2
um.. I'm pretty sure if you don't have a tone knob, it's at max. All a tone knob does is cut treble. It can't add any. The capacitor cuts treble, and without it, you can't cut it. And yes, it's fine that it's gone.
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#3
I'm not really sure what it is your asking.
Are you saying you replaced your Tone Pot with a Killswitch, but still want the functionality of a Tone Pot?



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#4
When a tone knob is "set to it's highest" it has the least effect on the signal. A tone pot really just sends more treble to ground the lower you turn it. So removing it allows the least treble to go to ground.
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how much was it?
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#8
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$30+2 for button.

HOLY ****!! What a rip. I coulda gone to radioshack, bought a switch, gone home, and done it in 10 minutes + $2..

That's how much those tech make eh?? *evil laughter*
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#9
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HOLY ****!! What a rip. I coulda gone to radioshack, bought a switch, gone home, and done it in 10 minutes + $2..

That's how much those tech make eh?? *evil laughter*


Meh. $8 for solder gun, $2 for button = $10 and not knowing what I'm doing / risking breaking something

$32 for quickly done job by a professional.
#10
Quote by apak
HOLY ****!! What a rip. I coulda gone to radioshack, bought a switch, gone home, and done it in 10 minutes + $2..

That's how much those tech make eh?? *evil laughter*


Well it takes 10 minutes, YOU UNDERSTAND THAT!

HE PAID FOR THOSE 10 MINUTES.

he paid a lot, but its okay he did not mess up his guitar, which is more important
#11
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Well it takes 10 minutes, YOU UNDERSTAND THAT!

HE PAID FOR THOSE 10 MINUTES.

he paid a lot, but its okay he did not mess up his guitar, which is more important

He did pay for those ten minutes... with however many minutes it took to drive to the tech. Then, he has to go back home. then go back to the tech. Then, take the guitar home. If that drive is 10 minutes each, then he paid 4 times more just in time, then paid the guy $30 for labor.

Anyways, as long as it works... I think you gotta find a new tech. I have one that does pickup changes to EMG's for $30 including a free stereo jack. I still think that is a rip.
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#13
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^ Your tech is ripping himself off.

haha. That's all he does. Wiring. he's not even a tech. Just a guitar wiring guy who wires guitars and does mods for fun or something haha. It's probably a side thing. The setup guy is $30 for full setup. It was OK. Never had a setup before that, so I can't compare.
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#14
Everything was done exactly as it should be - your guitar is right, and fine.

Quote by apak
HOLY ****!! What a rip. I coulda gone to radioshack, bought a switch, gone home, and done it in 10 minutes + $2..

That's how much those tech make eh?? *evil laughter*


As to the price - I would have charged $40 +parts. If anyone thinks that is too much, wait until you go out and try to run a business. Rent, insurance, tools, inventory, utilities, banking and taxes, etc., then time spent in book work, phone calls, emails, parts ordering, incoming/outgoing customer service at the counter, tooling maintenance and updates......

I bill at $80/hr with a minimum 1/2 hour bench fee. If you imagine a perfect world where I actually bill 40 hours a week and have no overhead, you could think I was making $160k/yr. Back in the real world, where I'm lucky if 1/4 to 1/3 of my working ours are billable, and after figuring in the overhead, I'd probably be doing better as a mechanic at a local auto dealership.

If you can do the work on your own or have a hobbyist friend who is actually competent, more power to you. No skin off my back, and I'm glad to weed out the cheapskates by quoting high. I'm backed up months doing restorations, neck resets, refrets, bridge reglues, where people are glad to pay fairly for my time, and by the time I talk to the owner, write up a bill, get it on and off the bench, and settle the transaction, nickel and dime jobs like this end up more often as a net loss than a gain.

I hope you go to try and run a business some day. I think you'll see things a bit differently then.
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#16
did you want all treble or all bass tone?

I prefer bass to come from the amp so I installed a treble pass cap in the vol control.


** $32 is not a lot. you have to keep these guys in business or they'll end up working fries instead of guitars.
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