Dr.Tong
Prog-Core \m/
Join date: May 2010
2,572 IQ
#1
I overhauled a MIM Strat last year and it's been wonderful to me, especially with it's lovely DiMarzio Petrucci humbuckers. But in the past few months I've been noticing a bit of a thinner tone in the pickups and also when I touch the volume knob (only 1 volume knob and nothing else and when I say touch, I mean even with my picking hand by accident) the signal crackles and the tone goes REALLY thin. So obviously my soldering job from a year ago is kinda sucky but I'm normally quite a good solderer. I'll go back and check if I made any weak connections but I'm thinking it must be the mediocre solder I bought on sale, it's mostly tin with some lead and like .5% silver. In other words it was about 5 bucks for the spool. Is this acceptable solder or should I be using better solder? Or did I just do a bad solder job? thanks guys
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Phoenix V
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Join date: Mar 2011
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#2
If the pot body is well secured to the guitar body, then if touching the pot rotor causes crackling or thin sound it could well be the pot itself is intermittent. Does spinning the volume control cause also this?

I the pot body itself does not move, and you believe you did a good solder job to begin with, then the solder joint itself won't move to cause any crackle

Either way, you'll need to open her up and have a look.

For the record, I prefer 60/40 lead/tin 0.7mm solder for all my electronic work.
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Last edited by Phoenix V at Nov 22, 2012,
Dr.Tong
Prog-Core \m/
Join date: May 2010
2,572 IQ
#3
the pot jiggles a little, but nothing that seemed too concerning... I guess I'm wrong haha
I bought the pot brand new when I overhauled the guitar so I don't think there's anything wrong with it. When I turn the pot, it crackles if the pot jiggles more than usual or when I hit 10 vol or 1 vol.
-Gibson SG Faded
-Ibanez RG5EX1L
-Custom Upside-Down Strat
-Modded Epiphone LP
-Fender Acoustic
*Marshall DSL15H
>Ibanez TS9
>MXR Micro Flanger
>Boss TU-3
>Danelectro Vibe
>Guyatone ST-2 Comrpessor
R45VT
Doesn't speak guitar
Join date: Dec 2009
1,110 IQ
#4
Quote by Phoenix V
If the pot body is well secured to the guitar body, then if touching the pot rotor causes crackling or thin sound it could well be the pot itself is intermittent. Does spinning the volume control cause also this?

I the pot body itself does not move, and you believe you did a good solder job to begin with, then the solder joint itself won't move to cause any crackle

Either way, you'll need to open her up and have a look.

For the record, I prefer 60/40 lead/tin 0.7mm solder for all my electronic work.


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I hope they never get rid of the lead/tin solder(its been banned in some areas). Great stuff. Lead free is a PITA.
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