#1
I have what I believe is an '81 Ibanez Destroyer II (MIJ) that shorts in and out when I move the guitar around. It's been in a case for years without me doing anything with it, but I want to get it fixed back up and playable with no issues. The pickups themselves are working fine and sound good - not sure what they are but I am guessing Dimarzio's. Anyways, I am thinking about getting it fixed up and am just curious how long it takes to fix up the pots and input jacks. Thanks guys.
#2
Actual time? An hour or two, depending on how much is wrong with the wiring. Just swapping out the pots and input jack should take about an hour, but it sounds like it may need more work. There's more than just the pots and jack to consider, so if it turns out it needs a full rewiring then it will take longer - especially if your tech starts out by just replacing the pots and switch, and the problem persists.

Note that actual time does not count for much at a guitar shop. If the tech only comes in to pick up repair jobs on Tuesdays and you show up Wednesday, and he's busy, that one hour job could easily take two weeks to get back to you. If he's got a bench in the back of the shop and nothing to work on that afternoon, he might do it while you wait.

Just take it to a tech. They'll be able to give you an estimate, we can't know what their workload and pace are like.
#3
Quote by Roc8995
Actual time? An hour or two, depending on how much is wrong with the wiring. Just swapping out the pots and input jack should take about an hour, but it sounds like it may need more work. There's more than just the pots and jack to consider, so if it turns out it needs a full rewiring then it will take longer - especially if your tech starts out by just replacing the pots and switch, and the problem persists.

Note that actual time does not count for much at a guitar shop. If the tech only comes in to pick up repair jobs on Tuesdays and you show up Wednesday, and he's busy, that one hour job could easily take two weeks to get back to you. If he's got a bench in the back of the shop and nothing to work on that afternoon, he might do it while you wait.

Just take it to a tech. They'll be able to give you an estimate, we can't know what their workload and pace are like.


Thanks. I was mostly just curious about actual time. My tech has always been very fast at getting stuff done for me. I was just curious what the actual "hands on time" would be and you answered it. Thanks a bunch!
#4
I fixed it! Bought some electrical contact cleaner and sprayed all the switches and pots and input jack. Everything working perfect now! Must have just been some dirt and dust in there causing issues. Now it just needs a change of strings, a fret Polish, and oil the fretboard and it'll be ready to rock. Love this thing!



After doing some research, I found out it was made in October 1981 at the Terada Plant in Japan. The original color was Regal Blue, but somewhere along the line it was painted this pearlescent white it is now. In light it gets a bluish or pinkish tint. I really like it, the painter did a great job.
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#5
^ nice
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#6
Before you do anything, buy a can of Deoxit and spray it into the pots, then rotate the knob stop to stop like 10-20 times. That should clean it out. Do it for each. The Deoxit is like $15-18. Worth every penny.

Don't change anything if it isn't truly broken.
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Before you do anything, buy a can of Deoxit and spray it into the pots, then rotate the knob stop to stop like 10-20 times. That should clean it out. Do it for each. The Deoxit is like $15-18. Worth every penny.

Don't change anything if it isn't truly broken.
See post #4; he already did. But yeah, contact cleaner is a strong contender for the most useful guitar repair tool.

Nice piece of kit, OP
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#8
Wow.. Need to get my old eyes checked again. Don't know how I missed that.
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