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I’m opening this thread because I’m doing a chameleon paint job on this Fender Squire Jazz Bass........BUT........ as I was taking it apart, one of the volume/tone control pots broke, I think. Can this be fixed or does the pot need replacing? 

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I have never seen a pot break like that. I would choose to replace it. Maybe even replace all 3 of them. Get something of better quality.


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Get something of better quality.

@igeorgebot Yeah I was even thinking of replacing the pickups too. I didn’t really need the expense at the moment though, I’ll just get it painted for now. 👍

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Have you tried just pushing it back in @boo? 🤔 

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Have you tried just pushing it back in @boo?

@russ Of course. 😁 It will stay in there but it just keeps turning and turning, not doing anything useful. It doesn’t stop the guitar from working, it’s just annoying. I could do without soldering if possible, it’s my least favourite job in guitar building. 

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Pushing it back in rarely (if ever) works, it’s definitely time for a new pot. 

You can’t get away without soldering anyway as those pickups have to come out and go back in. (Or new ones, better)

You can snip the wires at the pots for now so you don’t have to get out the iron twice but either way, soldier on with the soldering!

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You can’t get away without soldering anyway as those pickups have to come out and go back in. (Or new ones, better)

@mattbeels I might just order a premade replacement, already soldered. I know I’ll have to solder the pickup wires back on but at least most of it will have been done. 

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I might just order a premade replacement, already soldered. 

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Yeah, that’s one way of not improving your soldering skills. Why not just order a pre made neck to go with it? 🤔 

 

 

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Yeah, that’s one way of not improving your soldering skills. Why not just order a pre made neck to go with it?

@mattbeels I might just buy a new bass. 🤣🤣🤣🤣

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I might just buy a new bass. 🤣🤣🤣

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Just so long as it has a chameleon paint job 😉

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Just so long as it has a chameleon paint job

@mattbeels Doh! 😖

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I mixed the paint. 😁 

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Look at the shiny shiny paint. 😁 

 

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Looks super cool!

Is that a viscosity guage or whatever it might be called?

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Is that a viscosity guage or whatever it might be called?

@mattbeels No, it’s just a paint ratio mixing stick. 

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No, it’s just a paint ratio mixing stick. 

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and I learned something about paint ratio mixing sticks! 🤪

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Look at the shiny shiny paint.

Looking forward to seeing you paint with this @boo

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Ive got some pots lying around from when I used to be interested in electronics. Was going to have a clear out one day so if you know the value, probably 250 or 500k ohms logarithmic or linear, I’ve probably got one I could send you.

The centre bit on yours that has pulled out is usually just a push in, but there should be a tab on the end to stop it falling out. When you replace its worth taking the old one apart just to find out how they work.

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Ive got some pots lying around from when I used to be interested in electronics. Was going to have a clear out one day so if you know the value, probably 250 or 500k ohms logarithmic or linear, I’ve probably got one I could send you.

The centre bit on yours that has pulled out is usually just a push in, but there should be a tab on the end to stop it falling out. When you replace its worth taking the old one apart just to find out how they work.

@rocknroller912 I’ll have a look tomorrow what the value is and let you know. Yeah I’ve never taken one apart before and I’ve always wondered what magic is inside that makes them work. 👍

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Nothing complicated inside it’s just a carbon track connected to the rotating centre terminal. Either of the outside lugs can be connected to ground depending on which way you want it to turn. Sorry to be basic, do you know the difference between log and linear.

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