Cleaning your pots

Discussion in 'Technical Side of Things' started by new6659, Jan 14, 2020 at 12:42 AM.

  1. new6659

    new6659 Synchromatic

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    Dec 10, 2018
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    I just brought out a 2003 SG Standard and I find that the bridge pick up volume pot is not working correctly - always full on when that pickup is selected. It probably just need to be cleaned and I'm wondering what do you use and how do you do it. Many of these types of cleaning products do not ship by air so if anyone is from Canada your responses would be appreciated. Maybe a new pot is in order? Maybe just flood it with isopropyl alcohol?
     
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2020 at 1:38 AM
  2. mschafft

    mschafft Synchromatic

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    Jan 19, 2017
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    try the alcohol trick on this pot, then dump it if it doesn't work.
     
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  3. new6659

    new6659 Synchromatic

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    Thanks for that @mschafft!
     
  4. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

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    DeOxIt. If you can't find that, then pure 200 proof ethyl alcohol. NEVER use rubbing alcohol due to the additives.
     
  5. Groutsch

    Groutsch Gretschie

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    Jun 9, 2018
    Maryland, US
    DeOxIt D5 from CAIG is the contact cleaner that seems most recommended. Remove the pot so you can spray the DeOxIt inside it, then work the pot back and forth. There are videos about "how to clean guitar pots" such as

    and

    For Canadian sources of DeOxIt, see the list of distributors.
     
  6. new6659

    new6659 Synchromatic

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    Thanks for that also @wabash slim. I actually have a couple of liters of absolute ethanol on hand so I may give that a try (I'm an applied (and now, I think, retired), plant pathologist who, once upon a time, commonly cultured microorganisms). As far as I know, the isopropyl is 70% isopropyl and 30% water. Is there more than that? I wouldn't have thought so??
     
  7. new6659

    new6659 Synchromatic

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    Thanks @Groutsch!
     
  8. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

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    I used pure ethyl---200 proof, 100% alcohol---that our theater got thru the Uni's chemistry stores. I have a large aluminum syringe device that screws over a standard pot shaft that can inject the alcohol thru the pot. It's one thing using this in an amp rack, but quite another in a wooden bodied guitar. With a cleaner/lubricant like DeOxIt, it comes with a small plastic tube, like WD-40, that you can insert into the rear of the pot at the terminals. Hard telling how you'd get alcohol in there otherwise. We'd use alcohol to clean film projectors and reel to reel tape recorders as well.
     
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  9. BrianW

    BrianW Synchromatic

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    Another vote for DeOxit - bought it at the local Lordco if memory serves. Expensive but cleared up a couple of scratchy pots on a 1960 Gent like magic.

    Good luck
     
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  10. Robbie

    Robbie Country Gent

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    DeoxIT D5. Most Long & McQuade stores keep it. What City are you in?
     
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  11. Gregor

    Gregor Gretschie

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    Yep, on both counts.
     
  12. Charlie westside

    Charlie westside Country Gent

    Jul 27, 2018
    Sylmar Califirnia
    Dose the same apply for the pick up selector? Thanks
     
  13. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

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    Ought to. I'd say to use a Q-Tip or a rough pipe cleaner dipped in alcohol.
     
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  14. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

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    Cleaning pots.

    I just had a horrible flashback to basic training and KP duty. Wound up on pots and pans detail. Steaming hot water by the gallon, high pressure, and did everything from frying pans to garbage cans.

    I can still remember the smell.
     
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  15. new6659

    new6659 Synchromatic

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    Aylmer. I'll look for it in London next time I'm there.
     
  16. DaddyDog

    DaddyDog Country Gent

    Sep 18, 2011
    Mississauga, Canada
    Order it online, and request to pick up in store. Then you won't waste a trip. I got the last can in Mississauga. They don't seem to keep it well stocked. Try Canadian Tire too. I've seen it there.
     
  17. new6659

    new6659 Synchromatic

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    Thanks for that!
     
  18. pmac11

    pmac11 Country Gent

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  19. Charlie westside

    Charlie westside Country Gent

    Jul 27, 2018
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    Thank you so much. Will do.
     
  20. Gregor

    Gregor Gretschie

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    Oct 17, 2018
    New Brunswick, Canada
    Absolutely! worked on mine at least(Deoxit that is). The bridge pickup would cut out intermittently. Sprayed the switch after taking off the cover and voila! Been fine ever since. Good for amps as well.
     
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