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Thread: 2015 LUKE III removing preamp circuit options/questions

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    Quote Originally Posted by jasonk931 View Post
    Mine is a 2019 Sterling Luke Blueberry Burst. I emailed the custom shop about it. Is that the correct connection to order? I want the upgraded Musicman Luke iii version. I love the onboard boost.
    If you have a Sterling by Musicman LK100, you do not have a Luke. They will not exchange your Sterling by Musicman LK100 wiring for the Luke III wiring.
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    The only downer for me about the LIII is its pots. On mine at least, they are extremely low friction, to the point where they feel downright loose, so it's not easy to 'set' them in a specific position and it's really easy to knock them from where they've been set. They feel cheap and nasty (even though I'm sure they're not), especially the volume push/push, it's just so loose it's unreal.
    Also, my tone pot is really noisy, it crackles a lot, despite having put cleaner in it, and trying to work the crackles out of it.
    1993 LUKE I Pearl Blue DOB: 15/12/1993
    1998 LUKE II Luke Blue DOB: 05/10/1998 Signed by Lucious
    2012 LUKE II PDN Classic Honey Burst DOB: 31/08/2012
    2013 LIII HH Bodhi Blue DOB: 17/09/2013


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    Quote Originally Posted by Craiguitar View Post
    The only downer for me about the LIII is its pots. On mine at least, they are extremely low friction
    I hear you on this one - it's my only minor complaint about the LIII. I've tried putting felt / rubber washers under the knob, but it's not exactly right.

    I'm just trying to be more conscious about not hitting the pot with my picking hand.

    But man, what a killer guitar.

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    I may have to replace the boost pot on my Luke III, as it's scratchy when I engage/disengage the boost. I haven't found the pots to be too low friction, but I also have a 2012, so they may need some lubrication by now.

    Lukather may just want very easy to move pots for volume swells.
    2007 Stingray 5 HS Cherry Burst / Maple FB / 3 Band EQ / Ceramic Pickups
    2012 Stingray 5 H Pearl Blue / Rosewood FB / 3 Band EQ/ AlNiCo Pickup
    2012 Steve Morse Morse Blueburst / Rosewood FB
    2012 Luke III SSH Vintage Sunburst / Rosewood Neck

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    I had tried the felt washers as well, and you're right, they don't work.
    I'd like to know if anyone has found a viable alternative to these pots. I'd swap them in a heartbeat for some that have better friction.
    1993 LUKE I Pearl Blue DOB: 15/12/1993
    1998 LUKE II Luke Blue DOB: 05/10/1998 Signed by Lucious
    2012 LUKE II PDN Classic Honey Burst DOB: 31/08/2012
    2013 LIII HH Bodhi Blue DOB: 17/09/2013


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  6. #21

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    Quote Originally Posted by Craiguitar View Post
    I had tried the felt washers as well, and you're right, they don't work.
    I'd like to know if anyone has found a viable alternative to these pots. I'd swap them in a heartbeat for some that have better friction.
    I had a tough time trying to find replacement 25k (volume) pots. EMG had them for sale but it was hit and miss everywhere else other than directly from EBMM. Finding replacements for the 500k tone pot was easy but only EBMM had the push/push version of this.

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    I guess we are stuck with the original push/push that's there. Both pots on my LIII were already pretty loose feeling, but because they were both scratchy sounding, I had to resort to spraying them several times with contact cleaner. Good for the wiper, but in the process, it tends to dissolve the damping grease on the shaft itself. That made them even more loose!
    If there was a decent method for re-introducing damping grease onto the pot shafts, that would be a big help.
    1993 LUKE I Pearl Blue DOB: 15/12/1993
    1998 LUKE II Luke Blue DOB: 05/10/1998 Signed by Lucious
    2012 LUKE II PDN Classic Honey Burst DOB: 31/08/2012
    2013 LIII HH Bodhi Blue DOB: 17/09/2013


    Fractal FC12
    Matrix GT1000FX
    Marshall 4x12 & 2x12

  8. #23

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    push/push is the most delicate switch design, but the fastest to switch. Push Pull much more robust. But it is Mr.Lukather´s choice and you are buying a signature guitar. Change it to the latter.
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  9. #24

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    Quote Originally Posted by Craiguitar View Post
    I guess we are stuck with the original push/push that's there. Both pots on my LIII were already pretty loose feeling, but because they were both scratchy sounding, I had to resort to spraying them several times with contact cleaner. Good for the wiper, but in the process, it tends to dissolve the damping grease on the shaft itself. That made them even more loose!
    If there was a decent method for re-introducing damping grease onto the pot shafts, that would be a big help.
    Don't they have cleaners that also contain a lubricant? I'm also pretty sure you can get damping grease. The problem is getting it back on the shaft in a way that's not more work than just replacing the pot.

    My Luke III is pretty quiet, and the only time it makes noise is when I engage/disengage the boost. I rarely use the boost so it doesn't really matter to me. I do need to replace the barrel jack, as the contacts inside have been bent.
    2007 Stingray 5 HS Cherry Burst / Maple FB / 3 Band EQ / Ceramic Pickups
    2012 Stingray 5 H Pearl Blue / Rosewood FB / 3 Band EQ/ AlNiCo Pickup
    2012 Steve Morse Morse Blueburst / Rosewood FB
    2012 Luke III SSH Vintage Sunburst / Rosewood Neck

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    I can't say I use the onboard boost much. Swapping it to push/push is a solid idea.

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