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    2013 Luke III

    Hello all,
    I have a new to me sunburst Luke III with the rosewood neck. Everything seems to be in order except the tone knob/boost. The boost works fine, but the tone function works in reverse compared to other tone knobs.
    To better explain, when I roll off the tone counterclockwise to traditionally make the sound bassier, it actually gives it more treble. to make it bassier i have to roll it clockwise. I spoke with a fella at EBMM last evening and he believes its a faulty pot.
    Have any of you luke owners ever experienced this? I bought the guitar online through a shop and am in the trial period right now. Guitar plays and sounds great otherwise and is in excellent plus condition otherwise.
    Thanks for any advice.
    Dave

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    Congrats. Contact customer service

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    The tone pot is soldered directly to the PCB and there isn't really room for it to be installed backward. I'm guessing someone did some aftermarket rewiring at some point. Hopefully they left the original board in there, the version used in the 2013 guitars isn't being made anymore.

    Congrats on your NGD, are there any pics yet? If not, you should get one of the control cavity and post it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silver Mallard View Post
    Hello all,
    I have a new to me sunburst Luke III with the rosewood neck. Everything seems to be in order except the tone knob/boost. The boost works fine, but the tone function works in reverse compared to other tone knobs.
    To better explain, when I roll off the tone counterclockwise to traditionally make the sound bassier, it actually gives it more treble. to make it bassier i have to roll it clockwise. I spoke with a fella at EBMM last evening and he believes its a faulty pot.
    Have any of you luke owners ever experienced this? I bought the guitar online through a shop and am in the trial period right now. Guitar plays and sounds great otherwise and is in excellent plus condition otherwise.
    Thanks for any advice.
    Dave
    Send it back to the shop or at least talk to them. It is a new guitar or a used one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by msquared View Post
    The tone pot is soldered directly to the PCB and there isn't really room for it to be installed backward. I'm guessing someone did some aftermarket rewiring at some point. Hopefully they left the original board in there, the version used in the 2013 guitars isn't being made anymore.

    Congrats on your NGD, are there any pics yet? If not, you should get one of the control cavity and post it.
    I looked inside the control cavity and nothing seems to be out of place. The board has 2 trim pots and the tone knob looks original. Ispoke wjth a guy at ernie ball and he confirmed mine is an early LIII. how hard is it to replace tone knob?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silver Mallard View Post
    how hard is it to replace tone knob?
    If you're handy with a soldering iron it's easy. Customer support will sell you a replacement push/pull and it's three solder points on the board. Taking the whole thing apart, putting the new tone pot on, and putting it all back together is easily done inside of an hour.

    If you aren't handy with a soldering iron, any competent tech at any guitar shop can do it for you.
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