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    Scratchy Pots

    Hi, one of my older stingrays (a 78) has a scratchy treble pot.

    It used to be ok but now noticeably scratches when I turn the treble pot.

    Used WD40 which fixed it for a few weeks but now its back.

    Does the pot need replacing or is there another fix ?

    Thanks

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    My old mate Kenito

    The pot probably does need replacing. Your local dealer can order it from Ernie Ball.

    A good trick is that when you get the new pot, you can put its carbon track into your old pot casing (to keep things looking original).
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    You can try this also. I've never used WD40 on a bass so I can't say how they'd compare.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GassieBall View Post
    You can try this also. I've never used WD40 on a bass so I can't say how they'd compare.

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    No WD40 on pots use a cleaner and lube. Deoxit and caiglube are the best I've found. Another little trick is to use a Qtip and a cleaner to clean the output jack.

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    Caig FaderLube will do the trick on pots and faders. It both cleans and lubricates the pot.

    For less money than the spray, just replace the pot. This is the superior solution, especially considering the age of the pot.

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    Scratchy Pots, hey that was my nickname back in high school.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Psycho Ward View Post
    Scratchy Pots, hey that was my nickname back in high school.

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    Jusr replace it. Its a simple fix, and your bass will be perfect. I have done it on lots of guitars and never regretted it!
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