Looking for wiring assistance

Discussion in 'Tech-Talk' started by Bluzy, Nov 14, 2019.

  1. Bluzy

    Bluzy Squier-holic

    Age:
    54
    Nov 20, 2017
    Hudson Valley, NY
    I was playing my Standard the other day and noticed my volume pot seems to have no effect, meaning it stays at one volume (and does not turn off). I pulled the pickguard and compared my wiring to a few on line diagrams and I think it is wired correctly but wanted a few other opinions....bad wiring or bad pot? There Is one bit of wiring on lug 3 to ground on the POT which I am not sure what it does. I never noticed an issue when I first bought this and I did have this apart a while as I gave this a fret level and polish. Thoughts from those of you who know what you’re doing?

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  2. Bluzy

    Bluzy Squier-holic

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    Nov 20, 2017
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    And a close up of the volume POT

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  3. Guitarmageddon

    Guitarmageddon Dr. Squier

    Sep 27, 2014
    nowhere
    Factory wiring or did you modify it @Bluzy ?

    If it's factory, it's probably that somehow the signal from the 3rd right lug on the volume pot to ground on the back of the pot has been lost/disconnected.
     
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  4. Bluzy

    Bluzy Squier-holic

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    I am not the original owner and did not modify the Guitar @Guitarmageddon . The inside of this was a tad beat up when I bought it which makes me wonder if the previous owner did anything
     
  5. Guitarmageddon

    Guitarmageddon Dr. Squier

    Sep 27, 2014
    nowhere
    Wiring looks stock - volume pot wiper might be just super dirty and not turning volume down at all / sending signal to ground....
     
  6. Bluzy

    Bluzy Squier-holic

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    Nov 20, 2017
    Hudson Valley, NY
    Thanks @Guitarmageddon .... I will try the cleaning the POT and then resoldering the wire on lug 3. On a positive note I love the neck since I leveled and polished it. Might shim it to see if I can get the action a little lower
     
  7. Triple Jim

    Triple Jim Squier-holic

    The odd thing is that if the pot were dirty you'd be losing signal. If I understand your post correctly, you can't get it to lose any signal. I'm going with @Guitarmageddon's idea that the volume pot's ground connection has been lost, either due to the external connection, or because the conductive track in the pot is broken.

    You can check the pot end to end with a meter, but you'd have to disconnect the pickups (red wire) first.
     
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  8. Daniel_Doom

    Daniel_Doom Squier Talker

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    Dec 2, 2019
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    DIRT is a big problem. As an old plant mechanic, and going to radio repair school, I have made it a point to always keep a can of De-Oxit around. Give it a good squirt of that, and operate the knob (furiously), back and forth. Plug'er up and see what happens. If no change, the wiper inside the pot has broken, and you should replace it. DeOxit is the best stuff around. Also good for cleaning amp tube sockets. 20191202_200605.jpg
     
  9. Dinomikesr

    Dinomikesr Squier Talker

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    Nov 25, 2019
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    Test the pot with multi meter when you desolder it. If the reading does not go up and down as you turn the pot shaft then you know it's the pot. After cleaning it then it will function correctly or will still have issues and then you'll know whether or not it has to be replaced.
     
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  10. LutherBurger

    LutherBurger Squier-holic

    Sep 2, 2015
    NYC
    When you go in to clean the pot, also look at the pot from the side to see whether the four tabs holding it together are still tight. If they aren't, give each one a squeeze with a pair of needle-nose pliers.
     
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