Reusing pots and switches

Discussion in 'V.C.'s Parlor' started by DUSTER, Feb 11, 2019.

  1. DUSTER

    DUSTER Squier-Meister

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    How often or how many times do you reuse pots, switches, etc.? I try to if they still work fine but I have some pots that have been soldered so many times they look like chewing gum on the back.....lol. I think it's time for a few new ones.
     
  2. MadJack

    MadJack Squier Talker

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    I rewired two guitars this past weekend. One needed new pots, as I didn't have any extra 250KΩ pots. The other the pots are in their third guitar. It works just fine. I do remove as much of the old solder with a solder sucker whenever I remove them.
     
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  3. Lonn

    Lonn Administrator Staff Member

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    I just put pots in my newest partscaster that looked as old as me. They work fine.
     
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  4. JohnnyMac

    JohnnyMac Squier-Meister

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    Just today I put some new but recently used quality pots and 5 way switch in a guitar. What a mess. Next time I'll completely desolder and clean all of the lugs and start as fresh as possible. Or just buy new pots.

    Or learn to use less solder in the first place. :confused:
     
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  5. Davis Sharp

    Davis Sharp Dr. Squier

    Jan 7, 2016
    Maryland, USA
    I use a multimeter to check the pots. If they work, I re-use them. One of our members posted a trick where you can use a wire to ground the vol pot to the case (instead of folding it back) and then solder all the other ground wires to that. Makes for a better looking case and reduces the chances of frying the pot.
     
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  6. dbrian66

    dbrian66 Squier-holic

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    If I am rewiring a guitar, I always use new pots. They really are pretty cheap to buy. But I keep old ones that I know are good in the parts bin in case I need one unexpectedly.
     
  7. fattboyzz

    fattboyzz Squier-holic

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    Nov 29, 2017
    Newnan ,Ga.
    While I do have a set of Alpha pots for spares that a member here gave me and he said he removed them when he got the guitar new.

    If I'm building a new loaded guard ,then I'm gonna use new parts ,or find a deal on a loaded guard that has what I want already in it.


    But I see nothing wrong with using good parts either :0)
     
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  8. strat_strummer

    strat_strummer Squier-holic

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    Nov 24, 2018
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    I haven't had any fail me yet but when I do work on them and reuse the pots I use a solder-sucker. It keeps them cleaned up nice.
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  9. so1om

    so1om Dr. Squier

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    Feb 10, 2010
    Chicago
    If they work, I use them. Get some soldering braid or a solder sucker -or heat it up well and drop it on the table. The excess solder will splash right off.
     
  10. JohnnyMac

    JohnnyMac Squier-Meister

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    My mistake was to install them in the guard partially wired up from the last installation. Since I was going to wire them in a different way I should have cleaned them first.

    I was also impatient. I was out of solder wick to remove the solder from the body of the pots.

    I like the idea of heating them up and dropping them on the table. I'll make sure that I'm wearing pants when I do that. :eek:
     
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2019
  11. LutherBurger

    LutherBurger Squier-holic

    Sep 2, 2015
    NYC
    This technique never occurred to me, but it ably fits my longtime personal motto, "Brute Force and Ignorance".

    Thanks, man. :)
     
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  12. MadJack

    MadJack Squier Talker

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    Don't do this on a bare dinner table! Your wife might not appreciate it too much! :mad:
     
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  13. JohnnyMac

    JohnnyMac Squier-Meister

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    Righto. I think I'll try it in the garage. ;)
     
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