Gibson Branded Pots Suck (A Rant)

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  1. Malchik

    Malchik Senior Member

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    I have had such bad luck with Gibson pots. I have had three Les Paul Customs (two new) in the past few years and they all had scratchy pots. My new custom spec'd Les Paul Custom, a guitar that is only two weeks out of the factory, has two scratchy volume pots. It wasn't until practice that I had the volume to a point where the chatter became obvious. I have had Rickenbackers and cheap Ibanez's that have not failed in the pot department as much as Gibson has. Rant over.
     

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    you could always swap them with 250k alpha pots :dunno:
     
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  4. Kris Ford

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    They should have not stopped using CTS early 1995ish..
     
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    cybermgk Singin' the body lectric Premium Member V.I.P. Member

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    Um, considering what Rics cost, I would hope they had no issues.
     
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    i did the Memphis factory tour in June, and unless i completely misunderstood, there appeared to be a station that put the pots together from the components, i couldnt get a view to see if they were in fact doing that, or if what they meant was they were putting the components together for the guy to solder the harnesses for quick installation.
    either way, i find my gibson pots to feel loose compared to the cts in my tokai or even to alpha pots..
     
  7. Malchik

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    The taper of the pots is pretty decent, they do feel loose to turn. Maybe I'll try some contact cleaner but I think I'll just install an RS Guitar Works harness.
     
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    I come across these threads from time to time: "Gibson pots suck, Gibson pickups suck, Gibson wiring sucks, Gibson tuners suck." If you bought the guitar to modify it because you're bored with just having a great guitar, admit it.
     
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  9. Malchik

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    No, I didn't pay $7700 dollars for a guitar with scratchy pots and loose pickup selector. I custom ordered this guitar to my spec so I didn't have to do anything to it.
     
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    matt@msscguitar www.MSSCGuitar.com Premium Member MLP Vendor V.I.P. Member

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    I reasonably sure the Gibson branded pots were made for them by CGE.

    Either way, they are mediocre at best.
     
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    I couldn't see Gibson building their own pots in house..More likely the second scenario.
     
  12. Malchik

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    I'm pretty sure all pots are now manufactured in East Asia.
     
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    They seem to have the widest (+/-) tolerance % going.
     
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    I was just noticing the same issue with my Standard's pots. I thought Gibson still used CTS but I guess I was wrong... My Bridge Volume pot already feels worn out an loose after a couple years of playing. Both Vols are scratchy too! All my other Guitars with CTS don't do this. I guess it's time to change out whole PCB board....kind of a pitty to pay over 3k for a guitar with cheap pots in it.....
     
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    It depends on whether Gibson paid their suppliers on time or not. I have several friends that are current and former Gibson employees and I've heard more than one story about them putting cheap no-name pots, caps, tuners, etc on $2K-$4K guitars just to make quota when their regular suppliers had cut them off due to non-payment. These stories all reportedly occured during the last 5-7 years, btw...
     
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    $7700 is a lot of money. You have a warranty claim I suppose. Hope there's a local shop that will help you out, or contact Gibson I guess.
     
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    I just replace them in all my LPs. Even my R7. Jonesy's 50s harness has never failed me. Gig with them all in five different LPs.

    I got this 65 Silvertone brand new for Christmas when I was a kid. Still have it. All original. Gibson mini-buckers. All the controls still work just like new. No scratch or crackle at all and I have never cleaned them.
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    So I flushed out all four pots with contact cleaner and spun the knobs about a hundred times each and still get a very audible crackle when turning the volume down from about two to zero. Also the neck treble scratches a lot, too. The only pot that seems to work is the bridge tone control.
     
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    So you're saying the contact cleaner didn't fix the problem?
     
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    The push-pull pots on the Studios I tested felt cheap, it felt wobbly and almost no resistance when I roll off the volume...

    My biggest beef is definitely the PCB board, I'm thinking of ripping them out of my 50's Tribute and rewire them into 50's wiring...
     
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