Sound when volume knob is at 0

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  1. bada222

    bada222 Member

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    Hey folks,

    My Les Paul Custom's Bridge Pickup's volume knob seems to be acting weird...
    Even with the volume knob rolled down to 0, there's sound when I play.

    Its not the same with the neck pup where it will mute correctly when the volume is at 0.

    I'm guessing its the pot thats bad, and does anyone think/know that this issue is actually effecting my tone at the same time as well?

    Thanks.
     
  2. deadringer

    deadringer Senior Member

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    Sounds like the far right lug is not grounded to the back of the pot correctly. If you can solder, just heat it up and re-ground it. Otherwise take it to a tech. If that doesn't fix the problem, then replace the pot.
     
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  3. upl8tr

    upl8tr Senior Member

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    Don't jump to conclusions about faulty pots, it may simply be that the knob is misaligned.

    Remove the knob (use a shoe lace or rag if it's stiff) and turn the barrel down to zero then check to see if there's still sound, if not place the knob back on in the right position and you should be good to go! :thumb:

    (If it's still the same then yer you're prolly looking at the pot.)
     
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  4. BWOTW

    BWOTW Senior Member

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    Defintely a wiring issue, try these suggestions above! My Yamaha SG also did this, but it was a 35 year old guitar that probably hadn't had an electronics check up in quite some time. Never bothered me, though :)
     
  5. Thiago

    Thiago Senior Member

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    Why would anyone need to take the knob off to roll the barrel all the way down to 0? Just roll it till it stops! The numbers are just refference...
     
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  6. Gibsonrocknroll

    Gibsonrocknroll Senior Member

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    +1
     
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    vulture Senior Member

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    Keep it on 10, or 11.
     
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  8. martin6string

    martin6string Premium Member V.I.P. Member

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    Exactly.

    The probable fix has already been mentioned. Re-heat the ground tab on the pot and flow a bit of fresh solder.
     

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