Frozen tone pots

Truth011

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So out of the blue both of my tone knobs on My 53/57 Goldtop conversion are frozen solid . They are 1957 pots and caps. The last time I played the guitar a few days ago they were working perfectly. Any thoughts?
 

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Someone turned them too far. Wife, child, you? :shock:
 

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i put a heat pump in the rec room where i have been using the guitar. its less humid and warmer, could that be a factor?
 

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That shouldn't have made a difference.
Certainly not "frozen solid" within 3 days.
 

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Tried spraying some contact cleaner in it?
If that doesn’t work...
 

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Time to make a call. The thing that i find the strangest is it's both
tone pots. These old guitars............
 

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So a good news update. I called my tech and he said I should replace the pots. I though why not pull them out and give them a good cleaning with deoxit. I had to do it a couple of times and let them sit but they are now working as good as new. Deoxit will be part of my yearly maintenance from now on.
 

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So a good news update. I called my tech and he said I should replace the pots. I though why not pull them out and give them a good cleaning with deoxit. I had to do it a couple of times and let them sit but they are now working as good as new. Deoxit will be part of my yearly maintenance from now on.
No, don’t use it unless you have to. Sparingly is better than routine. Just play the guitar and use the tone pots or turn them back and forth 10 times once a month.
 

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If it's necessary, the pots can be disassembled, cleaned thoroughly and degreased, then regreased and reassembled. 50 year old grease is probably not very good anymore.
 


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