November 20th, 2011, 11:04 AM
Hi Strat cats, hope you can help me out with a little problem.
Just acquired a 1984 Fullerton '57 Strat re-ish but the tone pots are ineffective - just a straight-thru sound. Opened her up, nothing looks amiss. Is it just the cap needing replacing or something more serious?
Thanx in advance, guys.
November 20th, 2011, 04:32 PM
Hi guy. CHeck fender website for wiring schematics on your model. Old school fenders were wired so the bridge pup had NO tone control. THis can easily be corrected with a jumper wire as shown on current american standards. Compare the wiring diagram of your model, to the current standard. This may have been how they wired the 57 models. That's one thing I don't like about reish's, the wiring was always funny.
If all wiring looks okay compared to diagram, then may need to replace pots/caps.
November 20th, 2011, 04:52 PM
No, let me clarify - both tone controls do NOTHING in ANY position of the selector switch.
November 20th, 2011, 06:26 PM
Well, again verify the wiring with the wiring diagram from fender. Someone may have tinkered with it, or perhaps there is a short the wires. Even the selector switch soldering tips can go bad.
My recommendation is to check Fender for the correct part number of these pots (if you want to be true to original) and buy two of them. THey are cheap and come with a capacitor. Try changing the capacitor only first, and see if that does the trick. If not replace both pots. Also buy a selector switch incase this has gone bad from someone who is not handy with soldering (like me :\). And if you really want to be sure, buy different color 18 gage wire (or same color, color is only to make matching wiring diagrams easier) and replace that. Will have to work then.
November 20th, 2011, 07:00 PM
Ok, thanx a lot for your help.