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Les paul problems!

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by FosterF, Dec 29, 2011.

  1. FosterF

    FosterF Tele-Meister

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    Im not sure if this is the correct place to post this but i didn't know where else to post! If I'm wrong then just let me know where to go.
    I have two Pauls that are both having trouble.
    The first is a Les Paul Custom and it is passing a very weak signal from the treble pickup that is unaffected by the volume knob. I put a DMM to the volume pot and it gave me no reading so I assume that's the problem. But where do I find an A300K pot to replace it? I'm guessing Gibson would sell replacements but their store is down until Jan 2nd.

    Second guitar is a Les Paul Special.
    I hadn't played this guitar in probably a year and I picked it up last week.
    It has a very weak treble signal, a slightly stronger bass signal, and a stronger middle signal (but still far from a full signal)
    Volume pot (only has 1 vol. And 1 tone) was giving me readings but I'm not sure that they are what it is suppose to be.
    What would cause this?

    I have a lot of experience working on pedals but absolutely zero experience with guitars so bear with me!
    Thanks in advance!
    -Foster
     
  2. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Guitar 1:
    I'd check the resistance on the pickup itself to see if that's the problem.
    I think you should get a reading around 13-14 ohms for humbuckers.

    Guitar 2:
    If it worked when you put it away, the problem is probably simple.
    Clean the pots and output jack.

    Both:
    Are you in a high humidity/damp environment?
    It's odd that you have 2 guitars with similar problems.
    I'd start with some pot cleaner.
    300k pots? I'm not that familiar with Lesters.
    A 500k pot would be fine with humbuckers.
    Any guitar store should stock what you need.
     
  3. rogerzilla

    rogerzilla Tele-Meister

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    The first thing I would do is to fire switch cleaner at the pots and switches. You'll probably end up swapping them out anyway, but this will at least confirm the problem.
     
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