Tone Knob spinning?

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  1. Jeffnesh

    Jeffnesh TDPRI Member

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    Hello,

    Just received my first electric (Telecaster, yay!). It's new but purchased online given closures, etc. The tone knob spins without stops. Meaning it doesn't stop at '10' or '0' like the volume knob does, it just spins and spins and spins.

    I assume that's not normal. And spinning it doesn't seem to impact tone whatsoever.

    First, not normal, right? Second, if not, is this an easy fix that can be done locally (under warranty?) or should I send the whole guitar back?

    Thanks for any insight!
     
  2. gregulator450

    gregulator450 Friend of Leo's

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    Welcome, Jeff, and congrats on your new Tele! sounds like you got a custom tone knob, LOL. I would think you could contact Fender and they could direct you to a local authorized service center who would do a warranty replacement of the pot. Or, you can contact the company from whom you purchased it and they can direct you how to proceed.
     
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  3. Bergy

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    Welcome and congrats on the axe. Ya may wanna post some pictures of that geetar just so we can.....uhh..... confirm that its a Telecaster. =)

    Just to be sure, does that knob have a set screw? If so, have ya tried cranking down on that with a screwdriver? Sometimes its hard to get a lot of torque with precision sets cuz the handles are really small.
     
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    tubegeek Friend of Leo's

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    Your worst case scenario is to buy a six-pack or equivalent for your buddy that owns a soldering iron - they may even have a replacement in a drawer, it's not a hard part to find.
     
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    Thanks for the quick responses (and welcomes). I am comforted. There is a little set screw, Bergy, thanks for the pointer I'll give it a try.

    Once I know it works and I get to keep it, I'll post a pic for sure!
     
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    Sounds like the set screw is just loose in the knob. A tiny screwdriver will solve that.
     
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    It may take an Allen screw.....do you have a set of small Allen wrenches?
    And.....there is NOTHING that a friend with a soldering iron needs to do in this situation. Forget that suggestion right now! ;)
     
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  8. LutherBurger

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    Does it affect the tone if you pull up on the knob while turning it?

    Perhaps the potentiometer's shell has come loose but its rotor is still being held in place by the knob. That's easy to fix with a pair of needle-nose pliers -- take a peek under the control plate.
     
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    schmee Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Bad pot, buy one from your local fender dealer and put it in yourself. Far less trouble than shipping etc. You need to learn that anyway. Buy a Weller 35 watt iron. ~$20
     
  10. Jeffnesh

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    Aaah, my bad. I thought the pot was busted.

    But he already bought the beer!

    Happy ending!
     
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  12. aadvark

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    Congrats and welcome. You have a very pretty guitar there!
    Glad you resolved the loose knob prob. There are a few minor tweaks like this that you will learn, especially if you hang around this forum! They are simply the best designed electric guitar ever. Enjoy!
     
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    Teles go well with beer, ask Danny Gatton*... so nothing wasted there.

    * Purportedly poured beer on his strings! If so - we should all be doing it, because that man had a hell of a Tele tone, and he could play a little bit too!
     
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    You chose well, that's a very striking and subtle burst.
     
  15. LutherBurger

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    Nice! I expected it to be something more serious. The knobs on mine would just fall off if their set screws were loose.

    Bravo, @Bergy and @archetype.
     
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    Merely doing our jobs. @Bergy and me are here to serve and protect, just like the cops.
     
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    Next step: learning to do your own setup. Wish someone had showed me how when I bought my first Tele 40 years ago. :rolleyes:

    Welcome to the never ending adventure!
     
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  18. aadvark

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    SO happy you found this forum early in your tele life. It is an amazing resource full of very learned folk who generously give a lot of their time and energy... because frankly, if you got yourself tele, we are here to support you all the way! you will NEVER regret it.

    They are the easiest guitar to work on yourself. I perfect pure 1950s blend of form and function.

    Don't be afraid to ask here,...

    and once again welcome to the club, mate!

    ps also happy that you worked out that the screw on your tone and volume knobs can be tightened.. don't over tighten them!
     
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