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Josiahjjr
06-14-2012, 03:23 PM
I have secondhand Squire Strat that I've borrowed from a friend and had for roughly 6 months.
At first everything worked fine, except for a gritty sound when I turned any knob. Then I put the guitar up and didn't play it for a couple, maybe 3 weeks. When I plugged the guitar back in, it was disaster. The low tone knob was completely disfunctional, didn't affect the sound or signal in anyway. To top it off, the guitar would not sound unless the volume was all the way up.
I've researched it as much as I can, and I believe it is a wiring situation, but there was no extreme activity to mess with it in the weeks I didn't play it.

Does anyone have any suggestions or insight?

Any feedback is appreciated! :)

RevWill
06-14-2012, 05:26 PM
Sounds like the pots might be corroded or dirty. I'd start by spraying a few drops of contact cleaner (available at Guitar Center) -Absolutely not WD40 - down the shafts of the knobs. Work the knobs back and forth several times, then plug it in and test it.

ricdoug
06-16-2012, 05:14 AM
Use lighter fluid, like http://www.walgreens.com/store/c/ronsonol-lighter-fluid/ID=prod6021241-product to clean the potentiometers. Squirt it down the shafts while turning them. Let it dry. !!!DO NOT USE AROUND FLAME, SPARKS OR SMOKERS!!! It's safe when it evaporates and is dry. If that does not fix it:

http://www.grizzly.com/catalog/2012/Main/401

http://cdn0.grizzly.com/pics/jpeg500/h/h6361.jpg

Save the old one for parts.

weerpool
06-16-2012, 05:18 AM
make sure to check the soldering joints are still intact.

Josiahjjr
06-16-2012, 10:21 AM
Thanks for the replies everyone!
I will definitlely attempt trying to put fluid down in the pots before soldering. I would prefer to avoid soldering altogether so I'm hoping the solution or fluid works.

'ili puakea
07-09-2012, 05:41 PM
If all else fails...it's only a Squire.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4QghNBwyt8

;-)

Good luck!

UkeNukem
07-10-2012, 10:26 AM
These might help you see what's going on.

http://www.guitarnuts.com/wiring/stockstrat.php
http://www.fender.com/support/articles/stratocaster-service-diagrams

I can be a good learning experience on this instead of your best guitar.

1931jim
08-07-2012, 12:43 PM
Use lighter fluid, like http://www.walgreens.com/store/c/ronsonol-lighter-fluid/ID=prod6021241-product to clean the potentiometers. Squirt it down the shafts while turning them. Let it dry. !!!DO NOT USE AROUND FLAME, SPARKS OR SMOKERS!!! It's safe when it evaporates and is dry. If that does not fix it:

http://www.grizzly.com/catalog/2012/Main/401

http://cdn0.grizzly.com/pics/jpeg500/h/h6361.jpg

Save the old one for parts.
Thank you ricdoug for the link to grizzly. And thank you josiahjjr for this thread. I have never been to this section before. Lots of guitar players
here I see.
Regards
Jim

1931jim
08-07-2012, 02:52 PM
These might help you see what's going on.

http://www.guitarnuts.com/wiring/stockstrat.php
http://www.fender.com/support/articles/stratocaster-service-diagrams

I can be a good learning experience on this instead of your best guitar.
Thank you UkeNukem for the guitarnuts.com schematic.
Jim