Guitar Wiring Help!

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  1. pedecamp

    pedecamp Well-Known Member

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    I didnt check anything, they are labeled 500k. Ive got alot to learn about multimeters, I know how to set it to check bias and thats all I know.
     
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    Set in on 1 meg ohm setting and thats it. Connect to the two outer lugs of the pot and that will give you max ohms of the pot if I remember correctly.
     
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    I'll try that! :yesway:
     
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    I went from a 498K ohm pot to a 467K pot (both rated at 500K) and it made a difference.
     
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    The tolerances of the Marshall pots suck but I do like the lower ohm ones thats just me!!!!
     
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    Question for you gurus, theres three solder lugs on a pot, the one on the right and the left are they interchangeable? I've seen different pictures of 50's wiring where they have the cap on either the left or right side, Im not sure which is right or if it matters. I got my jalopy of a soldering iron fired up LOL, and its easy enough to move the cap to see what happens, I think thats what I'll do, a little trial and error in the name of chasing tone. :yesway:
     
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    Nope it didnt do anything except make the tone pot work backwards.
     
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    Well I'll be! switched back to modern wiring configuration and it fixed the tone of the guitar back to how I like it! Modern wiring has a warmer tone than 50's and I prefer modern, great learning experience! And my guitar sounds great once again. :yesway:
     
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    Start the reactor... Free Mars!
    It always works for you to buy several sized different soldering tips.
    Then you will have the right sizes for the job.

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    The two outers are across the pot meaning total resistance. The middle is the wiper meaning use the middle and one of the outers to get variable resistance. And as you experienced, using one or the other of the outer lugs will determine the variable rotation of the pot.
     
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    All mine have modern and they sound great. I do not understand the attraction to 50s wiring at all.
     
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    Modern is the bomb. :yesway:
     
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    I will concur with what others said about the digital soldering station, i struggled my whole life with crappy irons and only got the digital around 3 years ago and jeez what a difference.
     
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    Axcess 4.jpg I did the same thing to my Gibson Les Paul Axcess.. Somehow I reversed the neck and bridge pickup switching when I changed pickups Axcess.jpg . But it still worked okay until last week at practice and the neck pickup isn't working at all. I haven't taken it back apart to check it out yet.. These are the original pickups..
     
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    pedecamp Well-Known Member

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    Where do you buy these things at? Im not looking to spend a bundle of money otherwise Ill just keep sanding my current soldering iron tip when I need to use it LOL. What is an economical soldering station who doesnt do this for a living but once in awhile when I gotta change a pickup or something.
     
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    ampmadscientist Well-Known Member

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    Start the reactor... Free Mars!
    You can buy the Ha
    You can buy the Hakko (order from home depot) which is pretty decent for about $110. Then you get 2-3 different tips for it also, a cleaner pad and some other stuff.
    Hakko 888 is on sale for $97:
    https://www.tequipment.net/hakko/soldering-equipment-1/soldering-stations/
    Hakko is not bad at all. I used one and it works pretty good for a cheap soldering station.
    The really good Weller one is about $500.
     
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