Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: South East London, UK
Re: Original Jem-switch?
I have cleaned the pots on my guitars that crackled in the last couple of years with a little WD-40 and haven't had to replace a pot or re-apply yet. Two strats and an import 335 when I upgraded the pickups (horrible tricky pain in the neck job to work the pots+wiring through a f-hole, never again)
Switch cleaner also works of course we all know that, as well as compressed air if you can get the case of the pot opened but the problem is lubricating the actual carbon track in the pot, isopropyl alcohol and my white can of switch cleaner (don't remember the name) works awesome for a couple of months but I tend to have to re-apply it in a tone or volume pot, when one of my pickup selector or jack socket starts to crakle or drop out definately switch cleaner has always done the job.
Although my favourite option is to replace the pot with a good quality brand new one. I don't play a vintage guitar so I don't have the worry of keeping everything stock.