Originally Posted by screamndemon69
thanks bunches! i love this guitar but the pots need to be changed as i get some really bad "short" type sounds when rolled up all the way. noone here in town wants to touch it to replace them as they are active controls and i'm no tech in these matters.
i love the guitar and would never sell due to it being my 1st guitar i ever purchased myself.
The only problem you may have is that the active electronics circuit in your guitar, the JE-1200, is physically attached to the volume pot. As such, you can't really replace that pot without ditching the JE-1200 as well. However, you might try spraying the pots with the proper cleaner (I'm not sure what it's called)--that often fixes the scratchiness problem.
If you wanted to ditch the actives, you would also have to change out the tone pots, which are 50k, I believe, rather than the 500k you would want to use in a passive setup. The Jackson active setup sounds nice, even though I hate the Jackson pickups themselves. The great thing is that since the active circuit is not within the pickups themselves, you can use other pickups with the JE-1200 circuit.
I'm a big fan of the old Japanese Charvels. They are just an insane value nowadays. I just bought a '90-91 Charvel Fusion Deluxe, with active Reflex pickups and a Schaller Floyd, for $200. That's crazy, considering that the Japanese Charvels and Jacksons of that era ('86-'91) were pro-quality guitars 95% as good as what you can get out of the USA Jackson shop, and way better than the current Japanese Jacksons.
Better still, those early Japanese Charvels from that era were built using the exact hardware used by the USA shop, and first rate construction, so that many of them are still in very playable shape today, if they've been even moderately well cared for.