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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-12-2008, 01:29 PM Thread Starter
 
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Question Volume 'sweet-spot'?

I've not a clue how this has happened but I've seen it on a few axes over the years...

The volume control needs to be played with to get to the loudest volume rather than just turning it to 10... any answers? It usually peaks around 6 but when you turn it any further it just switches off as though you're rolling it back to 0.

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Re: Volume 'sweet-spot'?

I've had it happen once. On a friend's guitar that has EMG's, his push-pull pot does that in the out position. I have no clue what causes it though.
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Re: Volume 'sweet-spot'?

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I've had it happen once. On a friend's guitar that has EMG's, his push-pull pot does that in the out position. I have no clue what causes it though.

same here - i just thought that the pot was shagged
cant say I notice it on a regular basis.
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Re: Volume 'sweet-spot'?

I notice it mostly on crappier guitars, personally. However I can hear when playing with my controls that going past 8.5 or 9 just adds more distortion for leads and what have you, not volume. But it doesn't take any volume away either.
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Re: Volume 'sweet-spot'?

I've seen it on about 5 guitars in my entire life. Anyone got an answer as to what causes it or should I just replace it?
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Re: Volume 'sweet-spot'?

well.... I know a bit how pots work so...
it could be just that you are getting least resistance to output at any point on the pots travel between 0 and full scale deflection giving you maximum output at that point...
then the crud causing the issue gets in the wiper and gives you resistance when it should be fully open.... (10)

Alternatively, I could be talking bollox.... entirely likely as me and my brother are now sampling the 12 year old that I had stashed away in the garage

replace it..
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me and my brother are now sampling the 12 year old that I had stashed away in the garage

replace it..
Might be an idea to re-phrase that....it sounds incredibly wrong
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Re: Volume 'sweet-spot'?

OH LORDY

12 YEAR OLD SCOTCH !!!!!!!
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Re: Volume 'sweet-spot'?

one super budget AXL guitar i came across did that but nothing else cheap or expensive before or since. Deffo its a fault tho
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OH LORDY

12 YEAR OLD SCOTCH !!!!!!!


Just that i had visions of the Child Protection Agency reading that and coming a'knocking on ya door

I guessed you meant scotch!! Anything nice???
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Re: Volume 'sweet-spot'?

Could it be that the resistance track of the pot is just messed up past that certain point?
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Re: Volume 'sweet-spot'?

I find a sweet spot around 8... tone gets fatter with little volume drop.
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post #13 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-18-2008, 02:06 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Volume 'sweet-spot'?

Not entirely sure but the guitar it's on I'm selling now anyway, thanks for the replies!

(BTW, the auction that it's on states the issue with the volume pot, don't worry! )
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