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My 2006 RGA121's volume pot just siezed up today as I was adjusting the volume.

I was looking for warranty info. Kind of sucks that there are no local repair facilities. A repair that should only take a couple of minutes (ok, a couple of days) will probably take a couple of weeks to complete.

It is almost ridiculous to even bother going to the guitar shop, having them box it up and ship it for a $12 part. I guess that is what Ibanez is counting on. If I don't go through the trouble of returning it for warranty repair, it costs me $50 (to have the repair done) and saves Ibanez probably $100+ (shipping two ways, an hour of tech time and the part!?)

Sorry, but I can't count the number of pots that I've fried trying to install them myself.

I guess I can look at it as an opportunity to upgrade, but it is frustrating nonetheless.
 

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Is the pot covered under warranty?
Most of the time, wear-and-tear parts, are usually excluded...
I tried to get a switch replaced on a custom shop Hamer replaced once.
No go.....
The guitar was only 6 weeks old, but that didn't matter.
 

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Switches and pots are not covered under any warranty. Usage is considered wear and tear. If it's within 7-10 days most stores will fix it. But if it's been a month or more you're on your own.

But honestly.. the pots used in most Ibanez's suck anyways. Just get 'em replaced with something better quality. I believe CTS does make some smaller diameter shaft pots.
 

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I have no idea how good or bad stock pots are, but I always replace the pots and switch when I install new pups for the first time.
 

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Wow, until recently i'd hardly even heard of pots seizing up, seems to be a pretty common problem now.
 

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Huh, I didn't know that this wasn't covered under the warranty. Oh well. I'm surprised because this is the first time this has ever happened to me on any guitar.

Don't know if it matters or not, but the pots are labled with the Ibanez name.
 

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Forget getting an Ibanez replacement pot, they aren't good anyway. Get an RS Guitarworks 500k Super Audio pot. I have one in my RGA and it's the best volume pot out there. You can actually turn the volume way down and the guitar sounds the same as full volume.

You have to make sure you transfer over the treble bleed cap to the super pot, but getting that pot will be cheaper than doing the alternative.
 

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How do you mean, it sounds the same? What I like about the Dimarzio pot is the fact that it cleans up so nicely when the volume is rolled back. The Ibanez pots are terrible in comparison.
 

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$50?
It's a 10 minute job if you do it blindfolded.
Fck a bag of that, just do it yourself
im with ya there!
ive done it once and it took 10 mins and im as novice as they come when i have a soldering iron in my hand!
i bought a better pot for a cheap POS guitar i was noodling with once and it was absolutely fine, cost me £2.50 and was a piece of cake to install!

and i think most dealers would just hand it to their tech guy and tell him to do it free of charge (provided it was them you bought it from). i know my local sure would
 

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How do you mean, it sounds the same? What I like about the Dimarzio pot is the fact that it cleans up so nicely when the volume is rolled back. The Ibanez pots are terrible in comparison.
What I mean is the tone and clarity aren't changed throughout the roll. With my Les Paul for instance, which has just some generic volume pot, the pot hardly does anything for the first half or so, then it starts to kill the punch and clarity as it gets to the end. I hardly turns the volume down.

With the Super pot the volume go down gradually as it should and the guitar keeps it's tone all the way down (well, for the most part).
 

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There is a rash of this happening lately. Ibanez must've cut yet ANOTHER corner and went with some very cheap parts supplier over the past year. Sad, very sad. :(

MIJ is on it's way to being no better than MIK. If this keeps up, Ibanez Team JC will have no more credibility than MIK standards. If that happens, then it will make NO difference if they move all production (outside of JC) to Korea :roll: - which I think is not too far around the corner anyhow :mad:

Maybe this is Ibanez's way to prepare us for the inevitable move?

If they don't get on their game they stand to loose alot of players that support their Prestige MIJ line.

I ALWAYS recommend NOT buying cheap pot....er ... I mean pots :lol:
 

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Someone should point one of the Ibanez admins to this thread.
I think Ibanez need to re-consider who supplies their pots because this is starting to sound like an all to regular problem. :eek:
 

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Very DARK indeed :(

From the sounds of things it is only getting darker. I just saw the new Ibanez V (has real Dimarzios) at my local shop yesterday and the tech was fixing a strap button issue and having to knock a little off of the price of the guitar due to the issue even though he did fix it. :roll:

It's a $599 ($799 list) guitar made in Indonesia :roll: The real Dimarzios shouldn't quantify the pricing to be that high for a string thru guitar. :(

I also want to know WHY they can put REAL Dimarzios in an MII guitar but not a MIJ or MIK guitar? WTF???????
 

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Someone should point one of the Ibanez admins to this thread.
I think Ibanez need to re-consider who supplies their pots because this is starting to sound like an all to regular problem. :eek:
Unfortunately, those guys don't give a crap about this pot issue, Anne. I have been shouting about it daily since April 26 and there still isn't a single reply from any Ibanez representative on that forum about it. I also talked about the weird fret problem and one mod said "Only you, Dee, only you", meaning only I would have a problem like this, then something was muttered about the RG 20th getting the same build quality as the Prestiges, and then he disappeared.

Here's the thread: http://www.ibanez.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=7457&PN=1
 
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