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Cleaning Input Jacks And Pots

Discussion in 'Amp Input - Normal or Bright' started by Opj77, Sep 26, 2020.

  1. Opj77

    Opj77 Strat-Talker

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    Can you do it without tearing the amp apart? Read somewhere you can use contact cleaner.
     
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    Baelzebub Senior Stratmaster

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    DeOxit D5. Pricey but it works.
     
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    Whoa is there an Acme version?
     
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    Baelzebub Senior Stratmaster

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    Yeah. Forget the name of it but you can find it on Amazon. I think it's been discontinued due to environmental concerns but I saw some there when I was researching that very thing. But that small can goes a long way and D5 actually seals and repairs the contact surfaces, which some others don't.

    I've use a hypodermic and isopropyl alcohol to flush out pots but it only worked for a bit. Never had an issue after using the D5.
     
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    nuculer terrist Senior Stratmaster

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    Ive used the red can contact cleaner sold on Amazon and Walmart. Forget the brand. Sprayed multiple pots and Jack's and worked great
     
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    henderman Most Honored Senior Member

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    regular electrical contact cleaner in a spray can is 5 to 10 bux in big box and auto parts stores for a big can.
     
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    This just arrived this morning.
    $13 on Amazon
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    Baelzebub Senior Stratmaster

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    That's the one. And probably just as good in most circumstances.
     
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    Baelzebub Senior Stratmaster

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    Yep. I just went for the premium product since I'll probably never use all that for guitar work. I have a can of that other stuff for cleaning up parts and or contacts on engines on yard equipment or carburetors out in the shop. For a few bucks more this fits well with all the other gear on my guitar bench.
     
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    Seamus OReally Buried alive in the blues Gold Supporting Member

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    Yes! D5. The Right Stuff.

    That Radio Shack contract cleaner is nothing but watered-down alcohol. My buddy Gary calls it “yak piss.” What you want us what you got.
     
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    Wow
    That'll set ya back a six pack...
     
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    DON'T BE FOOLED BY IMITATIONS! THIS IS THE STUFF! You get what you pay for. Been using it a lot of years. Over time saved the gig for many bands who had been drenching their connectors with the hardware store crap.

    TP
     
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    Yes, but like TP said..you get what you pay for. A six-pack is a temporary fix too.
     
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    Forget the cost. A can of deOxit goes a long way. Just a minimum squirt per pot/switch is all that is needed. The parts don’t need to be saturated. I’ve restored dozens of pieces of vintage audio equipment with one can.
     
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    Baelzebub Senior Stratmaster

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    Bottom line is it's the right tool for the job.

    As the sign in my office said:

    "Quality is like oats. You want clean, fresh oats, you pay a fair price.
    If you're willing to settle for oats that have been through the horse already,
    those come a bit cheaper."
     
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    Temporary fix: Yes
    First responders: An army the size of Chinese ground force...
     
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    Can you spray the pots from the shaft side without taking the amp apart?
     
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    In a lot of cases yes. if you can turn the amp so you spray down gravity is your friend. But if they are serious mucked up you may have to spray into an opening in the back of the pot to blow out and debris. If they're just scratchy and it hasn't been going on a long time, it's likely spraying in around the shaft will be sufficient. Just work it in by twiddling the pot, let it sit, twiddle, spray again if necessary. Rinse, lather repeat.
     
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    What about the jacks? When I pull the plug out of the effects loop the amp gets crazy. That is my primary sich.