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    Exclamation Wax potting the switch and control cavity!!!

    I sure hope my customer doesn't frequent this forum.

    In all the years I've been doing guitar repair/mods, I've never, ever, seen this before: wax potting the switch and control cavity on a Les Paul. ('74 LP Custom Shop, to boot.) Then it quit working. Who'da guessed? What would possess someone to do this? What a friggin' mess to clean up. I'm ultrasonic bathing the switch and pots now. He want's to keep all the original controls since it's a '74 CS LP. We'll see.

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    Default Re: Wax potting the switch and control cavity!!!

    Someone got the wrong idea.

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    Default Re: Wax potting the switch and control cavity!!!

    wow

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    Default Re: Wax potting the switch and control cavity!!!

    The customer is a super nice guy, with little technical savvy. So someone must've put him up to this.

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    Oh my
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    Default Re: Wax potting the switch and control cavity!!!

    That's hilarious.

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    Default Re: Wax potting the switch and control cavity!!!

    To be fair there won’t be any feedback so it did the trick!

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    Default Re: Wax potting the switch and control cavity!!!

    the 70s were a weird time. People came up with all sorts of 'fixes' we'd have to later un-do.
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    Default Re: Wax potting the switch and control cavity!!!

    There is that.

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    Default Re: Wax potting the switch and control cavity!!!

    '74 LP "Custom Shop?" What is that? A reissue? Or do you just mean a '74 LP Custom?
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    Default Re: Wax potting the switch and control cavity!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by ItsaBass View Post
    '74 LP "Custom Shop?" What is that? A reissue? Or do you just mean a '74 LP Custom?
    I'm not exactly sure. My luthier friend knows better than me. I know it's a genuine '74 because the pot codes are correct. But I do need to tread lightly with a customers guitar. (I smeared the serial number.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArtieToo View Post
    I'm not exactly sure. My luthier friend knows better than me. I know it's a genuine '74 because the pot codes are correct. But I do need to tread lightly with a customers guitar. (I smeared the serial number.)

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    It's a 1974 LP Custom – no "Shop," just LP Custom, the name of the model. There was no Custom Shop in 1974. There is, however, a recent Historic '74 reissue. Many people erroneously call Historics "Custom Shop" guitars, so I thought it might be one of those.
    Quote Originally Posted by LesStrat View Post
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    I do a few chord things, some crappy lead stuff, and then some rhythm stuff.

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    Default Re: Wax potting the switch and control cavity!!!

    It takes all kinds man, that's... something alright.

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    Default Re: Wax potting the switch and control cavity!!!

    Holy crap.

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    Default Re: Wax potting the switch and control cavity!!!

    Made my heart hurt a little to see this, Artie.

    PS: thanks for the Demud mod - my 335 and LP both received it on their neck pickups recently, and the 335 is especially grateful!


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    Default Re: Wax potting the switch and control cavity!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by ItsaBass View Post
    It's a 1974 LP Custom no "Shop," just LP Custom, the name of the model. There was no Custom Shop in 1974. There is, however, a recent Historic '74 reissue. Many people erroneously call Historics "Custom Shop" guitars, so I thought it might be one of those.
    I probably got caught up in Duncan speak.

    Quote Originally Posted by VinceT View Post
    PS: thanks for the Demud mod - my 335 and LP both received it on their neck pickups recently, and the 335 is especially grateful!
    Cool. Glad that worked out.

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    Default Re: Wax potting the switch and control cavity!!!

    I always thought, the double zero prefix indicates the 1976 production year??
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    Default Re: Wax potting the switch and control cavity!!!

    I just pour the wax directly in the amp head, which seems to do a much better job at killing microphonics.

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    Default Re: Wax potting the switch and control cavity!!!

    Talk about doing it wrong. Yeesh.

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    Default Re: Wax potting the switch and control cavity!!!

    It did make it quiet. Real quiet.

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