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How to Install and Maintain Your Guitar's Pots
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When it comes to cosmic tone, it’s critical to have functional potentiometers. Here’s how to install them correctly and keep them ship-shape afterward.

(Originally published March 27, 2020)

Over the last few years, we've discussed the construction of potentiometers and diagnosed several potential problems with these essential, yet sometimes pesky, electric guitar components. (If you missed these, check out “The Trouble with Tribbles" and “Dealing with Knobs and Pots.")

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Photo 1 shows the 4PDT switching matrix design for the "up" position, which will put the pickups half out-of-phase.

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We've discussed full out-of-phase and half out-of-phase pickup switching. Here's a wiring for those who want it all in one switch.

Hello and welcome back to Mod Garage. After exploring the half out-of-phase pickup option several times in the past, there was a lot of interest, and I received a lot of emails from readers about it. A lot of you asked for a multi-phase switch to have all possible options at the ready and today we'll bring it all together. You asked for it, and the Mod Garage delivers!

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Here are four ways to ground individual lugs to pots, two ways to connect ground wires to pickups, and a clever soldering technique developed by my colleague Mark Foley.

Welcome back to Mod Garage and to the second and final column about grounding in passive guitar and bass circuits. If you missed the first part, check out "How to Ground Passive Guitar (and Bass) Circuits, Pt. 1," from April 2021. Today we'll discuss grounding individual lugs on pots, which is usually the case on all volume controls, but also on some certain tone pots, depending on how the circuit is set up.

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