DID I JUST FRAG MY RIBBON CABLE????

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  1. ViperDoc

    ViperDoc Plugged In.

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    I bought a beautiful P24 about four years ago and I've played it only a few times. WHY? Because the volume pot started shorting out when I tapped on it, and then it stopped working. So I pulled out another sword from the scabbard and left it to sleep until today. I figured, how hard can it be to solder in a new volume pot?

    So I charged up the iron, labeled and snipped a few wires, went in to judiciously remove the leads on the lugs and saw a particularly undesired wisp of fume. I pulled the iron out and saw that I'd "warmed up" the piezo ribbon cable. I MEAN, WHAT THE ACTUAL [email protected]$#????

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    AM I DOOMED???

    CAN I ALSO SHARE THAT SOLDERING IN A GUITAR CAVITY IS REALLY QUITE AN A$$PAIN???

    I need some flux to get my iron tip working better, so I pulled out early. A new PRS volume pot is ready and waiting. What should I do?
     
  2. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Wire it up, and plug her in. You might be ok! Or, your [email protected] and this sword goes back in the rack!
     
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  3. Boogie

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    Nah, I think you’re ok. Unless you plug in and get humpback whale sounds, then you’re screwed. :D:eek:
     
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  4. alantig

    alantig Sassyless pants

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    Send it to me. I’ll take care of it, give it a thorough testing and report back.

    I am backlogged, so it may be 2 or 3 decades.




    I think you’re probably fine. Like the others said, plug it in and see what happens.
     
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  5. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Silver pants make me wanna dance.

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    Bummer.

    The good news is that if you did frag the ribbon cable beyond use, you’ll have still improved your piezo acoustic tone by 100%. :p
     
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  6. ViperDoc

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    AND SHE LIVES!!!

    I put on my big boy pants, rewired the pot, closed this baby up with a new piezo battery and plugged it in. She works beautifully. The volume pot is now fully functional and the piezo (breathing a sigh of relief) works perfectly. Soldering is an art, it took me a few trips to the hardware store to get my iron (and my brain) working properly. The flux was key.

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    I extended some of the ground connections because they were soldered way tight to the main wires originally. The knob was also loose on the shaft, so I shimmed it with a stripe of electrical tape. You'd never know it's there.

    Now she's back in action.

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    Now for some Natural Science....
     
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  7. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Natural Science......two big thumbs up! Love the Carr, too!
     
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  8. alantig

    alantig Sassyless pants

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    Outstanding!
     
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  9. Glide-bpm

    Glide-bpm We were small but we were slow...

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    I don't care what anyone says, even using resin core solder versus silver solder... I gotta have flux. Makes that liquid flow like a river and stick like glue when it's cool.
     
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    I started out with a dirty tip, and that's never good. Once I got the flux paste, I roasted the tip in the flux and blasted all the oxides off. Finished the tip with some 300 emery cloth and re-tinned the tip and I was good to go.
     
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  11. ViperDoc

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    And BTW, this guitar sounds KILLER!!!!
     
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