the Master Volume Control
is how I changed the Master Volume Control on my Hot Rod DeVille
to make it a little more user-friendly:
decided to keep R45 at 47K and instead try changing the pot from
the stock 100K linear pot to a 250K audio pot. It's not simple to
change the pot, though. The shaft of the pot is permanently
attached to a bracket assembly which is also soldered to the PCB
as well as the three connections to the pot itself. This is
complicated by the fact that Fender won't sell a replacement pot
to a nobody like me. So, instead of searching the world over
trying to find one of these, I decided to just make one myself.
It's a little bit of work to replace it and fabricate a new
bracket, but it's really fairly easy to do.
Below is some more
details on how I did this.
||First thing to do was to de-solder the old pot and remove
it. Now I have a template to make the bracket which holds the pot securely
to the PCB. To make the bracket, I used some leftover thin gage galvanized
sheet metal cut from a 5"x7" piece I found in the rain gutter/roofing
aisle at Home Depot.
||I then cut the piece with my Dremel tool equipped with a
cutting wheel. It took about 5 or 10 minutes to make all the cuts. After
cutting, I spent about 5 minutes filing the rough edges and squaring everything
||The next step was to make two bends. That gets it into it's
final shape. Then I compared it to the original, and it was nearly a perfect
match. Marked the center point for drilling a hole, also.
||Here, using a round file, I am getting the hole I previously
drilled to just the right size to receive my new pot. To hold it in place,
I used a C-clamp clamped to a piece of wood, which was held by a small table
vise to keep it from going anywhere.
||Here is the whole assembly ready to go into the PCB. I took
a side by side picture, but my camera apparently ate it... I used some hot
glue to attach the pot to the bracket. It worked out pretty good. Time to
solder it to the PCB.
||Here it is installed in the PCB. It works! Love those Dremel
tools... Total cost of project: Around $5.00 U.S.
I suppose you want to know how it works, right? Well, it did make
the Master Volume a little easier to control, but it's not a
radical difference... It makes the zone from "0" to
"2" a lot more manageable. I was originally going to
use a 500K audio pot, but then decided to go with a 250K audio.
The 500K would probably be perfect. Changing R45 to a higher
value in combination with replacing the pot may work better, but
I am content with it as it is.
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