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    How to clean pots on Guild Starfire II bass ?

    Hi folks,
    I have fairly new Guild Starfire II bass w/Curtis Novak pickups. The pots are scratchy and need cleaning.
    Wondering if anyone can guide me as to how to access them?
    Much appreciated.

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    At one point the advice was to pull the knob and spray contact cleaner around the shaft. Keep turning the shaft to spread the stuff around.

    If this started out as a Newark Street bass I seem to recall a report from somewhere that said the pots were scratchy from the factory and upgrading worked when cleaning didn't.

    I'm also really curious about your Knovaks. Did you get the Bisonic wind or the Dark Star wind or one of each?

    I'm moving this to Bass - not because it doesn't belong in Tech, but because I expect more people will notice it there.
    Quote Originally Posted by mgod View Post
    What he said.

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    Deoxit is the pot cleaner of choice amongst amp and guitar techs.
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    I've used Deoxit on my guitar pots and the hazard blinker switch on my 1995 Taurus. It worked well in both situations ! :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by fronobulax View Post
    At one point the advice was to pull the knob and spray contact cleaner around the shaft. Keep turning the shaft to spread the stuff around.

    If this started out as a Newark Street bass I seem to recall a report from somewhere that said the pots were scratchy from the factory and upgrading worked when cleaning didn't.

    I'm also really curious about your Knovaks. Did you get the Bisonic wind or the Dark Star wind or one of each?

    I'm moving this to Bass - not because it doesn't belong in Tech, but because I expect more people will notice it there.
    I have the bisonic wind from Curtis...love it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bassman8416 View Post
    I have the bisonic wind from Curtis...love it
    Thanks. I sprung for the coil tap so I can choose either. Still not sure which one I would take if I could only have one :-)
    Quote Originally Posted by mgod View Post
    What he said.

    '67 Starfire I Bass (Cherry)
    '71 JS II Bass (Walnut)
    '82 B-50 Acoustic Bass (Natural)
    '87 Pilot (Black)
    '13 Newark Street Starfire Bass (Cherry)
    '16 Betts Bass "Walnut Bottom"

    LMG I, II, III

    This space available.

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    As far as popping the knobs off, whats the deal.....tops have removable caps or do they just pop off?

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    Pop off. Look at them from the side and notice they are hat shaped. I either just pull straight up holding the "crown" or put something under the "brim" and pry. In that case whatever I do needs padding so it doesn't dent the wood on the top.
    Quote Originally Posted by mgod View Post
    What he said.

    '67 Starfire I Bass (Cherry)
    '71 JS II Bass (Walnut)
    '82 B-50 Acoustic Bass (Natural)
    '87 Pilot (Black)
    '13 Newark Street Starfire Bass (Cherry)
    '16 Betts Bass "Walnut Bottom"

    LMG I, II, III

    This space available.

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