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    No, it's for a 535Q. The switch was bad when I bought it, so I threw it in the basement where it was left to collect dust for like 12 years. Some time ago, I had a hankerin' to play around with a wah, so I dug it out and goofed around with a bit, and now I have decided to try to fix it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by superheavydeathmetal View Post
    No, it's for a 535Q. The switch was bad when I bought it, so I threw it in the basement where it was left to collect dust for like 12 years. Some time ago, I had a hankerin' to play around with a wah, so I dug it out and goofed around with a bit, and now I have decided to try to fix it.
    Believe it or not, I never used a wah. Never tried one...
    But this morning on my way to work i was listening to Rain When I Die and i was thinkin damn, I wish I could play that...
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    Quote Originally Posted by metalchurch View Post
    Believe it or not, I never used a wah. Never tried one...
    But this morning on my way to work i was listening to Rain When I Die and i was thinkin damn, I wish I could play that...
    Ha! Awesome! For me, it's "Dirt," but that is a great one! Damn, now I really want this thing fixed, haha.

    EDIT: Now you got me listening to this album. I love Alice in Chains so much.
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    I'm more than happy to repair it for you for free if you send it off to me. If you'd rather just spend the $15 on shipping rather than order a solder sucker, let me know.

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    I appreciate the offer, buddy. But, I figure this is something I should learn to do myself.

    Do you think it would a complete waste to try one of those non-powered types? I can pick one of up cheap right now just down the road, but one of the powered types I would have to order and wait for it to show up, and it would cost a little more. It looks like the powered type is just a soldering iron with a sucking mechanism, and the sucking mechanism itself isn't powered.
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    Unless you want an exercise in frustration, or have two extra hands I don't know about, I wouldn't bother with non-powered.

    You can buy bulbs that have no heat, so you have to heat it up with the iron. That is what you don't want. You want the iron with the bulb on the end.

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    Okay! Mission accomplished! I remembered I had a second pair of pliers, so I was able to break the old switch apart without excessive force. I had no idea those switches are filled with grease. That made a bit of a mess, but no biggie. From there I was able to remove the lugs individually. The hardest part was wicking all of the remaining solder away from the holes to get the new swich in, but with a little patience and cleverness, I got it in.

    Now, for the first time, I have a working wah pedal. I bought this thing like 12 years ago. From day one, the switch never worked properly, so I threw it in the basement and left it to collect dust. Well, a few months ago I had a hankerin' to play with a wah, so I got it out and goofed with it a bit and decided to fix it. I only just now got around to it, though. It works perfectly, now!
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    Quote Originally Posted by metalchurch View Post
    Im a riddle so strong, you can't break me!
    What a great song

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