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Buck Reid


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Post Posted 3 Jan 2018 1:17 pm     Reply with quote

Trying to find replacement pots for a 1950 Oahu Lolana lap steel. Anyone have any suggestions? Thanks in advance!
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Michael Butler


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Post Posted 3 Jan 2018 1:58 pm     Reply with quote

are they both not working or just scratchy? if scratchy, you can try twisting them back and forth a bunch of times. if that doesn't work, try deoxit.

if not working at all, you may want to try stew mac but send them an email first. there are probably a bunch that will work but you need to find out what type they are. logarithmic/audio or linear.

check this post from the past.

https://bb.steelguitarforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=279611&sid=247238033c102bb631fb7ecad416ee51

and this article about pots.

https://www.electronics-notes.com/articles/electronic_components/resistors/variable-resistors-potentiometers.php

last but not least, you can take them apart and clean them up, but, that is a tedious job.

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Buck Reid


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Post Posted 4 Jan 2018 10:08 am     Reply with quote

Thanks Michael. I am aware of the various methods of cleaning a pot but these puppies are old and need to be replaced. I think I have found what I'm looking for at Stew Mac. Thanks again for your reply!
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Doug Beaumier


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Post Posted 4 Jan 2018 12:36 pm     Reply with quote

That model is actually called the "Iolana" (first letter is i). It means "soaring like a hawk" in Hawaiian. I think Oahu called it that because the two splayed headstocks look somewhat like a bird in flight. I notice that a lot of web sites are misspelling it nowadays.
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Nic Neufeld


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Post Posted 4 Jan 2018 1:16 pm     Reply with quote

Doug Beaumier wrote:
That model is actually called the "Iolana" (first letter is i). It means "soaring like a hawk" in Hawaiian. I think Oahu called it that because the two splayed headstocks look somewhat like a bird in flight. I notice that a lot of web sites are misspelling it nowadays.


Interesting! Seems to be, when in doubt, always assume the vowel, with Hawaiian! Pat Sajak should relocate "Wheel" to O'ahu and he'd make a killing selling vowels.

Here's an example, interesting guitar:
https://www.elderly.com/catalog/product/view/_ignore_category/1/id/143488/s/oahu-iolana-double-neck-lap-steel-1950/
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Doug Beaumier


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Post Posted 4 Jan 2018 1:32 pm     Reply with quote

The "I" is often mistaken for a "J" (Jolana). It does look a lot like a J.




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