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GH3 Les Paul Guitar Battery Spring Missing


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#1 MrTimotei

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Posted August 20, 2019 - 05:02 PM

Howdy! I bought a used GH3 les paul guitar for xbox360 (wireless) that's lasted me a good while.

The problem is that I didn't realize how rusty the springs were in the battery compartment. So, one day when I was changing out the batteries, one of the springs just popped out! And unfortunately, I couldn't find the spring as it rolled into another dimension on my carpet. So now, while the guitar's buttons and such all still function, I can't get it to power on.

 

I've tried shoving in a piece of aluminum foil between the battery and the remaining piece of metal in the compartment, but that didn't work.

I also tried doing the same with a metallic paperclip, but again, no luck. (Though I wonder if I just didn't put it in right...?)

 

Any ideas how to fix it? Or am I permanently screwed? (I'd rather do some diy fix before having to go hunting for another guitar considering their obscurity and value.)

 

Sorry. No cats in these photos.



#2 Shroud

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Posted August 20, 2019 - 06:31 PM

Don't buy another guitar, just buy another spring :) or scavenge it from an old toy or remote control.

#3 MrTimotei

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Posted August 20, 2019 - 08:10 PM

Ah! Got it working!

I cleaned the rust off with a cotton swab with white vinegar (for future reference, don't use a cotton swab as the cotton can get caught inside. I had to use tweezers to pull it out), then took another spring from an old TV remote and just crammed it in there, put in some batteries, and it works, or at least turns on.

Thank goodness I have the battery cover, otherwise I'd probably have to tape the batteries down since the spring and everything is loose.

 

Haven't used it in action yet. Will update after playing a few songs~

 

Update: Works like a champ! Just have to be extra careful when putting in new batteries now, haha.



#4 Bryan2Blazed

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Posted August 20, 2019 - 10:54 PM

Glad you got it fixed. You could have also used aluminum foil wadded up after you cleaned the corrosion off.  






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