Dating cts pots
Someone tried to put jumpers on the board to fix the traces, but it did not work.
Note that the parts are random, some carbon comp resistors, some film.Here are the pots in this pedal, new ALPHA pots instead of original CTS pots.The original pots are the only way to date an MXR pedal, so this pedal is not very valuable even if someone could get it working, as the date codes and pots are gone. I have also seen these "NOS" pedals turn up with pots with the last digits as 0318 which means 2003 18th week.The source dating code is an element of standardization that is administered by the Electronics Industries Alliance (EIA).The EIA assigns each manufacturer a three-digit code (there are some with one, two or four digits).If the board is shown with some new looking foam on it, (to hide the actual board) that is another bad sign.
We don't have many old MXR pedals for sale (we dont deal with vintage gear much anymore) so we are not trying to sell you our pedals instead of these.
We are just trying to help people understand original pedals, which are about twice as valuable as a non original pedal.
*) Unfortunatly there is no sure outside distinguishing mark for the V1/V2.
The neck plate is #306634, the neck pocket has a green stamp and the name Galien in red. Based on the serial Fender says it can be a 71, 72 or 73 here: Dater Project output states it is a 1971.
The strange part are the volume and tone knobs - all three are numbered "021857 250K AUD2 35-137". This is of course impossible since the pots weren't made till 9 weeks after the 71 model year ended June 30, 1972.
The ones from California do not have these stickers.