Actually that may not have been it- I think it was the B500K Pinch pot. It was a brand new Alpha B500K pot, but somehow I think it was shorting out. I checked my wiring and nothing visible was touching that shouldn’t have been, but as I moved the pot it occasionally gave me audio again (infrequently). I removed it and replaced with another one to test and it works- fuzz!
I sprayed some DeOxit in the old pot and now it seems fine. Weird as it wasn’t scratchy or anything. I wonder if somehow I had damaged it or something when soldering initially, but I’ve honestly soldered quite a few pots and never had that happen. I dunno.
Maybe it was a combination of all of the above- I dunno but somehow the pedal gods smiled upon us..
For now all good!
Really appreciate the guidance- thank you!