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pickup selector knob falls off

guitarbiker
August 16th, 2009, 08:45 AM
Just did my first Telecaster (1996 50th anniversary limited addition American Telecaster) gig last night after 35 plus years of being a Strat player,...........the Tele just screamed, all styles of music and I think it sticks out in the mix clearer as well. I noticed my left hand was a fret out of place when switching positions while playing, it felt like the neck was longer in relation to the body of the Strat. A very fun guitar to play.
However, during the second song into the night the pickup selector knob (black plastic) took off and I was left shifting around all night with the blade. I found the knob at the end of the night during tear-down. Any suggestions on how to tighten that knob on without glue?

Thanks

PJ
August 16th, 2009, 09:04 AM
Make sure the plastic knob isn't cracked or damaged where it goes on. If so, best to buy a new one. They're cheap and all the parts guys sell them. But, what I do, is use a ViseGrip and squeeze the tab to put some serrations in it.
Also puts a little bend in it. And, that will tighten-up the fit of the knob to the blade. Otherwise, I'd use a little glue. Doesn't have to be SuperGlue but some
less permanent glues will keep it in place, just as long as you want it there.

scooteraz
August 16th, 2009, 09:05 AM
Shim stock. Or, very carefully with pliers, put a bend in the end of the switch blade, so it "appears" thicker to the old cap. Or just pay a couple of bucks and get a new knob, as the old knob is probably a bit bigger inside than when new.

PJ
August 16th, 2009, 10:03 AM
Oh....I've also trimmed a piece of electrical tape and put one wrap around the blade. That grips the knob well, also.

Ronkirn
August 16th, 2009, 10:13 AM
put a dab of CA in the knob, oh, a new knob.....push it on... and fuggudabouit... when you want to remove it, wrap something in cloth to protect the guitar's surface, then use a small lever to pry it off.... works every time...

Those that will whine about the knob being hard to remove (it's not).... do ya wannit to stay on or not?

Ron Kirn

guitarbiker
August 16th, 2009, 10:43 AM
Thanks guys, lot's of suggestions, this is such a great site for Telecaster expertise. I'll try to post a picture of some of my guitars.....only one Tele...................so far.......

Ronkirn
August 16th, 2009, 11:32 AM
WHAT!! one Tele!!! Why. . Why. . . . WHYYYY... That's a great start... :wink: and welcome to the party Biker....

pjam
August 16th, 2009, 12:13 PM
Yours fell off!

There's a guy posting today who's broke in two ! (he knocked it over with a hoover)
That has shocked a lot of people!

mellecaster
August 16th, 2009, 12:40 PM
put a dab of CA in the knob, oh, a new knob.....push it on... and fuggudabouit... when you want to remove it, wrap something in cloth to protect the guitar's surface, then use a small lever to pry it off.... works every time...

Those that will whine about the knob being hard to remove (it's not).... do ya wannit to stay on or not?

Ron Kirn

What Ron sez...and let's be Honest, how often to you ever change the control plate or the switch on a Tele ?.....Superglue the Dude !

Telemarkman
August 16th, 2009, 01:04 PM
Yours fell off!

There's a guy posting today who's broke in two ! (he knocked it over with a hoover)
That has shocked a lot of people!


Were you vacuuming too, guitarbiker? :oops: ... Hee, hee!

tdowns
August 16th, 2009, 03:46 PM
I agree with Ron and melle. As an alternative, here is a method I use. I use diagonal cutters to make a barb (or two) on the switch handle.

http://www.terrydownsmusic.com/Archive/switch_tip_fix_dikes.jpg

http://www.terrydownsmusic.com/Archive/switch_tip_fix_bat.jpg

TELECASTERbstrd
August 16th, 2009, 03:53 PM
What Ron sez...and let's be Honest, how often to you ever change the control plate or the switch on a Tele ?.....Superglue the Dude !

Once every 40 years!

NealVossy
August 16th, 2009, 04:56 PM
Use a strat switchtip. Its the only kind that stay on.

Hackguitarist
August 16th, 2009, 05:12 PM
I hold it down low with a needle nose, and use a cutting diag cutting pliers on the tip to put a slight rotational bend on the tip. The tips stay on well after doing this for me.

MickM
August 16th, 2009, 05:15 PM
I use Terry's method. Also another way to make it stick 'till you want to remove it is a dab of rtv/silicone. Stays rubbery and pliable sorta' like a synthetic booger.

Hackguitarist
August 16th, 2009, 05:18 PM
I use Terry's method. Also another way to make it stick 'till you want to remove it is a dab of rtv/silicone. Stays rubbery and pliable sorta' like a synthetic booger.

But a tone killer! :mrgreen:


synthetic booger

:lol::lol:

teleamp
August 16th, 2009, 06:04 PM
I always take mine off... they just get in the way to me and i am use to using the blade on the fly.

tdowns
August 16th, 2009, 06:04 PM
......Stays rubbery and pliable sorta' like a synthetic booger.


You'll never be able to get vintage twang with a synthetic booger on your Tele!! :razz:

Hackguitarist
August 16th, 2009, 06:21 PM
You'll never be able to get vintage twang with a synthetic booger on your Tele!! :razz:


Exactly what I am talking [typing] about. :mrgreen:

mellecaster
August 16th, 2009, 06:41 PM
You'll never be able to get vintage twang with a synthetic booger on your Tele!! :razz:

That would be a Great name for a Rock Band......:wink:

DavyA
August 16th, 2009, 09:34 PM
I use candle wax! Just a drop or two and you're there! Not very intrusive either!

Jett
August 17th, 2009, 07:44 AM
a small piece of carpet tape on the actual switch will do the trick and you can take it on and off as much as you want. Carpet tape is two sided and very thin.

kp8
August 17th, 2009, 08:13 AM
I always take mine off... they just get in the way to me and i am use to using the blade on the fly.

"naked and bent over" as Fuzzy used to say... Switches that is.

ironweed
August 17th, 2009, 09:43 AM
Plumbers' white joint tape

TG
August 17th, 2009, 04:10 PM
I use what they call BluTak over here...I think it's StickyTak over there. It's the putty stuff you put posters and things up with. I put some in the slot in the switch tip and press it on. Holds for years but still comes off easily enough with a good tug.

drb1346
August 23rd, 2009, 07:12 PM
Go ahead and Super Glue it. How many times are you going to change the thing anyway? Same thing happened to me 6-8 years ago, and it's been no problem whatsoever!

Astro1176
August 23rd, 2009, 07:48 PM
I used some clear nail varnish - I figured it works well enough as thread lock. So far seems to be working ok.

refin
August 23rd, 2009, 07:55 PM
My tele switchtip was falling off last night too---
I think a small wrap of plumber's tape will fix that,or some Elmer's glue.

mickeydean
August 23rd, 2009, 08:40 PM
i think the white switch tips have better tone.

in my day we kept them on with spit. we didn't have nothin' else.

J-man
August 24th, 2009, 12:08 AM
Blu tack.

I don't know if it's popular in the US - but it's incredibly useful stuff.
It's a putty like substance that can stick to most surfaces, but will come off 100% cleanly when you want it to, and can be reused indefinitely.

mattdean4130
August 24th, 2009, 02:38 AM
You're lucky you found yours... I never did :(

Teleblooz
August 24th, 2009, 02:43 AM
I use St.Rat switch tips on both my Teles and have never had one fall off yet. Just the opposite in fact - I had to use a file to ream one out so that it would even go on.

stevieboy
August 24th, 2009, 03:01 AM
It's a tele. It's supposed to fall off. Embrace it!

TeleV
August 24th, 2009, 07:39 AM
I tried various tapes and at the end of the day I bought a Fender replacement and never had a problem since. I think two tips cost $6.

I tried the tip at the store to make sure it went on tight as I think there may be some variability in the tips from manufacturing tolerances.

Here ya go: http://www.guitarcenter.com/Fender-Original-Telecaster-Switch-Tips--2--361800-i1130301.gc

RiseRevenge
March 26th, 2014, 09:50 PM
I found the perfect solution. It doesn't ruin your instrument in any way.

I took a small piece of a paper. 0.5" X 0.5".

I took off the pickup selector knob, put the paper on top of the naked metal and then set the knob on top and pushed it on. The paper makes it impossible for the selector knob to fall off. Hope this helped! :grin:

KevinB
March 26th, 2014, 10:01 PM
A four and a half year old zombie thread! :shock:

Oh, and welcome to the TDPRI.