My strat has betrayed me...

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by rainbowbear998, Feb 7, 2019.

  1. rainbowbear998

    rainbowbear998 Tele-Meister

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    I need some troubleshooting advice from the brains trust on here. My main electric at the moment is a late 80s Japanese Fender strat - I love it to death but at the moment it's starting to really frustrate me. Whenever I move the pickup selector, the signal from the guitar cuts out for a fraction of a second. It started out fairly intermittently, but now it happens pretty much every time I move the selector, with the cut-out getting longer and longer, to the point that a few days ago the signal just completely died and wouldn't come back until I moved the switch again.

    I've pulled the pickguard off and all the wiring looks intact, which leads me to believe it's a problem with the switch itself. Is there a way to fix this that doesn't require me buying a new switch?
     
  2. guitarbuilder

    guitarbuilder Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    I'd just replace the switch. You could try resoldering the connections too.
     
  3. Lonn

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    Contact cleaner.
     
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    Engraver-60 Friend of Leo's

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    Strat switches have little gold plated fingers that squeeze on the sliding knife. Try pushing them in towards the sliding knife and maybe that'll get your signal corrected. It worked for me back in the 60's. Clean them with De-Oxit, too.
     
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    8barlouie Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    Before replacing the switch, spray some Deoxit in it and work it back and forth a few times to let it do it’s thing. You might buy some time with that.
     
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  6. Jupiter

    Jupiter Telefied Silver Supporter

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    I'd do what the last 3 guys said and if that didn't work it's solderin time.
     
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  7. jvin248

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    If the switch looks like this
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    Don't even mess with spraying cleaner in it.

    Just replace it with a CRL or Oak-Grigsby brand that looks like this, the switch is around $10 online. Some soldering required.

    [​IMG]
     
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    dan1952 Friend of Leo's

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    This!
     
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  9. Fiesta Red

    Fiesta Red Friend of Leo's

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    What he said.
     
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    schmee Poster Extraordinaire

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    Yep switch. You can try spray cleaner. But eventually you need a switch.
     
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  11. Lonn

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    Indeed, if it's one of those boxy ones just replace it.
     
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  12. rainbowbear998

    rainbowbear998 Tele-Meister

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    Yep, sadly it is one of the boxy ones - I guess I'm ordering a new switch!
     
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  13. Shuster

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    It's junk!! Just chit can it and get yourself something better, there is no possible way to fix it right!! PM me, I deal with used discarded Fender junk! I'll even pay the shipping,,, it's how I roll:)
     
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    The cheap switches feel a bit flimsy, but usually work for years
    I wouldn't spend any time on one either
    Remember, the new switch uses a bigger sized tip, so be sure to get one in the right color when you order the switch
     
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    You’re all wrong. The only real solution is to go buy a new Strat!
     
  16. Nightclub Dwight

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    This is the best advice I've read, but its still slightly wrong. This man obviously needs a new Telecaster.
     
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    You might be right. But just to be on the safe side he should by both
     
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    Is it a 3 tone sunburst, system 1 trem and modified for a 80's jb humbucker in the bridge?
    Reason I ask is I sold mine in Derringers Music years ago and have been searching for it ever since.
     
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    as you're at it ... you might take in consideration this, freeway superswitch :)
     
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  20. rainbowbear998

    rainbowbear998 Tele-Meister

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    Look I can’t argue with that. I played an American pro Tele the other day and it was seriously nice...

    Nope, mine’s a black on black 62 reissue, with all the original pickups - I got it from Pete Sells Guitars down in Melbourne.

    That thing is terrifying! I need to work out whether I want to keep this one as close to the original as possible or if I want to make it a bit more versatile - if I go with the latter, some new pickups and a fancy switching system may be in order.
     
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