4 way issue: bridge only not working

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  1. sleazy pot pie

    sleazy pot pie Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    Moosie was nice enough to make this drawing for me.

    Everything is working as it should except for the bridge only position.
    This is driving me nuts. Before I take this guitar out back and give it the Ole Yeller treatment, could someone help me to figure out what the issue is please.
     
  2. sjtalon

    sjtalon Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    >except for the bridge only position.<

    Loosen the switch screws- try it.

    The slot in the control plate is often not long enough for the lever to throw all the way.

    I file it a tad with a real fine hack saw blade, if you can't find a happy place moving the switch around as naturally there is play in all the holes.
     
  3. sleazy pot pie

    sleazy pot pie Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    I wish it was as easy as that.
    I have been testing it with the plate turned upside down, so the switch is not catching anything.

    I have a multi meter , when I touch the bridge hot and the back of a pot, it shoes 7.2 k

    I can tap on the bridge in all other positions and hear it
     
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    You do have a three wire neck pup right ?

    Or the pup has no cover ?
     
  5. AJBaker

    AJBaker Friend of Leo's

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    Did you try removing the plate from the switch?
    Did everything work fine before you installed the 4-way?
    I imagine that sjtalon is right, and it's a matter of the switch not quite getting to where it needs to.
     
  6. sleazy pot pie

    sleazy pot pie Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    Have neck cover ground wire
    I have the cover turned over, so it isn’t catching on the bottom
     
  7. LutherBurger

    LutherBurger Friend of Leo's

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    Unscrew and remove the switch from the plate, and test the switch again.
     
  8. sleazy pot pie

    sleazy pot pie Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    Ok, unscrewed to switch from the cover, still no dice
    Bridge works in other two positions, neck in all 3 it should
    Just no bridge solo
     
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    Can you see the switch contacts move a little when the wiper slides through them in the bridge position, on both sides of the wafer? If not (movement can be next to impossible to see) how about if you gently push on those contacts with something thin & non-conductive like a toothpick?
     
  10. sleazy pot pie

    sleazy pot pie Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    Well, I found the culprit 1EB42631-D9C4-4959-A904-25F2FF390FEB.jpeg 4CE7D9E5-0841-4779-9B26-A7A1044F98A3.jpeg
    I had the switch tip pushed down too far and it wouldn’t travel all the way.
    I didn’t take it off when I unscrewed the switch the first time
     
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