CRL 3-Way Tele Switch Material

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by brandonwhite, Jan 17, 2020.

  1. brandonwhite

    brandonwhite Tele-Meister

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    I think I like my tele better without the plastic switch tip on it.
    But I don't like the sharp edges of the metal switch shaft.
    If I file down the sharp corners, will I be destroying some protective plating of some kind?
    Am I making the shaft prone to rust/corrosion?
    It's one of those nice CRL switches, by the way.
    Thanks.
     
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    Danb541 Tele-Meister

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    I don't see an issue with sanding the sharp corners off the metal switch tip.

    What type of plastic switch tip does your tele have? Maybe you could try a different style switch tip before sanding the switch. There are several options. The top hat, the barrel, and just the strat type. I'm guessing you have a barrel or top hat. Try a strat type switch tip, they're a little smaller.
     
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    I didn't realize strat tips fit the same shaft. I might consider trying that.
     
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    Danb541 Tele-Meister

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    They don't always fit the same shaft but sometimes they do. If a strat tip doesn't fit, it will most likely be because the metal on the switch is too wide. If that's the case, Get out your sand paper and make it fit.
     
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    I've been using the standard Strat tip on several guitars with CRL 3 and 5 way switches with no problems.
     
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    do that, as its a excellent idea. I did that for a long time until the beige strat knob gone broken. Had only vintage telli replacement knobs. However one day another strat knob will replace it again.
     
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    Another option is to get a nice metal knurled switch tip, that attaches with an Allen screw. Rutters makes them, and other places, too.

    I guess it depends why you don't like the plastic tips...
     
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