"Door wedge" footswitch needed

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  1. Tomm Williams

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    Anyone know of any reproduction "Door wedge" single button reverb switches? I just acquired an Alamo 2574 reverb unit that has it's original footswitch cut off. I've seen a couple for Magnatones on Reverb but $90 seems pretty silly.
     
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    Try Antique Electronic Supply.......tubesandmore.com. They have all kinds of stuff. (and it's not really antique stuff)
     
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    Actually door stop footswitches are really easy to make yourself from hardware store parts.
    I made a momentary and a maintained, probably for less than $20.
     
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  4. Wally

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    Tomm, I got your message yesterday and was going to get back to you today. I just attached my last old wedge to my Premier Super 88....perfect match. As RodeoTex notes, they are easy to make. If you want, I work one up for you since I have that package coming your way soon anyway.
     
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    Many of those wedges were just made of wood.
     
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    ^^^^yessir....until some time in the early ‘60’s, all of Gibson’s footswitches were wooden....mahogany...from remnants of their guitar manufacturing process, I am thinking.
     
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    I did not know that.
    Guess I've never seen one Wally.
     
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    I've been meaning to ask you Wally if you would share the dimensions of your GA-40 foot switch? I can guess the angle and width from the bracket in the amp, but don't know how long!
     
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    Sorry I'm keeping mine. I call it my mouse.

    Between the fuzzface and SP10 (test amp) IMG_20180913_124129.jpg
     
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    That would be great Wally ! I need a cable say... 10’ long.
     
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    Tomm, what era Alamo is this...and what model...what color? The last Gibson pedal I had that I put with the Premier had original grown lampcord. That and the old mahogany color of the housing went perfectly with the Premier. It looks like it belongs there.

    After I resurrected the Premier, I brought a Gibson G4RE that has been out of commission since sometime before I bought it maybe
    25-26 years ago. I had bought the Tel-Ray oil 15 years ago!!, Lol... anyway, being from 1964, it has a black plastic housing with a sliding bottom piece for access. There is a snap on rig to hold this one in the cab...where as the older Gibson’s have a metal holster for the wedge.
     
  12. RodeoTex

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    Not period-correct to anything but my Grandma's kitchen:
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    Here it is Wally, the front just says Reverb +but I think it’s a 2574. 65257C82-BBF7-4237-9A6A-BB1E52805381.jpeg
     
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    I made one like that in the late '60s
     
  15. Wally

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    Sure, Bill. I’ll get that info to you as I am doing the unit for Tomm.
    Tomm, black wire it will be.
     
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    i think this is the one wally was talking about. possibly made from leftover guitar parts.

    play music!
    footpedal.jpg
     
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    This one appears to be a molded plastic switch from the ‘60’s.
     
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    C9FDBEF6-F473-45C4-BECE-B8BFD1BEF428.jpeg 88FFF86F-51C1-4F8D-95A6-7A898E91A70B.jpeg Here is the old Gibson switch that was made from mahogany.

    And...th amp with which it looks so appropriate... yes, this Premier DOES ‘Rumble’!
     
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    Bill, these things were not precision items. The switch with my GA-40 measures 4 1/4L x 2 1/2 W x 1 5/8 at the highest point.
    The switch I show above measures 4 3/8 x 2 7/16 x 1 3/4, and it is definitely a Gibson switch. The plastic switch with my GA4RE measures 4 1/4 x 2 7/16 x 1 5/8.
     
  20. Bill Moore

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    Thank you, Wally!
    Maybe it depended on which guitar they were using pieces from?
     
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