Help dating electronics/control plate

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  1. pcasarona

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    Hi all,

    Best guesses on dating this control plate and electronics. Came out of a '71. Could this be original? I have serious doubts regarding the switch!


    Thanks much,

    Paul

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  2. Antoon

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    Yeah, switch is an aftermarket Oak switch but the pots and caps seem original to me. What is the pot date and value? I have my doubts about the knobs though
     
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    One pot has a 1965 date can't see the other switch is oak replacement. Caps look correct.
     
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    Both pots are dated 49th week of '65. I was a little surprised to find '65 pots. I know that Fender bought a boat load of CTS pots in 66 and that it is not unusual to find '66 pots in late 60's and early 70's guitars, but I didn't know that a '71 could still have '65 pots. What looks funny about the knobs to you?

    Thanks,

    Paul
     
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    My advice for dating electronics: dinner and a movie. No swimming.
     
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    I found this switch in the case. I assume it is the original, but I also assume there is something wrong with it since it was changed out.

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    Knobs look fine
     
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    Yes maybe it is the picture. They have to have a very small dome
     
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    In not sure that relationship will have a future with continuity
     
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  10. Redd Volkaert

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    I bet the switch is still good, unless somebody bends parts too much or
    the switch part breaks away from the top, it can be fixed.
    I bet if you check all the u shaped tabs and make sure they are touching the wiper
    when moving the switches positions it should work fine . . . then put it back.
    Sometimes when someone folks around in the cavity too much without care,
    those little tabs get bent away from the wiper . . . worth a try
     
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    Thanks, that's what I'm hoping. I will definitely check it out and use it if there is any way possible to make it work. As far as I can tell, the guitar is otherwise completely original and I would love to get the original switch back in there.
     
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    A word of warning, if you clean the old switch with servisol or similar take care with the white plastic centre part as it can crack......ask me how I know :cry:
     
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    Thanks for the advice. I'll be careful with that. Any alternatives safer than servisol?
     
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    Put the switch in today. Works fine! A little stiff switching from middle to neck position. I would have thought that a warn-out switch would have been loose and sloppy, just the opposite. Can't figure out why anyone would have taken it out. Maybe they didn't like how stiff it was?
     
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    You can take the spring off and stretch it, and that will ease the stiffness. Spring steel so some tugging is required.
    And any tuner cleaner or isopropyl alcohol will work too with a tooth brush, to clean the switch
     
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