Loose Switch Tip/Knob? A Non-glue Fix

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  1. tdowns

    tdowns Former Member

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    I'm been doing some re-fretting lately. I have been replacing frets on old/odd guitars that have fret kerfs too wide for standard fret wire and etc. I've been using the fret sizer tool, and have been contemplating the concept of fret barbs, and their holding friction.

    Concurrently, I have the old Tele "switch tip falling off" problem on one of my geetars. I was thinking, a barb on the switch handle bat would really cure that. So, I grabbed a set of diagonal pliers and squeezed a deformation into each side of the the switch handle. I put the switch tip/knob back on and it was quite tight. I put one more of set of deformations up further in the handle, and it was really tight.

    Here is what I did.
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    The resultant barbs on the switch handle are pictured here.

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    If you have a loose one, try it and tell me what you think. I've had trouble with glue fixes. This is a really fast solution as well. You can do it with the switch assembled in the guitar. If it is a problem in the future, you can always file them down.
     
  2. beep.click

    beep.click Poster Extraordinaire

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    Excellent idea; thank you for posting!
     
  3. modelo dos

    modelo dos Tele-Meister

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    +1 U da man, Terry.
     
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    ...That will werk Terry and Thanx fer the great pixs.

    ...I used tew dew it almost the same cept I uzed a big set of dykes and jes grabbed with the very tip of em and twisted makin liddo saw like teeth on each edge.



    0le FUZZY
     
  5. tdowns

    tdowns Former Member

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    Well twisting=friction, like what I'm doing with the $75 pair of pliers I bought from StewMac.

    Barbs=friction too.

    Thanks for postin' my friend!!
     
  6. tpaul

    tpaul Poster Extraordinaire

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    Hey - another great idea I wouldn't have thought of! I'm gonna try it!

    Terry - those look like wire snips to me. Never heard of "diagonal pliers." Same, or different?
     
  7. Tdot

    Tdot Poster Extraordinaire

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    That's what I did to my MIM!

    $75 :eek: they better not be made in China.
     
  8. Hockey Rocker

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    Nice trick. Will do. Thanks.
     
  9. holndav

    holndav Friend of Leo's

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    Nice one, Terry!
     
  10. johnnylaw

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    Tip? What tip?
     
  11. modelo dos

    modelo dos Tele-Meister

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    Heh, I was saying the same thing until about a month ago. Finally broke down and snagged a 2-pack of them on Ebay (genuine Fender and cheap, too). While the tip does finish things off a bit, I admit I didn't mind it that much without...
     
  12. tdowns

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    Basically the same. You can use either. Diagonal cutters come together like this: >< where as flush cutters are more like

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  13. Mik

    Mik Tele-Afflicted

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    $75??!! and I was saving up for an inch pounds torque wrench.

    Something in the tool boxes will have to sub...

    The last week I've been chasing a Tele tip rolling around the floor!

    Thanks for the tip on the tip Terry.

    Mik
     
  14. CSS

    CSS Tele-Holic

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    Guess I can throw away that business card I keep tearing pieces off of to stuff in my swith tip. LOL
     
  15. SINCASTER

    SINCASTER Tele-Holic

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    I like to use super thin double sided carpet tape.
    Cut to the width of the shaft and fold over the top on both sides about 1/8 of an inch.
    Tips stay on for good but can be removed with a vigorous wiggle.
    Dozens of applications over 35 years and never a failure.
     
  16. CSS

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    We need to start a TDPRI repair manual. Little tidbits like this are invaluable. I actually fixed two of my Teles today using this method. Works like a charm. Look out Strats, here come the pliers.
     
  17. csapo

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    In a pinch, I use my wife's clear nail polish. :eek: (I think I read about this here on TDPRI :confused: )

    Holds well and can be easily removed.
     
  18. marc sosnoff

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    i just use maskin tape over the end of the switch shaft install the tip
    same as sincaster never came off since
     
  19. telex76

    telex76 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Thanks, I've noticed the tip almost off my newest tele a couple times already. Gonna try this right now.
     
  20. rustneversleeps

    rustneversleeps TDPRI Member

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    This really helps!
     
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