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Need to replace frozen Alpha rotary switch

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Sequimite, Nov 8, 2020.

  1. Sequimite

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    Just received a tele-type electric with humbuckers and three knobs. Front knob is volume and pulls for single coil. Middle knob is tone, pulls for single coil. Back knob is the frozen Alpha rotary which I assume sets tonal range. Can someone please identify a particular rotary switch I should buy to replace this. Thanks.

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    Here's the whole body:
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    Stew Mac has one, double pole triple throw I THINK. I bought it's sister for my Gibson L6 though I don't intend to wire the phase option of the 6 positions, not my bag but I love the others :)

    Dave

    PS that may be a 4 pole, one being a SC shorting switch for the humbucker
     
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    When you say it's frozen, what do you mean? It won't turn? Try sparaying a bit of wd40 down the shaft. Can you show a picture of how it is all wired together and a picture from the bottom of the rotary switch?
     
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    looks like a lot of solder on those pins... maybe some wicked up into the contacts. we need to see the main wafer and figure out the poles & throws
     
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    Yeppers
     
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    It LOOKS 6 pole to me but a direct pic from the back is needed to be sure

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    could be 6 pole and 2 throws. need to count the pins in the inner and out rings. there are 12 connections on the outer ring right?

    edit... yes, could be 6 throws and 2 poles. how many tall contacts are in the inner ring? that is the number of poles. the tall ones that were meant to have a wire and be soldered
     
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    Thank you, thank you, thank you. Most of you gave me too much credit by assuming I had already tried an electronics cleaner. I hadn't, I did, it worked. The Alpha rotary switch had a post that was smaller than the Bourns double pots, The knob falls off. Someone added something to the flat to make it fit and some adhesive was used which may have worked down into the switch.

    It's a 5 way switch. Full counterclockwise is the brightest tone, which darkens as you turn it clockwise. I can't hear any difference on the last two detents. P1030451.JPG
     
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    5 positions, 3 capacitors, two detents not being different ... sounds like maybe it all adds up.
     
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    Let us know if you prefer it to a standard tone potentiometer. I don't really understand the need for complexity at the cost of smoothness and variable tone. That is why I dumped my varitone.
     
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