New 3 way switch is junk

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by Bartholomew3, Nov 10, 2017.

  1. Bartholomew3

    Bartholomew3 Friend of Leo's

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    68 tele original switch works better than the new one I bought so put the original back with new pots.

    Another example - don't make them like they used to... That old switch is really solid, has a great spring instead of tinny parts and clicks right into position.

    Brand new switch from Fender - piece of slop, no precision, like a shifter on an old British car from the fifties.

    Have a 250K tele pot dated from 1966 if anyone is interested. Don't understand why people buy them on eBay except maybe to counterfeit vintage guitars so I would probably never sell it anyways.
     
  2. SPUDCASTER

    SPUDCASTER Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    The old switch is probably a CRL. The new Fender is probably an Oak Grigsby.

    Love the CRL's, not a fan of the OG's.

    And I know, made by the same company.
     
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    Tuxedo Poly Tele-Afflicted

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    CRL still made in the US of A by Electroswitch. Oak-Grigsby now produced in their Mexican factory.
    It's a shame CRL only make 3 and 5 way, the 4 way and super switches are Oak technology.
    The Fender Pure Vintage switches are CRL, Fender part numbers 0038993049 for the 3 way and 00038929049 for the 5 way.
     
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    1955 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Good info from Tuxedo Poly as usual. Just redid a harness last night, a lot of times it's the switch
     
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    Geo Friend of Leo's

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    Strange on the Oak 3-way to be sloppy like that. I have 3 or 4 of their 4-way switches installed and all are very tight.
    Same with the Triton brand from Fender and other sources.
     
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