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Question about bending selector switch shaft.

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by LutherBurger, Jun 17, 2018.

  1. LutherBurger

    LutherBurger Poster Extraordinaire

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    I use Strat switch tips on my Teles to give my fingers more room between the tip and the volume knob, but I've recently run into a new problem. I installed a Mojotone Vintage Taper volume pot, and I love everything about it except one thing: it rotates too easily -- just barely touching its knob will rotate it, and I can't switch out of the bridge position without touching it.

    I don't want to disassemble the pot to add damping grease, so I'm considering bending the switch's shaft to move the tip away from the knob.

    Now the question for those who have done this:

    Did you bend the switch tip up toward your head, or down toward the floor?
     
  2. AngelDeville

    AngelDeville Tele-Afflicted

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    Toward the floor is the way I done em.
     
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    Me too.....not much, maybe 45 degrees. (if straight up is 90 degrees)
     
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    archetype Fiend of Leo's

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    The Danny Gatton bend is down, toward the floor. 45 degrees is too much unless you're using a Strat switch tip. Just pop off the switch tip and bend it with vicegrips until it suits you.
     
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  5. stormin1155

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    A couple of options... flip your control plate so the volume pot is where the switch currently is, and switch moves to the furthest back position. Or cut a thin piece of foam rubber the size of the knob with a hole in the center.... in other words make a foam rubber washer. Pull your knob and put it under the knob. That will make it move less freely.
     
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    Or just get a plate that has the switch slot rotated a few degrees. It's a better finished look than a bent switch.
     
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    I like those. There's also a plate where the hole for the volume knob is moved an extra 3/8" away from the switch. Rutters makes both but they are undeniably pricey.
     
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    Thank you all for your suggestions. I never had a problem before installing the low-drag pot, so think I'll try cutting a foam donut for the knob first.

    FOLLOW-UP: I couldn't find any of the thin, gray packing foam that I was certain I had around here somewhere, so I cut a small disc from a spare foam screen that's made to fit over the business end of an SM-58, and punched a hole in the center. The knob now stays put when I flick the switch, but is still easy to turn.

    Thanks again.
     
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    Why not a rubber o-ring under the knob against the plate. Seems a lot less invasive than damaging the pot.
     
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    Yeah, that's what I did. I'm a lazy bastid, so I don't know why the simplest solution didn't occur to me in the first place. I'm glad y'all are here to help.
     
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    You should be able to stiffen up to pot without disassembling it. Use spark plug dielectric grease that comes in a pressurized aerosol can and inject it into the small holes on the back of the pot. Rotate the pot shaft to distribute the grease after you inject it.
     
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    Thank you. I was unaware of that type of product until now.

    But the homemade foam washer did the trick without even unscrewing the control plate.
     
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    I've bought supposed "upgrade" pots like that. They are terrible. Just bite the bullet and put a good CTS pot in there. Bending the switch isnt going to solve your problem entirely. I once bought a set of 4 DiMarzio 500k pots. They were all like that and terrible. You could try a soft spring under the knob.
     
  15. LutherBurger

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    This is "a good CTS pot" that was made for Mojotone with a 30% taper, and its actual value is within 1% of its nominal value. I bought it to replace "a good CTS pot" whose 10% taper I didn't like.

    Its only flaw, in my opinion, was its low drag (EDIT: which they advertise as a feature -- "Effortless turning"), which is now fixed.
     
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    That's interesting, I've never had a too loose CTS guitar pot. How did you fix it?
     
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