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Straight versus angled switch on the Control Plate.

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Digiplay, Feb 8, 2020.

Do you prefer a straight or angled Control Switch?

  1. Callaham straight

    30 vote(s)
    68.2%
  2. RockRabbit angled

    14 vote(s)
    31.8%
  1. Vanzant

    Vanzant Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    I am by no means an aficionado on this stuff, but I think if you wanted to flip the control plate to have the volume knob closer to your picking hand for volume swells, the switch will now be located where the tone and volume knobs normally are. This moves the switch further away from your picking hand, which would defeat the purpose of having a slanted switch for speed in my opinion...
     
  2. heffus

    heffus Tele-Holic

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    I tried angled but went back to straight. It looks better to me and doesn't
    prevent me from doing anything I need to do.
     
  3. Strum und Twang

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    Just to show that there's no real accounting for tastes, I took the Rock Rabbit slanted plate that raysachs had on the Road Worn he mentioned above (and kindly sold to me) and replaced it with a straight plate I had in my box of Telecaster bits. At gigs I like doing volume swells, switching into different pickup positions, and all other manner of silliness, but I've never had a problem with access or speed of switching. But everyone's different and I respect whatever gets a Tele player through the night (to paraphrase Mr. Lennon).
     
  4. Skub

    Skub Poster Extraordinaire

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    Angled for me. I make my own,tis very simple.
     
  5. Guitarteach

    Guitarteach Doctor of Teleocity

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    Reverse it...

    Volume control in reach under pinky and selector is away from accidental knocks.

    The angled idea is still not as good imho.

    free too.
     
  6. AAT65

    AAT65 Poster Extraordinaire

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    The straight switch slot is just the way I like it: I turn toggles round to go fore-&-aft as well. The angled switch doesn’t work for me.
    I am very tempted by the idea of moving the volume control a wee bit nearer the tone control though — that would make sense to me.
     
  7. Digiplay

    Digiplay Tele-Afflicted

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    Hey guys, dumb old Jerry neglected to tell you that my Control Plate is reversed :)

    Also note that the switch positions are the same as normal (bridge alone is in position one, far right).

    Will the plate being reversed make ANY difference as to your preference?
     
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  8. Digiplay

    Digiplay Tele-Afflicted

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    That's EXACTLY what the Callaham straight switch version does.

    It moves the tone control 1/2" closer to the volume control.
     
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  9. Gene O.

    Gene O. Tele-Holic Gold Supporter

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    I voted straight because I think it looks better. Plus, I have been known to knock a Tele switch to a different position by strumming, so I don't need more help with an angled switch.
     
  10. mfguitar

    mfguitar Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    I voted straight only because I never tried angle. I reverse the control plate and I do bend the switch arm slightly so to clear the knobs easier.
     
  11. Dunedin2019

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    If they chromed both sides you could flip it...
     
  12. TeleToneTony

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    I could use angled as on occasion I move the volume knob accidentally when switch from the bridge pup.
     
  13. INFANT

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    Never tried the angled but I've played a Tele for 45 years and my pinky knows exactly where that switch is located.
     
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  14. tele_savales

    tele_savales Tele-Holic Platinum Supporter

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    I have an angle slot plate that I got from Rock Rabbit and it's really handy especially w a 5-way superswitch.
    Also, I reverse all my control plates so even w a 4-way that front position s awfully close to the tone control so you have to pinch the pickup selector rather than just flick it. The angled slot eliminates that issue.
     
  15. Fuggle

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    I voted angled cuz you used my guitar in your pic! ;)
     
  16. boris bubbanov

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    I'd rather, make the plate out of nice stainless, and then polish the Dickens out of it until it approaches nickel in appearance.

    I find the plating process interferes with our ability to get a clean edge that's capable of being reversed as to which side shows.

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    I like what Bill Callaham did. As a customer of Taipantone, Vince and I arranged for Vince to make a batch with even more space between the volume pot hole and the elongated 4 way switch compatible plates of stainless. We even did a batch of plates with the switch in the MIDDLE, between the volume and tone. Unfortunately that design didn't work well, at least for me, when actually playing. I might give it another try, though. Btw Taipantone remains closed, best I know.
     
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  17. El Tele Lobo

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    I originally voted Straight because...tradition.

    Just changed my vote to angled because...different. Also, bucking the trend.
     
  18. golfnut

    golfnut Friend of Leo's

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    I voted straight. In my advancing years I've really become close minded about anything that doesn't follow tradition. Even to the point that I stopped replacing the stock brass saddles for compensated and I stick with the vintage strap buttons instead of locking.
    Everything stock and I don't have any issues with functionality like some complaining of not enough space between switch and volume, etc.
     
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  19. tele_savales

    tele_savales Tele-Holic Platinum Supporter

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    You're absolutely right. I complain about it all the time to anyone who will listen. The fact that Leo designed the thing with no room between the controls to begin with, much less after buckling to the massive peer pressure to install a 4 way switch. Drives me insane.
     
  20. P-Nutz

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    I do straight, but flip the knobs and switch ...
     
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