Switch Tip? Barrel or Top Hat?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by bluescube, Dec 2, 2011.

  1. BopT

    BopT Tele-Afflicted

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    I use vintage switch tips since they sound better.
     
  2. degsycaster

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    Spat coffee at that one. It IS like the lever you depress the toaster mechanism with. For me, it's dependant upon the Tele itself. '50s style Tele - barrel, '60s/'70s - top hat, partscaster - no rule applies.
     
  3. Blackguard13

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    Barrel. It's just what I'm used to.
     
  4. bo

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    The top hat is easier to grab on the fly.
     
  5. e44crowe

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    I prefer a Strat switch tip. I'm ok with the Tele barrel tip. Hate the top hat switch tip.
     
  6. jiveturkey1

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    Not sure if you're serious but I just splurged for a NOS Daka Ware top hat for my Esquire build off of eBay. Love the feel of it!
     
  7. BopT

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    I use vintage switch tips and knobs on my 52 reissues just to add a little extra voodoo.
     
  8. Coop47

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    I love the look of the top hat, but I'm way more likely to accidentally hit it when I'm playing. I can understand why Keef put a strat tip on Micawber.
     
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    No tip at all.

    If I am playing outdoors i will throw the top hat on.
     
  10. ArGoNiQ

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    This. ALWAYS this. My teles wouldnt be my teles without it



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  11. Honest Charley

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    Top Hat. Because You´re worth it. ;)

    Besides, it´s sexy! :cool:
     
  12. jonhart

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    Switch tips just irritate me. They get in the way and I got tired of them popping off while playing, so I got used to playing without them.
     
  13. TeleCustom

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    I like the Top Hat. I have them on all my Teles. Three of them are reissues that came that way though.
     
  14. BoB/335

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    Would like to know more about this switch tip you have. Hope you see this post!
     
  15. BoB/335

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    Well I've been going CRAZY. I had a Highway One Texas that I sold in the beginning of this year because it wasn't being played as I was mainly playing my acoustic the past few years. (Wasn't even picking up my 335)
    I got in a band in late March and wanted to throw a Fender sound in there from time to time. Broke out my Eric Johnson Strat that I bought at a good deal but also hadn't been playing and couldn't get used to it. Thought I should get another Tele and bought a 2012 American Standard off ebay in really great shape. (Love the belly cut and wish it had an arm cut after playing the Strat)

    Love the sound but couldn't understand what was happening when I moved the switch and was hitting the volume knob. I can't remeber how many times I said that I don't remember having that problem with the Highway One. Been looking to sell this Tele because it's driving me crazy.

    So now I find out about the top hat vs barrel plus a slanted switch plate an extra space between the switch and the knob. This Tele might be a keeper afterall!
     
  16. powerwagonjohn

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    I lost my switch knob and installed a heater control knob from a 1969 Dodge truck. It now has a set screw plus I have a few spares.
    Thanks John
     
  17. jaybones

    jaybones Friend of Leo's

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    Barrel I guess. Don't have enough of either to know whether I have a preference.

    @ No-Name "I got the idea from Keef's Macabre" Do you mean micawber? Didn't know he had a Macabre guitar, unless it's what he looks like!
     
  18. hrstrat57

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    Strat tip black on 72 thinline
     
  19. Long_Ghost

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    Rutters.The set screw makes all the difference, and it looks cool.
     
  20. moosie

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    Not sure about that one, but for similar, or to order, ask Marc Rutters. Bottom of this page.


    Barrel for me. Top hat gets in the way, is unnecessary, and looks dumb. In my opinion.
     
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