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Switch tip shootout! What's your favorite?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Marn99, Nov 27, 2020.

What's your favorite switch tip?

  1. Round Daka-ware flat top

    43 vote(s)
    29.3%
  2. Round Daka-ware recessed top

    20 vote(s)
    13.6%
  3. Daka-ware top hat

    47 vote(s)
    32.0%
  4. Other

    37 vote(s)
    25.2%
  1. Marn99

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    I would actually say that that depends, as far as fit goes. Top hats I buy straight from Davies Molding/Daka-ware in Chicago, they're still made with the original injection die. The round ones I buy vintage originals, they're not that expensive because blade switches using them were very common in the 50s, especially on tube testers. I've found that if you search through a pile of daka-ware made ones, you will find all manner of fits, especially on the vintage ones, ranging from decent at best to tight as all hell. I use the latter end of the scale the most.
     
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  2. Marn99

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    Up until around 1954-ish, Fender used both the flat top round tips and the recessed ones, it's rather random from guitar to guitar. In the 1946 Centralab (CRL) catalog, the CRL 1452 is illustrated with the recessed type, the only option being black, the 1953 catalog illustrates them with a top hat, with the color options being black, white, and maroon. They included screws and a single knob with each switch from the Centralab factory (still standing at 900 East Keefe Ave. Milwaukee, only 21 minutes from my house). It looks like Centralab was using both the flat top and recessed top from Daka-ware, and Leo simply specified a black knob in his orders, and used whatever kind they sent him.
     
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  3. myteleplaysjazz

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    This seems like such a minuscule issue. I can make any tip and any switch, work anytime.
     
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    Round barrel recessed top as that's the original tip on my refin 53 blackguard.

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    Strat tips are the best!!
     
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    It's not an issue, nor did I intend make it out to be. I was just curious about what people seem to prefer :)
     
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    Perhaps "issue" was a poor choice of words. Shall we say then, topic.
    I never gave a switch tip type a second thought.
     
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  8. Otis Fine

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    I wouldn’t TOUCH a guitar unless the whole thing had been assembled thusly.
     
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    Heavy knurled Rutters

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    I've used them all, really no preference. Just whatever works for you.
     
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    Rutters
     
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    Here’s my favorite knob 8E31785C-4FA2-434A-8975-7EEA93AE2450.jpeg
     
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    When I read questions like this, I ask myself, what would Muddy Waters think if he'd been asked the same question?
     
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    Yeah, Rutters
     
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    I remove them from Teles
     
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    Never heard of any of those in the OP. I'm fine with whatever comes on the guitar from the factory/shop.
     
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    I voted for the top hat---but as long as they stay in place, they all work well for me. A little piece of painter's tape on the switch first, press the tip in place and it's going nowhere.

    My biggest issue is I don't like them to be slippery. We sweat a lot on gigs down here on the Gulf Coast. For my top hat switch, I sand them with 1500 grit paper and they look fine but are not slick and slippery.

    If you want something truly special, check out dkknobs.com. I have bought from him several times, and the product has been excellent. All wood switch tips, fit very tight, and if ordered without finish, they literally grab your finger when sweating, so the slippery issue is solved. He has ALL kinds of woods to choose from. I have used both ebony and African Blackwood. They look pretty traditional, but feel great, and are less than Rutters, etc. ($20).

    My Suhr T has a very dark fretboard. Here is a dkknobs switch tip in African Blackwood that goes great with the guitar. (pickguard recently changed).

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