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Tele Switch Tip Keeps Falling Off

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by northernguitar, Jan 25, 2021.

  1. northernguitar

    northernguitar Tele-Holic

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    Hey there! My Tele switch tip is on so loose, I can easily knock it off the the light brush of a finger. What's your trick to keeping it on?
     
  2. ScottJPatrick

    ScottJPatrick Friend of Leo's

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    Bluetac, or even better, just use a strat switch tip.
     
  3. nickmsmith

    nickmsmith Tele-Meister

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    wrap the end of the switch with a small piece of tape. Cheap and easy. Also, reversible.

    masking tape, painters tape, electrical tape.. any will do.
     
  4. backporchmusic

    backporchmusic Friend of Leo's

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    I use plumbers tape for things like that.
     
  5. Peegoo

    Peegoo Poster Extraordinaire

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    I invented a cool fix for this many years ago:

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    Like this:

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  6. jackal

    jackal Friend of Leo's Platinum Supporter

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    Double sided tape. Just a very small piece will do it. Or one of the ones with a set screw.
     
  7. northernguitar

    northernguitar Tele-Holic

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    Thank you all! I reckon that covers the obvious solutions. :)
     
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  8. suave eddie

    suave eddie Friend of Leo's

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    ^This is the quickest and easiest fix.^
     
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  9. BelairPlayer

    BelairPlayer Tele-Afflicted

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    Peegoo saved me the trouble. This is exactly what I do, plus a tiny bit of ca glue. Never have any issues.
     
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  10. Peegoo

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    Note that many modern plastic switch tips--especially the round barrel type--are not solid. They have a small slot for the switch blade to fit into, and the plastic that fits around the blade is ridiculously thin, and it cracks and spreads open. This often results in a switch tip that expands internally, no matter what you do to keep it on there.

    A fix for this is to place a small drop of hot snot (heat-melt glue) over the bottom of the switch tip and quickly jam it onto the switch blade. This is a semi-permanent fix. If you evern need to remove the switch tip in the future, warm up the blade with your soldering stick and the glue will soften and release.
     
  11. TokyoPortrait

    TokyoPortrait Friend of Leo's

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    Hi.

    My most recently purchased Tele* came without a switch tip. I’ve had it since November. It’s a 50s / blackguard type and I wanted to put on an appropriate, period correct-ish tip, but just haven’t gotten around to getting one. However, earlier today I stuck on a spare top hat type one I have lying around. Took it off half an hour later. Just seems too big now.

    Anyway, I’ve read of people cutting a little square of fine sandpaper and folding it over the blade and pushing the tip down onto that. Just to jam it on.

    Pax/
    Dean
    * he says. As if there’s any more than two...
     
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  12. viking

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    Many of us have gotten used guitars without switch tips , Im sure...

    But how about those Einstein part sellers that put 3-4-5 etc classic switches in bags without a tip at all ?

    Almost as stupid as those pickups sold without screws and springs , WTF ?
     
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  13. decibel

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    I put one small ball of (hard/unprocessed) gleegum/chicle in the black plastic. Works like a charm. Also use the shorter knob not the tophat one (my hand hits it).
     
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  14. ElJay370

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    Last edited: Jan 25, 2021
  15. Jakedog

    Jakedog Telefied Ad Free Member

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    Strat switch tip. No more problems. I don’t think I’ve used a factory tele switch tip since the early 90’s. When it broke, I went to get a new one and the store only had a strat tip. It was such an improvement I’ve never used anything else.
     
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  16. tah1962

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    +1...Works great.
     
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  17. El Serio

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    Timely thread for me. Thanks to all who offered their solutions
     
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  18. ronmail65

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    Crazy Glue.
     
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  19. notroHnhoJ

    notroHnhoJ Tele-Meister

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    Yep, this was my fix (gaffers tape) Its held now
    for almost 6 years of gigs and touring use.
     
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    My tech approves!
     
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