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Top Hat Blues!

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by 41144, Jan 29, 2018.

  1. 41144

    41144 Tele-Afflicted

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    This is going to sound ridiculous but ... is there some special technique for fitting a Top Hat switch cover?

    Last week a bit of over-enthusiastic switching during rehearsal saw my Top Hat fly off ...

    It's an AV64 Telecaster so checked on the Fender website and ordered part 099-4937-000. £13!

    Fortunately two in the pack so today ... on arrival ... went to fit one - it broke!

    Surely all you do is push it down/on?
    Or is there some special incantation needed first?

    btw - although not on this one, I've completely gutted guitars before now and never been stumped by putting the switch cover on at the end of a project.


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  2. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    I’d get a switch tip with a set screw.
     
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    Bit of chewing gum, play doh or something in the top hat to ‘stick’ it on?

    Or superglue for a more extreme fix?
     
  4. 41144

    41144 Tele-Afflicted

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    Brookdalebill .... If only I could :)
    Smiff ... Think that's how it left the factory :lol:
     
  5. Ira7

    Ira7 Doctor of Teleocity

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    I never saw that.
     
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    Rutters makes a cool one that matches the existing knobs. It’s on my “hope someone buys it for me” list.
     
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    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    Armadillo here in Austin, too.
    It's a great idea, the set screw knob.
    I circumvented my hassle with the dern things by installing a Gibson type switch in a Gibson-like place on my guitar.
    That's probably way too radical for you Tele purists.
    I greatly prefer it.
     
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    41144 Tele-Afflicted

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    I am talking switch tips here fellas not control knobs ... getting me even more confused now :eek:

    Checked Armadillo and Rutters ... no switch tips, unless that's a secret/special page for USA only ;)
     
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    A bit of sellotape around the metal bit does the trick for me.
     
  10. Ira7

    Ira7 Doctor of Teleocity

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    I just wrap some electrical tape around the the switch shaft to make a tighter fit when pushing the tip on, for those that don't go on tight.

    Some switches have different profiles, as do the tip "holes," and it's a PITA at times and not one size fits all.

    But tips are cheap enough to lose one occasionally.
     
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  11. Ira7

    Ira7 Doctor of Teleocity

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    You beat me by ten seconds.
     
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    I’ve always used a half width of plumbers pipe tape...never lost one.
     
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    Seasicksailor Friend of Leo's

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    SUCK IT!!!!

    [Does 20sec victory dance around the room while screaming rhythmically 'Ira7 is a LOSER!']
     
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    Is it me ... must be ...

    The problem isn't getting the switch tip to stay on ... its getting it on in the first place.

    I've got other (non-Fender) tips that will fit ... what I'm trying to establish is why, according to the Fender parts layout diag. for the AV64 ... the correct Fender switch tip replacement part will not push on to the switch.
    End of the world - No ... annoying Yes!

    So, has anyone out there had cause to replace an AV64 switch tip?
    Did you use the Fender replacement part ... if Yes, did it go on easily ... if not can you explain how you managed to get it on
    OR
    Did you just buy a cheap knock offs from sleazebay or similar and hope for the best ... Cheers.
     
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    You may well have a 'metric' switch.

    I recently put a top hat tip on my partscaster - and the metric one did not fit - it was far too tight.

    I found a slightly more expensive imperial one, and it fits like a glove.
     
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    Anode100 ... metric/imperial can be a bind but this is "as was" out of the shop.
    So unless Fender messed up with the actual switch part .... a Fender Replacement switch tip part should work ... :mad: grrr
     
  19. Ira7

    Ira7 Doctor of Teleocity

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    I would be frightened of a guitarist using that KNOB as a SWITCH!
     
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    Ira7 Doctor of Teleocity

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    Now THAT'S funny!!!
     
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