Where to find chrome Top Hat switch tip

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  1. Peter Rabbit

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    Pretty self-explanatory. I can find some barrel tips, but no top hat style, like this:

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    Never seen a chrome switch tip. Since they are usually plastic, and a friction-fit to the switch lever, if you do find a chrome plated metal version it seems like it may need some kind of set screw to hold it onto the switch lever.
     
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    Thanks for the replies, kids! I wouldn't mind silvered or chromed plastic top hat tips at all. In fact, plastic would be preferable. Cheaper, by a whole lot.
    Alamo, those chroming kits are 500 to 2000 buckaroos! wow
     
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    I had not researched the price -- but hey, there's chrome in them hills.
    how about making 10.000 of 'em and make a profit?
     
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    I am glad to see that I am not the only one who doesn't like these things...
     
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    ore these on the same site
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    I once was leant a vintage Schecter Tele from a workmate and accidentally broke/ lost (?) the top hat switch. Spent all weekend looking for a black one and found one easily. Told him the truth on Monday and he was cool about it.
    Just one of my dumb stories.
    My question is- why do you want one? I favour the vintage style JMHO.:confused:
     
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    Thanks guys! I can't believe that no-one on Earth makes/sell this part. I mean, you can get full Strat chromed plastic everything - pup covers, knobs, switch tips, all of it. Same for Gibson stuff.
    I'm not a petulant child, but I want what I want, because I like it. But still no luck. Gonna keep looking.
     
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    PlastiKote 615 Chrome Bumper Paint

    Krylon K01010A Premium Metalic Original Chrome 8 Ounce
     
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    I made some out of chrome inner tube caps. I melted plastic into the cap and pressed the switch blade in while warm. They work great and I picked mine up last time I was at the tire shop for free from the tire dude.
     
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    Wasn't there a member here who made all his own parts for his Tele's? Even the switch tips? John Rutter? Probably not cheap, but if you really want one.......?
     
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    Ooops...my bad!
     
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    @BopT Do the inner tube caps look top hat shaped?

    @Mike SS rutters only does barrel style.
     
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    Looks like I'll have to use some 600 grit paper and silver model car paint. Enamel seems the most long-wearing paint.
    O.K., another DIY experience! yay
     
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    Try nail polish.

    Dirt cheap, and you'll have a million shiny silvery colors to choose from.

    Plus, when you see any wear, instead of doing your nails, just do your SWITCH!
     
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