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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Telecasters / Tele switch tips; What's your preference? Why?

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Peegoo
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May 25th, 2018 12:50 PM   Edit   Profile  

$40? Yikes! That's the cost of a good pickup.

But if it works for you, that is all that matters, and I can go pound sand.

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May 27th, 2018 05:58 AM   Edit   Profile  

Lots of dough yes. I figured since it was handmade brass and the guitar is a one of a kind; I’d splurge.

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May 27th, 2018 06:06 AM   Edit   Profile  

It's a great idea if you don't want to bend the switch.

I have a Reverend that has a Tele-style control plate. It came with a pretty rinkydink import Tele switch (plastic body). I went to install a 3-way CRL, and it didn't fit! The korina body was too shallow for the depth of the switch.

So I got a blank Tele plate, drilled three holes in it, and swapped it out. I used a Switchcraft Les Paul switch that flips up and down at a 45-degree angle. It works really well. I find it odd that more makers don't use this type of switch on their Tele clones.

Sharkie
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May 27th, 2018 11:07 AM   Edit   Profile  

^^ perhaps they want you to buy their switch as opposed to substituting a generic part.

Peegoo
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May 27th, 2018 11:23 AM   Edit   Profile  

The import switch cost is around $1 or so wholesale. The Switchcraft part is around $2.50 wholesale. The cheap switch saves production costs and increases per-unit margin.

Tony F

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May 27th, 2018 01:58 PM   Edit   Profile  

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RicOkc

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May 28th, 2018 01:42 AM   Edit   Profile  

Whatever tip came on that model originally.

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larryguitar
Jun 3rd, 2018 09:37 PM   Edit   Profile  

I went ahead and sprung for the T-Fin. I actually run into the issue of hitting the switch and the volume at the same time. It seems to address that problem.

I always felt the Telecaster switch plate is a flawed design. The volume should be on top and then the switch in the middle and the tone on the bottom with enough space in between.

Peegoo
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Jun 3rd, 2018 09:46 PM   Edit   Profile  

You can get a blank Tele plate and cut/drill it for the control layout of your choice.

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Jun 4th, 2018 03:55 AM   Edit   Profile  

Barrel... Why? It's the only one I've ever used and it works fine for me.

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Jun 4th, 2018 09:02 AM   Edit   Profile  

You could also contact these guys (link) and they'll make you a really nice plate for a reasonable price.

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Jun 4th, 2018 09:23 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks Peegoo. That might work for me. I live in a condo and just don't have a workshop for this kind of thing. But I like the idea of a custom made plate. I'm also thinking how I would reconfigure the bridge plate.

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Jun 4th, 2018 12:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

The other option is to order a blank plate from a joint like GFS and simply drill three 1/2" holes in it. The blank plates are cheep!

The volume pot goes in the first hole, the tone goes in the third hole, and a Les Paul-type three position switch goes in the middle. I did something very similar to this on a Reverend guitar.

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Jun 14th, 2018 09:48 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'm a little concerned. I ordered the Tele switch tip from the TFin company and paid through PayPal 10 days ago. I heard nothing and received no confirmation and my emails are going unanswered. The website contains no phone number or way to contact them.

I think there is a lesson there.

(This message was last edited by larryguitar19 at 12:01 AM, Jun 15th, 2018)

Sharkie
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Jun 15th, 2018 04:52 AM   Edit   Profile  

^^ Sorry to hear that Larry. I purchased mine a few years ago with no issues.

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Jun 15th, 2018 05:40 AM   Edit   Profile  

I find even just reversing the plate makes it more practical. I did this on my last tele build.

However, I do like the idea of the LP toggle in the middle for a tele!

I have 2 LP-style builds that are 1V + 1T with the switch in between and I really like that set up.
May consider that for my next tele build.

Reverse control plate with Strat switch tip...

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Jun 15th, 2018 09:03 AM   Edit   Profile  

That looks great!

A very cool thing you can easily do is make your own switch tips out of whatever small item you like.

Making the little slot for the switch blade is difficult. But the simple solution is to dril a hole in the item and epoxy in a standard Strat switch tip. It's basically a ready-made slot.

An acorn nut makes a cool-looking stitch tip too.

stinger22

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Jul 15th, 2018 04:55 PM   Edit   Profile  

Also a 4 way with the series setting. Like hitting a boost pedal.

larryguitar19
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larryguitar
Jul 16th, 2018 08:33 PM   Edit   Profile  

As a follow up on TFin--I cannot recommend the site

I ordered the switch from the website and paid via PayPal. I heard nothing and received no responses to my emails after almost 3 weeks.

I had to dispute the charge and was eventually paid back.

My best guess is the business no longer exists but the website remains open and continues to accept payments.

The lesson is to never order from a site unless there is a physical address and telephone listed and you can verify they are still operating.

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Jul 17th, 2018 12:12 PM   Edit   Profile  

I don't think it makes any difference to me.

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