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Im always hitting the pick up switch

Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by axis69, Jan 2, 2018.

  1. axis69

    axis69 Strat-O-Master

    Feb 5, 2016
    Im always flipping it when playing...Im others have had this issue.It seems like an obvious trouble spot.Not much i can do about it.
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  2. fezz parka

    fezz parka Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 21, 2011
    Horse poop ©.

    Train yourself not to hit it. It's purely a technique based problem.

    Patient: Doc, it hurts when I try to put my elbow in my ear.
    Doctor: Don't do that.

  3. nederemer

    nederemer Strat-O-Master

    Oct 25, 2017
    Somerset, Kentucky, USA.
    Replace it with a rotary switch?
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  4. s5tuart

    s5tuart My Dad used to say.... Strat-Talk Supporter

    Aug 8, 2011
    Bedford, UK
    Rest the side of your palm on the bridge...
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  5. thomquietwolf

    thomquietwolf Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 2, 2010
    Peardale CA
    Having the same problem with my Mustang 90
    Oh Well...
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  6. CigBurn

    CigBurn Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jun 22, 2014
    Same Shed Different Day
    Only time I've had this happen is if I'm sitting while playing and due to posture/chair type/guitar sliding, the angle of the body caused it. Sitting up straighter and making sure the body is against me and not angled out on my lap seems to resolve it.
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  7. axis69

    axis69 Strat-O-Master

    Feb 5, 2016
    Ya,i m always on the couch or bed...
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  8. Stratoman10

    Stratoman10 Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Aug 24, 2015
    Va. Beach, Va

    I think we're onto something here. Sometimes I sit down when I'm playing but I can't say it happens to me. Maybe a stool would help
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  9. abnormaltoy

    abnormaltoy BushBaby Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 28, 2013

    Almost word for word beat me to it. :)
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  10. Cuban

    Cuban Strat-Talker

    Mar 18, 2017
    I have a tele with les paul style controls and i was always hitting the toggle switch, i just rotated it so it switches sideways instead of up and down. This doesn't help you i'm afraid. Maybe try wearing a strap even when sitting.

  11. jaybones

    jaybones Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Tighten the switch. If its an Oak Grigsby (or similar) with a spring, cut a turn or so off the spring.

  12. Ebidis

    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985 Strat-Talk Supporter

    Nov 14, 2013
    Just use the bridge pickup all of the time, and you won't have a problem.

    Actually, as has been said, it's a technique problem. You can train yourself to not hit the switch.
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  13. Swampash

    Swampash Senior Stratmaster

    Jun 13, 2012
    You need to practice more because you can’t control where your hands are.
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  14. altar

    altar Strat-Talker

    Oct 4, 2016
    Definitely a technique problem, you should never have to move your hand that far or with that much force.
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  15. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 21, 2010
    Sheffield, UK
    Patient: Doc, every time I drink tea I get a stabbing pain in my eye.

    Doctor: take the spoon out of the cup.

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  16. rolandson

    rolandson Most Honored Senior Member're hitting the switch..?
    Well, you could just, you know, accept the new position as a happy coincidence and play on...
    Or train yourself not to do that...

    I'm just the opposite. I've always admired those players that can seamlessly switch pickups without missing a beat. I played with a fellow who would augment his solos by switching constantly. He did it well too. I always feel awkward and fear it sets my timing really doesn't but I've convinced myself that it's better to just leave it be until I come to a rest.

    So maybe you're one of those guys and just don't know it yet.

    But if it is messing with you, and retraining is out of the question... wire the switch so that the positions it winds up in is the same pickup you were in originally.
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  17. circles

    circles Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    In Russia, pickup switch hits you!
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  18. axeman83

    axeman83 Strat-Talk Member

    Apr 21, 2017
    Same issue now and again, I was thinking about reversing the 5 switch so its back to front as I mainly play neck neck/middle pick up, don't know a great deal about electrics but think this would be possible? Or may be just keep plugging away as is.
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  19. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 21, 2010
    London, UK
    The late Tommy Cooper's lawyers will be in touch with you shortly about stealing that joke that he stole from someone else many decades ago. ;)
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  20. Rogue Bohemian

    Rogue Bohemian what? WHAT????? Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jun 4, 2010
    Bacliff by Galveston bay
    What fezz said. It's kinda like what I tell people that can't find's where they aren't looking.

    Play where the switch isn't.
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