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Im always hitting the pick up switch

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

  1. cappei

    cappei Strat-O-Master

    Jun 24, 2017
    Quillota, Valparaíso, Chile
    is not that hard, as everything in guitars is a matter of practice. Easier on a strat than in a les paul since it's on the way of the hand. I used to do that thing with a les paul and also silence one pup so I can do that kill switch thing with the pickup selector "a la Ace Frehley" but that sometimes lead to solos with no volume :confused:. The only dificulty, aside playing decently is to put the switch in 2,3 or 4, since they are in between and requiere more precision.
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  2. Stormy Monday

    Stormy Monday Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jan 19, 2011
    you could always try tape

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  3. bluejazzoid

    bluejazzoid Strats Amore Strat-Talk Supporter

    Aug 14, 2009
    Southeast USA
    Take the plastic tip off... you'll be less likely to engage the switch if you hit it.

    (or... you'll cut yourself! :sneaky:)
  4. BallisticSquid

    BallisticSquid Senior Stratmaster

    Oct 12, 2016
    This used to happen to me also. It was one of those things that resolved itself as I played more.
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  5. nateparso

    nateparso Strat-Talk Member

    Mar 7, 2017
    What are you playing like Green day or something?
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  6. carver

    carver The East Coast Strangler Strat-Talk Supporter

    easy easy fix.

    buy a band saw, and simply just slice your hand in half starting at the middle finger. let that heal up. now you have a claw. hope it helps


    you could just practice a bunch. put yourself in situations where you find your self hitting and keep on doing that movement over and over until you arent hitting it anymore.

    adjustments do take a little bit of time, but they arent too far out there.
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  7. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 21, 2010
    Sheffield, UK
  8. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 21, 2010
    London, UK
    I have a less radical solution - buy a Telecaster. I can't imagine that it's possible to inadvertently switch pickups on a Tele because the switch works in a different plane. Personally I find the angle of the Tele switch to be a bit more awkward, but then again I don't have a problem with a Strat switch!
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  9. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 21, 2010
    Sheffield, UK
    Why do people often reverse the control plate on Teles?
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  10. Textele

    Textele Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Oct 10, 2009
    So the volume knob is closer to do volume swells.

    At least, that is why I like mine that way.
  11. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 21, 2010
    London, UK
    That's what I was going to say. I had a Tele, briefly (Custom Shop Classic I think?) that had the reversed control plate & I couldn't make up my mind if I liked it or not. It wasn't a problem for me, but I haven't felt tempted to change the Teles I still have.
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  12. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 21, 2010
    Sheffield, UK
    Yup, that's why mine's like that too, it wishes (nearly as much as I do) that it was a Strat. :p
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  13. dogletnoir

    dogletnoir WBLV Strat-Talk Supporter

    Nov 1, 2013
    northeastern us
    It's totally possible, as long as the leads to the switch are long enough.
    Remove the scratchplate, pull off the switch tip, undo the two screws to the switch,
    and flip the switch around without any rewiring.
    Now the pickup selection will be reversed, and people will marvel at your ability to
    get such a mellow sound out of your bridge pickup, LOL.
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2018
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  14. mjark

    mjark Senior Stratmaster

    Jul 15, 2015
    I don't.
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  15. davidKOS

    davidKOS Musician, Composer, Teacher Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 28, 2012
    What all these guys said.

    If you are hitting the switch, you are flailing away, not picking accurately. Learn to control your picking hand.
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  16. Nate D

    Nate D Senior Stratmaster

    Apr 2, 2016
    Philly, PA
    That’s funny lol
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  17. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh needs you to go ahead and come in on Sunday, too. Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jan 10, 2014
    Initech, Inc.
    That’s where I am with it as well. My Baritone came with the reversed plate, the FSR is normal. Neither one really jumps out as being better.
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2018
  18. vid1900

    vid1900 Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 25, 2016
    It's an easy fix.

    Get a small L bracket, install it on the forward switch screw.

    You can even dip it in Plast-I-Dip if you want to rubberize it with a certain color.

    Punk rock and windmill players have been doing this for decades.....
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  19. orcslayer

    orcslayer Senior Stratmaster

    Dec 8, 2008
    Ajax, Canada
    I avoid this by only using the neck pup for lead & the bridge pup only for chording.

    I have changed the wiring so that the lower tone works with the bridge pup only.

    The neck pup by itself gives a decent lead sound ( thicker SRV style sound) - then I can roll off the lower tone a little so that the bridge pup sounds good when chording.
  20. fezz parka

    fezz parka Duke of DILLIGAF Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 21, 2011
    Right behind you...
    Exactly. All the rawk dudes flamboyantly flailing away, practiced their flailing. A lot. ;)