What is the secret to keeping the switch-tip in place?

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  1. 57Strat777

    57Strat777 Strat-O-Master

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    I have a brand new Fender American Original 50's Telecaster. I have owned this guitar for about 2 weeks and the switch tip has come off about 6 times in two weeks. Any recommendations for a better designed switch tip that stays in place?

    BTW....I have owned my Strat for 30 years and it is on the second neck and 4th set of frets, and the switch tip on that guitar has never come off one time in 30 years.
     
  2. Triple Jim

    Triple Jim Most Honored Senior Member

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    I've never had one come off, but if it became a problem and glue didn't work, I'd probably drill a small hole through the plastic tip and metal lever and put a little pin or screw through.
     
  3. guitarchaeologist

    guitarchaeologist Artist Formerly Known as π Strat-Talk Supporter

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    or just wrap a short piece of tape around the stem and replace the tip
     
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    Bob the builder Most Honored Senior Member

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    Little paper or tape on the switch and put the tip back on
     
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    clydethecat Strat-O-Master

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    The trick is to replace the tip with one that fits, you may have to go through a few to find one.

    And never fiddle with the tip, slipping it off and on makes it worse. It's worse with Telecasters. If you have to take it off for service, use a new tip when you put it back together.

    So no "stupid ADHD tricks".
     
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  6. Boognish

    Boognish Senior Stratmaster

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    My tio came off long ago on my Hwy 1 Tele. I tried putting it back on but just kept coming off. Now my switch doesnt have a tip at all. However it adds a little extra pizzazz to my tone. :D
     
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    Dick Blackmore Senior Stratmaster

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    It's a Tele thing. I replaced mine with a Stratocaster tip.
     
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    archetype Senior Stratmaster

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    A drop of wood glue has always worked for me. You can pull the tip off if you need to replace the switch, then a drop of glue when you put it back on. NO CA/superglue!
     
  9. americanstrat98

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    Use the advise given and you should be fine. Nothing wrong with replacing the switch with a high quality one. Not that Fender are bad per say, but there are better ones out there and a switch only costs about $15 and takes 20 minutes to solder it in.
     
  10. TVvoodoo

    TVvoodoo Strat-Talker Vendor Member

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    The tape wrap is good but do it with a bit of double faced tape for extra sticky
     
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    space Strat-Talker

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    Gorilla Glue
     
  12. Lone Woof

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    Don’t some players leave the cap off so the switch can “breathe” better?
     
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    That's what I did to all my teles but one (the AV52 stays as is) and never looked back.
     
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    jvin248 Senior Stratmaster

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    If you're careful, you can use a couple of pliers and bend the end of the switch lever into a 'U' or 'V', just a little don't get carried away, and then put the knob back on where it will have a lot more grip. If you glue it there will be a time you want to remove the switch from the control plate/pickguard/body and it won't come off when you want it to come off. Usually it's just tight enough that putting paper or tape in there just gets torn through when you reassemble.

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    2aug82b Strat-Talk Member

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    This is so correct.
     
  16. clydethecat

    clydethecat Strat-O-Master

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    I had a Strat tip on my Telecaster for years. But I had another switch failure last year and when I replaced it I used a new Tele tophat switch and it was nice and tight. It hasn't fallen off. If it ever does I've got a few spares in a bag, they're cheap.

    I like the feel of the Tele tophat switch, it's easy to flick it with my pinky, it's a big target.
     
  17. heltershelton

    heltershelton BANNED Strat-Talk Supporter

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    i think rutters makes a metal one that has a little allen screw. i put one on one of my teles.
     
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    wrvond Senior Stratmaster

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    Do a switch flip, it moves the switch from the front to the back and the volume and tone switches up to the front.
     
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    Here's what I do:

    I file a few notches or grooves on the corners of the blade.

    I fill the slot in the tip with caulking.

    Jam it on, wipe off the excess, and let dry.

    Works great