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 Post subject: Pickup selector for 1966 450/12
 Post Posted: Mon Feb 06, 2006 6:41 pm 
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Having a small issue with the pickup selector switch on my 1966 450/12.. #FF0110.

The switch keeps flicking back to centre position, after a second or two. That is, it is not staying in the "up" or "Down" selection.

Any ideas what I need to do to cure this? It seems a simple enough device - are they repairable, or do I need a replacement?


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 Post subject: Re: Pickup selector for 1966 450/12
 Post Posted: Mon Feb 06, 2006 8:21 pm 
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Hmmm, this is a good question. I have a couple of guitars that do the same thing...I think it would be a simple matter of bending the tabs on the switch slightly, but let's see what others have to say..


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 Post subject: Re: Pickup selector for 1966 450/12
 Post Posted: Mon Feb 06, 2006 8:57 pm 
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That's correct John, by using a needle nose pliers you can slighty bend those tabs, but try putting a small amount of vasoline on them 1st, sometimes they get dry and stiff.


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 Post subject: Re: Pickup selector for 1966 450/12
 Post Posted: Tue Feb 07, 2006 1:51 pm 
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Just tried it - emphasis on the word "slightly"! A touch of vaseline et voila!!

It works.... many thanks indeed


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 Post subject: Re: Pickup selector for 1966 450/12
 Post Posted: Tue Feb 07, 2006 11:36 pm 
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I just had my '65 450/12 in for service and they told me the switch is going. They didn't replace it, though. They said it's fine when it the center postion but is cutting out when in the others.


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 Post subject: Re: Pickup selector for 1966 450/12
 Post Posted: Wed Feb 08, 2006 5:26 am 
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Put a piece of paper in the contacts, pinch the contacts with the fingers, and pull the paper. That helped Pinto.


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 Post subject: Re: Pickup selector for 1966 450/12
 Post Posted: Thu Feb 09, 2006 12:14 am 
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These switches are very, very sturdy, if they're the original Switchcraft items. Built to military and airplane specs...they are most subject to occasional oxidation over many years. The paper trick is a good one, so's taking a 1/2" X 6" strip of very fine wet or dry sandpaper (I use #2000) and doing the same. Cleans the contacts really well.

Contact cleaner spray works for rotary switches, but is wasted on this type of switch.

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 Post subject: Re: Pickup selector for 1966 450/12
 Post Posted: Thu Feb 09, 2006 2:16 am 
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Thanks. Will get it a try. To think these guys at Rudy's service dept. (a Manhattan RIC dealer no less) didn't do that amazes me.


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