Best quality blade switch?

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  1. bongomania

    bongomania Member

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    I did a search and surprisingly didn't find a thread about this (at least not in the first couple pages of results)...

    I'm looking to replace a 3-way blade switch, and I wanted to go ahead and get the most reliable, solid, best quality switch out there. I could go with 3-way or 5-way. What do you recommend?
     
  2. Sweetfinger

    Sweetfinger Supporting Member

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    Carling works for me.

    Edit: When I said "Carling", what I meant was CRL. Posting in a hurry, real tired at 3 in the morning!
     
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  3. bluesky636

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    Leo used CRL switches originally until Fender switched to Oak-Grigsby. I find CRL switches to be better built than O-G.

    http://www.acmeguitarworks.com/Switch-CRL-3-Way-P59C10.aspx

    http://www.acmeguitarworks.com/Switch-CRL-5-Way-P61C10.aspx

    I replace the O-Gs in my Fenders with CRL.
     
  4. sixstringslut

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    CRL's are fine, I try to double up on the contacts when I can just for extra reliability.

    I might have seen two go bad in 30 years and one of those was a defective replacement but I fixed it.
     
  5. bongomania

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    By "double up" do you mean running the wire to two contacts instead of one?

    Thanks for the input so far!
     
  6. bluesky636

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    I doubt that since each contact is used for a specific purpose.
     
  7. walterw

    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    G&L does just that, since they're using only set of contacts out of the two.

    anyway yeah, CRL and oak-grigsby are both industry standards for guitar.
     
  8. bongomania

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    Any reason to prefer CRL versus Carling?
     
  9. walterw

    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    I'm not familiar with carling blade switches. "CRL" and oak grigsby are what you find in good USA fenders.
     
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    Yeah, 'cause what I was actually thinking of was CRL.
     
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    Don A Silver Supporting Member

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    I prefer CRL over Oak Grigsby for the feel of the switch. It engages more positively due to the design.
     
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    I always replace Oak-Grigsby switches with CRLs.
     
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    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    In defense of O-G, I've not really seen them fail, they do just fine on 15-year-old strats and teles.

    I'm as fussy and opiniated about parts as the next OCD guitar tech, and I've never felt the need to replace oak switches "just because".
     
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    Devin Low Voltage Supporting Member

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    Both are total crap and will break if you look at them too long IMO. My favorite switches are the ones without springs.
     
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    Devin Low Voltage Supporting Member

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    Those contact tabs have about one solder session left in them until they become loose and start to flop around.
     
  16. walterw

    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    ??

    so which ones are the "good ones", then?
     
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    Devin Low Voltage Supporting Member

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    the cheap ones in mexican fenders
     
  18. bongomania

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    ...Riiiight... Very helpful, thanks. *eyes roll*
     
  19. walterw

    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    The Mexican fenders use the same O-G switches and CTS pots as the USA fenders, so yeah ;)
     
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    Yup.

    No need to re-invent the wheel here - it's plenty round already...
     

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