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Rotary switch for thicker bodies?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by The EH Man, Dec 14, 2012.

  1. The EH Man

    The EH Man Proud Registered Supporter of Talkbass Supporting Member

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    I'm planning on installing a varitone with 5 caps and a bypass in my Epi EB3 and I can't seem to find a rotary switch that'll go through any of the pot holes to a point where I can put a nut on it. Other than removing some wood from the control cavity, does anyone know of a rotary switch with longer threads or a way to extend them?
  2. SGD Lutherie

    SGD Lutherie Supporting Member

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    I think the tallest threaded shafts are 3/8".

    I once installed a rotary switch in a Les Paul once. Because it had the aluminum box inside, I got a switch with a very long shaft, and attached the threaded part to the box. Then I got part of an old pot to use for a bushing on the top.

    For basses I've had to rout that part a little thinner.
  3. Coolhandjjl

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    +1

    Or buy a Forstner bit the diameter of the device. But use it on a drill press or make some sort of limiter so you don't bore all the way through your bass.
  4. SGD Lutherie

    SGD Lutherie Supporting Member

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    +1

    You have to watch some Forstner bits too. The larger ones have saw like teeth around the outside edge.

    I prefer to use routers for this kind of stuff. But Forstner bits are handy to have to. I'm just a router kind of guy. ;)
  5. Coolhandjjl

    Coolhandjjl Supporting Member

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    I get freaked out by the über high speed of my router.
  6. SGD Lutherie

    SGD Lutherie Supporting Member

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    Yeah, they are scary, but that keeps you on your toes.

    Try using a jointer. That's a scary machine. I still have all my fingers. :)
  7. The EH Man

    The EH Man Proud Registered Supporter of Talkbass Supporting Member

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    I found that a metal-bodied Alpha rotary switch had enough threads to go thru the top. I was going to use a plastic-bodied Alpha switch initially which didn't have a long enough bushing. So, problem solved and EB3 is all wired up and fun to play!

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