Can I buy this part in an electronics store? (Fulltone Bass-Drive content)

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Kristopher, Sep 14, 2010.

  1. Kristopher


    Mar 13, 2005
    Tempe, AZ
    I was having trouble with one of my switches on my Fulltone Bass-Drive Mosfet so I took the switch apart. Unfortunately, I lost one of the pieces in the process. Here's a picture:


    Is this something I have to special order or is it a common electronic thingy I can buy at Radio Shack? (No, I'm not talking about the penny! :D )

    Sorry, I'm sort of an electronics newb. :hyper:
  2. Taylor Livingston

    Taylor Livingston Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    Oregon, US
    Owner, Iron Ether Electronics
    Is this part of one of the toggle switches? You won't find that little piece in any electronics store, even a big one as far as I know. Since a toggle switch costs about 50 cents, there's no reason to stock all the teeny bits inside them.
  3. I would take the whole switch to an electronics
    component shop and replace the complete unit.
    Parts for switches are generally not for sale.
    The reliability of the switch has been compromised
    by pulling it apart. You may have lost other parts from
    within (e.g spring or bearing).
    Your question can be equated to taking a blown light bulb
    to have the filament rewired. No disrespect meant but it
    is just not done/worth it.
    A little more upmarket/specialist electronics component store than radio shack should have the part. Phone around.
    The switch should be branded on the side or bottom with make and p/n.

    Arrow North American Components - Phoenix
    2552 West Erie Drive
    Tempe, AZ 85282
    Phone#: (480) 966-6600
    Fax#: (480) 966-4826

    Good luck

  4. Kristopher


    Mar 13, 2005
    Tempe, AZ
    Thanks for the replies guys. No offense taken.

    The guitarist in my band works at M-Tronix in Mesa. I'll bring the whole unit to him tomorrow and see if I can get a repair for cheap. It's nice to know these switches aren't expensive. I've been messing around with it a bit tonight while waiting for replies and yeah I'm just making the switch worse (more compromised as you would say).
  5. Darkglass

    Darkglass Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 10, 2008
    Helsinki, Finland
    Douglas Castro, Founder:
    A top notch toggle switch shouldn't cost more than 3 ~ 4 bucks.
  6. dune2k


    Sep 26, 2009
    And one that's still OK, but doesn't have a brand stamped on it about 0.50€ (~0.70$). If you soldered before let your friend show you what he's doing there & you should be able to fix it yourself the next time...

    Edit: Oh, btw: I don't use SPDT switches (the blue+red ones) anymore since the seem to be too fragile. I instead use mini DPDT switches, which are not that much bigger but a lot more reliable (plus you can use all the rows at the same time, if something fails it doesn't matter most of the times since you got the other rows working).

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