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#1 User is offline   bksimon 

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Posted 26 April 2018 - 09:00 AM

Hi all, I'm new to the forum and figured you guys might be able to help. I just picked up a Del Rey last week, trans-black top, OBL pickups intact. The staff at my local music store fell in love on sight -- in fact, one guy who just bought a brand-new LP was marvelling over the upper-fret access with just a bit of jealousy!

Here's my really odd question: where can I get a cover/nub for the toggle switch? It's neither a Gibson nor an Epiphone standard size, the local guys were stumped. They tried both metric & imperial pieces, including replacement parts and one pulled off a brand-new Epi LP for sale (that's how frustrated they were by this).

It plays great, the push-pull coil tap offers a variety of sounds, the toggle works fine, even the finish is in really good shape considering it's +- 20 years old -- my OCD just wants to "complete" the guitar.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
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Posted 26 April 2018 - 01:12 PM

It looks like they use a finish washer on the switch.. Del Rey's were very cool a unique Epiphone design..

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Posted 26 April 2018 - 08:57 PM

That is a cool design.
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Posted 20 May 2018 - 07:18 PM

If either Epiphone or Gibson toggle caps are too large, what I do is put some wraps of plumber's teflon tape around the threads of the toggle switch then put the cap on. I've done it more times than I can remember. Works fine. If too small I use a small, round jeweler's file to enlarge the hole in the cap.
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Posted 21 May 2018 - 07:03 PM

The Del Rey was an unusual guitar with its long 24 fret bolt-on neck. I think they may have been made for Epiphone by the company that built the Asian PRS, maybe.... I played one in the late 90's, as I remember the Del Rey is was pretty incredible.... I tried to buy one from the Guitar Center not too long ago but missed the opportunity, they are very hard to find... :(

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Images from the web showing finish variations..

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Google Del Rey image search link... https://www.google.c...f=1526949121704
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Plastic dobs or toggle switch caps you might find a hardware store or an electronics warehouse..

Google search for toggle switch caps. https://www.google.c...iw=1200&bih=601




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Posted 22 May 2018 - 08:54 PM

Our bass player has a 1996 Del Rey. Pretty nice guitar! Wouldn't mind having one.
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Posted 06 June 2018 - 08:55 PM

I just purchased one of these, made in the same Korean factory as the "Del Rey" in the late 90's, DelRey look alike. A Hamer Stellar II.

It has a 24 fret 25.5" scale set neck and Duncans like the Del Rey's 24 fret 25.5" scale bolt-ont neck. Very close cousins.

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Posted 12 June 2018 - 11:11 AM

View Postbksimon, on 26 April 2018 - 09:00 AM, said:

Hi all, I'm new to the forum ......

It plays great, the push-pull coil tap .....

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!



Welcome to the Epiphone World! That is a very nice guitar. Can you measure the diameter of the part you need with a digital caliper? I'll look in my parts bin but I need a size to look for.

Also the Del Rey does NOT have "coil taps". It has "coil splits". A coil tap has multiple leads off a single coil to shorten the length of the coil hence that changes it's DC resistance and tone. You see coil taps most often in power transformers that have multiple different voltages coming out a coil.

A "coil split" grounds out one full coil of a humbucker leaving a single coil to make the tone. The length of the single coil is the same as it was; it's just missing the other coil that cancels out the hum.

Gibson (and others) makes this description error all the time but lately I've noticed that they have been using "coil split" instead of "coil tap".
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