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Noticed something interesting with the switchcraft pickup switch on my IBJL Casino today -- I am sometimes getting a buzzing noise when it is in the middle position -- it's just rattling enough to vibrate when i play low strings. Kind of annoying.

 

Also, today the switch started making a little bit of a metallic "ping" sound (this is unplugged, not an electric noise) when I move the switch down (bridge pickup). It hasn't done this before. Is this something I should worry about?

 

Any ideas what I should do? I don't want a slight little annoyance to distract me from enjoying my otherwise amazing and wonderful guitar. I thought these switchcraft jacks were supposed to be top-notch?

 

Thanks in advance.

 

And yes, I started noticing this issue just hours after posting about having no problems with my guitar on someone's IBJL thread... I'll knock on wood next time!

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Noticed something interesting with the switchcraft pickup switch on my IBJL Casino today -- I am sometimes getting a buzzing noise when it is in the middle position -- it's just rattling enough to vibrate when i play low strings. Kind of annoying.

 

Also' date=' today the switch started making a little bit of a metallic "ping" sound (this is unplugged, not an electric noise) when I move the switch down (bridge pickup). It hasn't done this before. Is this something I should worry about?

 

Any ideas what I should do? [b']I thought these switchcraft jacks were supposed to be top-notch?[/b]Thanks in advance.

 

 

Are you talking about the 3-way switch or the jack? I would bet that neither one is genuine Switchcraft..

probably some asian knockoff.

 

Switchcraft 3-ways have better leaf springs to provide tension. In the mid position

the switch is "at rest' with both sets of leaf springs closed so that both pickups

are connected to the jack. If the actuator is loose a bit..it can vibrate from the

bass strings.

 

As far as stopping it from vibrating...it's not that easy, as the switch would have

to come out and you would need to adjust the contacts to be closer to the actuator.

Better to just replace it at that point with a Switchcraft..if you find it annoying.

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Oh yes..the famous Epiphone lifetime warranty "guaranteed against defects in

workmanship" etc......hmmm..maybe you could try that..take it back where you

bought it and they will send it in to Epiphone at your shipping expense to and

from and possibly repair it..and you can wait a month or more to get it back..

yada..yada..yada.

 

I've nothing against Epiphone or their warranty..but if this was my guitar..

I'd be ordering a genuine switchcraft 3-way from an online store..like

guitarpartsresource ( some other), ripping out that "switchcraft" 3-way,

and replacing it with a switch that actually comes from Switchcraft.

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Oh yes..the famous Epiphone lifetime warranty "guaranteed against defects in

workmanship" etc......hmmm..maybe you could try that..take it back where you

bought it and they will send it in to Epiphone at your shipping expense to and

from and possibly repair it..and you can wait a month or more to get it back..

yada..yada..yada.

 

I've nothing against Epiphone or their warranty..but if this was my guitar..

I'd be ordering a genuine switchcraft 3-way from an online store..like

guitarpartsresource ( some other)' date=' ripping out that "switchcraft" 3-way,

and replacing it with a switch that actually comes from Switchcraft.

 

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Thanks for the advice everyone' date=' I've taken it in to a local shop for a quick swap of the selector switch. Hopefully that will be the end of my slight annoyance on an otherwise awesome guitar.[/quote']

 

It should solve your problem. Most of the asian 3-ways start developing problems

sooner or later. I can't remember ever having a problem with a genuine Switchcraft.

They are so much rugged and have better contacts.

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It should solve your problem. Most of the asian 3-ways start developing problems

sooner or later. I can't remember ever having a problem with a genuine Switchcraft.

They are so much rugged and have better contacts.

 

The silly thing is that it supposedly was a genuine Switchcraft in the first place according to Epiphone's specs. Oh well.

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The silly thing is that it supposedly was a genuine Switchcraft in the first place according to Epiphone's specs. Oh well.

 

I was under the impression that Epi's were generally well constructed and finished, but the electronics (pups, switch, jack, and pots) were cheap throwaways that usually get upgraded. Switchcraft jacks and switches, are considered the best, and this quality is reflected in their price. Are you sure Epiphone states switchcraft in the specs?

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I was under the impression that Epi's were generally well constructed and finished' date=' but the electronics (pups, switch, jack, and pots) were cheap throwaways that usually get upgraded. Switchcraft jacks and switches, are considered the best, and this quality is reflected in their price. Are you sure Epiphone states switchcraft in the specs?[/quote']

 

According to their initial press release, yes: http://epiphone.com/news.asp?NewsID=1635 -- scroll down for the specs.

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