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    Default Tophat knobs for Tele

    I bought one of these from StewMac




    Problem is the slot to fit over the switch tip is very short, like it's made for a strat or some other type of switch.

    Do all tophats have this short slot? I really don't want to stick with the barrel tip as it's harder to manipulate when its almost touching the volume control.
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    Default Re: Tophat knobs for Tele

    The slot is the same size as a standard Tele tip or a Strat tip but the whoe thing is taller...the idea behind the top hat tips was to get the pickup selector up above the knobs for easy use...

    Maybe try a strat switch tip or bend the 3 way lever out of the way ala Danny Gatton...
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    Default Re: Tophat knobs for Tele

    If the switch location is really bothersom to you maybe one of these will work...

    http://www.taipantone.com/pages/control%20plate.html

    There is the angled version and the 3 way toggle version plus on their "standard" version the volume control is actualyl moved to be a little farther from the 3 way.
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    Default Re: Tophat knobs for Tele

    yeah, the slots are supposed to all be the same, since the switches are also supposed to be the same sizes.

    FWIW, the guy at Taipan tone has had health issues. Probably best to find something else.

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    Default Re: Tophat knobs for Tele

    I'll took a pic so you guys can see what I'm talking about- I probably wasn't too clear.

    see how narrow(short?) the slot is on the tophat vs. the barrel?

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    Default Re: Tophat knobs for Tele

    I don't think it'll matter much in terms of fit...

    Where did each of those switch tips come from?
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    Default Re: Tophat knobs for Tele

    Quote Originally Posted by the guy who invented fire View Post
    I don't think it'll matter much in terms of fit...

    Where did each of those switch tips come from?

    The barrel is what came on the guitar-its a bit loose so I put some tape on the switch- the tophat is from StewMac and won't fit at all on the switchtip- the slot is not sized appropriately.

    The tophat should cure my issue of being able to flip it quickly on the fly vs. the barrel, as you said it sits higher above the volume knob.
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    Default Re: Tophat knobs for Tele

    Quote Originally Posted by JeffB View Post
    The barrel is what came on the guitar-its a bit loose so I put some tape on the switch- the tophat is from StewMac and won't fit at all on the switchtip- the slot is not sized appropriately.
    Maybe try finding a top hat from another location?

    So, it won't gon on at all or it won't go down all the way?

    I see what you mean now, i've bought a few barrell style tips with that little slit before and they didn't fit anything I had...I think they are for import switches.

    I hate to say it because it'll cost 3 times what the Stew Mac version did but buy one thats a Fender part...that'll get you there!
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    Default Re: Tophat knobs for Tele

    what I'm getting at is- is my switch tip a non normal size for a Tele? or this an issue with the knob from stewmac? (it won't go on at all)
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffB View Post
    what I'm getting at is- is my switch tip a non normal size for a Tele? or this an issue with the knob from stewmac? (it won't go on at all)
    Thats what Im saying...I think that the Stew-Mac tip is for a smaller blade switch like youd find on an import Tele copy or a MIC Squire...the switch in your road worn is a full size switch and if you buy a Fender brand Top Hat tip you'll be good to go.
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    Default Re: Tophat knobs for Tele

    Here you go...

    You can't tell from these pics but the inside is different.

    This is what you need.
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    This is what the Fender Top Hat looks like inside...

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    Quote Originally Posted by the guy who invented fire View Post
    Thats what Im saying...I think that the Stew-Mac tip is for a smaller blade switch like youd find on an import Tele copy or a MIC Squire...the switch in your road worn is a full size switch and if you buy a Fender brand Top Hat tip you'll be good to go.

    OK - gotcha-thanks for the clarification bro! I thought you meant the opposite-the knob was correct for a MIA part, and the issue was an import size switch(tip). That pic helps too! thanks.

    I'll snag a Fender knob at some point. I just wonder if it's worth sending the stewmac one back, by the time I pay shipping...grrr.

    On a good note-I picked up my pickups today at the USPS! They will be going in tomorrow
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffB View Post
    On a good note-I picked up my pickups today at the USPS! They will be going in tomorrow
    Nice!

    I hope details will follow...
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    Quote Originally Posted by the guy who invented fire View Post
    Nice!

    I hope details will follow...

    Of course!
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    Default Re: Tophat knobs for Tele

    yeah, I stand corrected ... that StewMac tip looks goofy!
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    Default Re: Tophat knobs for Tele

    That does seem odd. But maybe it will actually help it stay on better. Try heating the bare switch lever with a lighter and then pressing the plastic tip on. Maybe they make them that way so they will fit levers of all sizes, not just proper Fender switches.

    It's worth a call or e-mail to Stew Mac to see what's up.
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    Default Re: Tophat knobs for Tele

    A little thread necromancy here. No longer an issue. Move along.
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