Alternative to blade switch for Marrguar?

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Alternative to blade switch for Marrguar?

Post by JONFROMJERSEY » Sun Jun 16, 2019 8:50 pm

Hey, what alternatives do I have in terms of changing out the 4-way blade switch on my Marrguar for something else? I want to preserve pickup selection options but I don´t really like the blade switch so much. It sticks up too high and also gets loose after a while, even when I replace it with high quality switches. Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks.

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Re: Alternative to blade switch for Marrguar?

Post by Shadoweclipse13 » Sun Jun 16, 2019 9:16 pm

I've never actually tried one (yet!), but the Freeway Switch is pretty cool. I'd imagine that you could just leave 2 of the options blank, or you could come up with something else to wire in those spots...
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Re: Alternative to blade switch for Marrguar?

Post by timtam » Sun Jun 16, 2019 11:25 pm

From left field .. but you could also consider moving it to the top plate, and move the two bright switches to the bottom plate. Faction would probably make you a slotted top plate.
https://store.factionguitars.com/collec ... uar-plates
Or, if you lengthened the slot you could shim it underneath to lower the switch a tad, and/or cut a bit off the end (replace with strat switch tip ?).

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Re: Alternative to blade switch for Marrguar?

Post by mbene085 » Mon Jun 17, 2019 4:54 am

Your options are basically traditional Jag switches, a rotary switch, individual mini-toggles, routing and shimming to shorten the blade of the existing switch, or using a JM/LP switch with a mini toggle or push pull for the series option.

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Re: Alternative to blade switch for Marrguar?

Post by Debaser » Mon Jun 17, 2019 6:07 am

Shimming the switch probably won't work on a 4-way blade--it needs the full slot length to travel correctly to position 1 and 4. It would probably work on a 3-position blade, and I'm about to try it for the same reason (a little tall).

I'd go with a Cobain plate, 3 way toggle and a slide switch for series. The 'freeway' thing seems delicate, as in easy to bump into some wacky position. I also used a Strat switch tip on my Jag blade switch--it helps. An old Tele trick is to bend the blade tip as well, which lowers the profile, and if you crimp the end, it will help keep your switch tip on.
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Re: Alternative to blade switch for Marrguar?

Post by Maggieo » Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:44 am

Try putting a Strat switch tip on it first. You might be surprised by how well that works.
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Re: Alternative to blade switch for Marrguar?

Post by Debaser » Mon Jun 17, 2019 6:39 pm

Looks like even shimming a 3 position blade switch will only get so much clearance. Strat tip for the win though. I knew Strats were good for something :P

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Re: Alternative to blade switch for Marrguar?

Post by threewordname » Tue Jun 18, 2019 3:36 am

There's a wiring set up for the traditional three switch jaguar plate for series when both pickups are "off"

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Re: Alternative to blade switch for Marrguar?

Post by JONFROMJERSEY » Tue Jun 18, 2019 11:13 am

Thanks guys. So many options. I already use a strat tip but it is not enough... I will investigate.

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Re: Alternative to blade switch for Marrguar?

Post by Rgand » Tue Jun 18, 2019 3:48 pm

What if you set the switch plate a little deeper into the body? You could inset it the thickness of the plate itself and that little bit might make a world of difference for you.

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Re: Alternative to blade switch for Marrguar?

Post by JONFROMJERSEY » Tue Jun 18, 2019 10:41 pm

Do you mean chisel/rout out a little wood? I would ruin it...

I have thought about a 4 position slider switch and custom plate in the past but I was hesitant.

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Re: Alternative to blade switch for Marrguar?

Post by Shadoweclipse13 » Tue Jun 18, 2019 10:46 pm

What about getting a standard diamond plate and just changing it over to standard Jaguar 2-position (or 3-position) sliders?
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Re: Alternative to blade switch for Marrguar?

Post by JONFROMJERSEY » Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:13 am

Ah I see there is such a mod. I never knew that. I do kind of like the idea of one switch though.

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