Replacing toggle on my Sheraton

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Replacing toggle on my Sheraton

Post by 12bar » Thu Jan 28, 2016 1:27 pm

Now I had some time to replace the faulty toggle switch on my Epi Sheraton. It's a Göldo EL002, but most of the switches look the same. It's open, not closed as the build-in one, so you can see how it works. Short story:

- cover the guitar to avoid solder on it
- mark and photo the old wiring so you know where the cables go to
- bend the contacts on the new switch (see photo). The two contacts in the middle have to be soldered together with the jack cable
- unsolder the old one
- solder the new one. For ground it may be necessary to extend the ground cable.
- put it back

It's not too hard to work through the f-hole, because the switch is nearby. Good luck.
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Re: Replacing toggle on my Sheraton

Post by VikingBlues » Sat Jan 30, 2016 8:00 am

A neat and tidy job well done :thumbsup: - I guess we're seeing why the f holes have that shape with the wider parts of the gap in the design.

Reminds me how, apart from joining the neck to the body, soldering was my least favourite part of building an electric guitar. :sad:
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Re: Replacing toggle on my Sheraton

Post by 12bar » Sat Jan 30, 2016 11:47 am

To my surprise the soldering went quite easy, although it was a very cheap iron (10 Euro)...

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Re: Replacing toggle on my Sheraton

Post by MikeL » Wed Mar 23, 2016 9:47 pm

Nice tutorial Gerd.

Apologies if this seems like a dumb question but how did you know that the old toggle was faulty. I'm asking because I don't think my G&L Legacy (which I bought used) has never worked right. There's static or complete cutting out when I switch to the neck pickup. I suspect it's a bad contact in the switch but, having zero experience, also wonder if it's the pickup itself.

That was my first guitar and I rarely mess with it for that reason (I think the jack has some problems too :sad: ). I focus mainly on acoustic now so that I won't be distracted with all of the complications of electrics (pickup selection, guitar tone settings, amp setting, cords, etc.).

It's a quality guitar so I'm apprehensive to take it to some stranger who might permanently screw something up while attempting to "fix" it.
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Re: Replacing toggle on my Sheraton

Post by 12bar » Wed Mar 23, 2016 9:55 pm

Don't fix it if it's not broken - as we say here... :lol:

The problem was simple: it didn't stay in the end positions, it switched back to middle as soon as you even looked at it. Sometimes it was in bridge position and during play it switched back to middle which was quite :wall:

The output jack is a very common source for problems, too, but you problem sounds more like a PU or toggle one as suggested. If you can take the toggle out it's easy to measure. Good luck!

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Re: Replacing toggle on my Sheraton

Post by MikeL » Thu Mar 24, 2016 9:20 pm

A more common usage in my experience is:
"If it's not broken, fix it until it is." :big_smile:
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Re: Replacing toggle on my Sheraton

Post by VikingBlues » Sat Mar 26, 2016 3:00 pm

Nice one Mike!! :lol:
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Re: Replacing toggle on my Sheraton

Post by HalfBlindLefty » Sat Apr 02, 2016 9:55 pm

Great job Gerd. Good on you
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Re: Replacing toggle on my Sheraton

Post by 12bar » Sun Apr 03, 2016 10:43 am

Thanks - I would think twice before changing anything that's not near the f-hole... :lol:

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Re: Replacing toggle on my Sheraton

Post by HalfBlindLefty » Sun Apr 03, 2016 11:57 am

:rofl:
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