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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-16-2014, 09:58 PM Thread Starter
 
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Best way to diagnose a bad selector switch?

My '92 RG550 has an intermittent short in the rhythm pos. I am thinking of pulling the springs off the back, lifting the FR off the posts, and pulling the pickguard to inspect the switch. This would allow me to drop the pg back in and put the FR back onto the posts. Then plug the guitar into the amp to test.

Is there an easier way? ty
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Re: Best way to diagnose a bad selector switch?

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My '92 RG550 has an intermittent short in the rhythm pos. I am thinking of pulling the springs off the back, lifting the FR off the posts, and pulling the pickguard to inspect the switch. This would allow me to drop the pg back in and put the FR back onto the posts. Then plug the guitar into the amp to test.

Is there an easier way? ty
There's a much easier way (as I have experience with bad selectors):

Put it in the position that keeps going out. Use one of your allen wrenches to tap on the coils of the pup. If there is sound the pup works okay.

After that, change the position on the selector. Slide it into neck pos then put it back into Bridge pos. If it goes in and out constantly, it's a selector problem.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-19-2014, 11:08 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Best way to diagnose a bad selector switch?

Here is the RG...



...and after pulling the pg...



...here is the switch disassembled. I bent the outside feet of the two copper pieces on either end of the switch up a bit hoping they would make better contact with the switch plate.



After getting it back together I tried it out and so far the switch works much better. Keeping my fingers crossed for awhile though.
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Re: Best way to diagnose a bad selector switch?

If you have it open again, spray a little contact cleaner or wd40 onto the contacts.
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Call NASA.
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