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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-21-2014, 11:15 AM Thread Starter
 
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I have a 1987 540s Saber. It has the three individual switches instead of a 5 way. Does anyone know where I can find the super thin mounting nut and washer for one of those switches? I have been missing one ever since I got it. Any info will help. thanks!!!!!
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-21-2014, 01:12 PM
 
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Re: PART FOR EARLY SABER

Have you tried going to a hardware store?

Or you could just buy another mini switch and cannibalize it...
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have you seen that kind of fasteners at a hardware store??
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have you seen that kind of fasteners at a hardware store??
Yes, that's why I asked if you tried going to one. Also try an electronics store like radio shack or something...
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Re: PART FOR EARLY SABER

You'll never find the exact part at a hardware store. eBay is your best bet, but it could take a little while to find an early Saber, Radius or Power harness.
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Search Mouser or Digikey for "switch hardware". You'll have to know the thread size.
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post #7 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-21-2014, 07:57 PM
 
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These little nuts and washers on mini switches aren't custom made for Ibanez. You can find them all over the place. I guarantee even an auto parts store like autozone or advance auto will have them if you take the switch in and ask...
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I beg to differ. All the mini switches you buy have a washer with a tab that sticks up and a little nub on the inside to hold the switch straight. Old Ibanez switches weren't like that. Just a plain washer. It depends how badly you want it to be correct vs just having something functional.

If you just want something functional and mostly right, buy a black mini switch from Stew Mac and file off the little nub in the middle of the washer. Ibanez used silver switches with black oxide nuts and washers. The hardware from the Stew Mac switch will fit on the Ibanez switch if you modify the washer.

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I beg to differ... It's not that difficult to find a black washer to match the ones in your picture, and you don't need to buy a whole switch to do it.
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I would challenge you to find one at any hardware store. Even if you did, what about the nut? I'm sure you could find this stuff at an online specialty retailer, but hardware stores sell stuff to use on your house. I know this because I've spent a good deal of time scouring hardware store fastener aisles looking for this exact thing.

My RBM2 came with a tone pot in place of the mini switch. I eventually found an old harness on eBay and put the correct parts in there. I think prior to that I used a Stew Mac switch.
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Surely many cities and decent size towns would have specialty fastener stores. This is how you'd get this stuff prior to the internet. Big box Hardware stores would rarely have these specialty items, but you'd be able to find them at a specialist.
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I would challenge you to find one at any hardware store. Even if you did, what about the nut? I'm sure you could find this stuff at an online specialty retailer, but hardware stores sell stuff to use on your house. I know this because I've spent a good deal of time scouring hardware store fastener aisles looking for this exact thing.

My RBM2 came with a tone pot in place of the mini switch. I eventually found an old harness on eBay and put the correct parts in there. I think prior to that I used a Stew Mac switch.
The Lowes where I live has a huge section with drawers full of specialty hardware. If I couldn't find them there I know I auto parts stores will have them. I used to be a bass head when I was younger and did more car stereo installs than I care to think about. All those little 1/4" switches use similar hardware...

Obviously if you really need to have the exact same nut and washer set that Ibanez used in 1987 just so you can sleep at night, then by all means stare at ebay until an old wiring harness comes along
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Does anyone know where I can find the super thin mounting nut and washer for one of those switches?
The washers you'll find are much thicker and the inside and outside diameters are different. This question tells me he's looking for an exact match, not just something that would work. Hence my original answer. I also addressed the "mostly right" solution.
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OK OP sorry if I got off track...

You can either:

1. Search ebay for the "correct" wiring harness for a 1987 Saber.

2. Buy an entire miniswitch just for the nut and washer

3. Go to an auto parts or electronics store and buy 3 nuts and washers that all match for about $1

You can decide for yourself how anal you really want to be
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1. Search ebay for the "correct" wiring harness for a 1987 Saber.
I took a look yesterday and didn't see anything. SPare parts of old Ibanez guitars aren't as plentiful as they were when tons of people were parting them out during the Great Recession, but you can find stuff if you're patient and check all the time.
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2. Buy an entire miniswitch just for the nut and washer
I tried to find a good picture of this. This is the best I could find.



Look at the switch on the left and you'll see that there's a keyway in the threads. The washer has a key on the inside to go into that. Every modern switch I've found is this way. Ibanez switches don't have the keyway. You have to file down the little key to make it work.

You can get those in black and silver. Get the black one.
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