need help

Discussion in 'New Member Intros' started by RIFF, Oct 17, 2021.

  1. RIFF

    RIFF Electromatic

    Oct 4, 2021
    Hi found this thread -i have a gretsch 5220 i would like to replace the toggle switch but cannot find any videos-has anyone done this on there gretsch thanks riff
  2. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Admin Post
    Welcome friend . I'm sure someone will be able to help you out soon
  3. Gregor

    Gregor Country Gent

    Welcome to GT RIFF. I have a 5220 as well but never had to replace the switch. The bridge pickup used to cut out so the switch got the DeOxit treatment and has been fine ever since.
    Why do you want to replace the switch anyway?
  4. Lockupyourfatdog

    Lockupyourfatdog Synchromatic

    Aug 8, 2016
    Everett wa
    I’ve done lots of switches it’s really easy. Put painters tape around the nut so you don’t scratch it taking the nut off. Tape the neck. Loosen the strings push three to o e side and three to the other side of the neck and tape them so the stay. Remove the neck pickup and put it on a microfiber cloth. Tie a string onto the switch that’s about 2 feet long. Remove the switch and pull it through the pickup hole. Untie the string. Tie the string to the new pickup switch. Then just undo the wires and solder them to the new switch one at a time. If you do it one at a time you can’t mess it up. Drop it down in the pickup whole and use the string to pull it back into position. Done! Sounds like a lot but really it takes about 30 minutes start to finish. You can do it!
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  5. bluenote23

    bluenote23 Country Gent

    Oct 17, 2009
    Montreal, Canada
    I may be mistaken but I think the 5220 is a Jet style guitar so it should have a cavity cover over the switch (unlike hollowbodies). So you just need to remove the cavity cover to have access to the switch.
  6. Gregor

    Gregor Country Gent

    That's exactly right!
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  7. Archtops

    Archtops Country Gent

    Mar 4, 2021
    Welcome to GT Riff! Sounds like you’ve received some good advice. Good luck with the project.
  8. j.s.c

    j.s.c Country Gent

    Aug 19, 2008
    Hollowbodies electronics requires fishing abilities, for solidbodies it's just raw brute force job any jedi could do with eyes closed...
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  9. JC higgy

    JC higgy Gretschified

    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
    Welcome to GT Riff!
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  10. juks

    juks Country Gent

    Nov 26, 2020
    Fremont, California
    Welcome. As said above, try cleaning it first with DeOxid or equivalent before switching it. Most times that's all it needs.

    I'm assuming yours is not working properly.
  11. NowEarThis

    NowEarThis Gretschie

    Jun 23, 2021
    Northern Rivers NSW Australia
    In my days as a telecom tech, we used a contact cleaner about the size and shape as an ice pole stick. It was kind of like fine hairs material and it did the best job of polishing them contacts, have never come across them since.
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