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Post by Ian D Wed Mar 18, 2020 12:44 pm

Hi all
New member here - I have just acquired a Thunder 1A from 1984, but the phase switch toggle is broken
I guess all the switches are the same. but does anybody know where I can get a new one ? I would like to get the flattened toggle to match the others
Either that or a few hours with a file !!
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Post by Ian D Wed Mar 18, 2020 12:55 pm

Hello again
Lack of knowledge on my part
The broken switch referred to above is actually the Pre-amp/EQ switch, and they are not the same as the others
Any ideas ?
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Post by Westbone Wed Mar 18, 2020 3:55 pm

You mean one of these.
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Post by Barry Wed Mar 18, 2020 5:20 pm

Hi Ian,
In future, please don't double post on the same subject. It makes it confusing to follow the thread of the conversation. 

Just continue in your original post Wink

(I have merged your posts--Barry)

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Post by corsair Wed Mar 18, 2020 6:57 pm

Those ones that Westbone pointed up are the lads you're after! 
Over here, you can get them at Jaycar, so the electronics purveyor of your choice wherever you are should be able to help!
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Post by Ian D Thu Mar 19, 2020 5:09 am

Hi folks - that's the one, thanks Westbone All I have to do now is find one !
I understand they bare double pole, double throw switches
Sorry about the double post, Barry, I did not know you could edit an existing post. That is why I posted quickly, to keep them together
Thanks a lot,folks
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Post by Westbone Thu Mar 19, 2020 5:47 am

Ian D wrote:Hi folks - that's the one, thanks Westbone All I have to do now is find one !

Ian

Are you in the UK?
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Post by Ian D Thu Mar 19, 2020 6:24 am

Hi Redbone, yes I am. In Kent to be precise
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Post by Westbone Thu Mar 19, 2020 6:54 am

I'm in Essex.

Could send you one if needed.

Send me a pm.

The switch you need is a on/on type.
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Post by Purge Fri Mar 20, 2020 4:05 pm

They used to be available from RS components in the UK, don't know if they still do them
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Post by Westbone Fri Mar 20, 2020 4:28 pm

I've got a bin load of 'em here in the UK.

Used on many other guitars.
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Post by Iain clarke Wed Apr 22, 2020 11:32 am

This is exactly what I need too. I’ve just picked up an 84 T1A bass that has had the phase switch replaced. I think it’s wired wrong though as when it’s engaged only 1 side of the pickup works.. it’s fine in passive or active on mode so I know it’s not the pickup or preamp.
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Post by Barry Wed Apr 22, 2020 11:53 am

Iain clarke wrote:This is exactly what I need too. I’ve just picked up an 84 T1A bass that has had the phase switch replaced. I think it’s wired wrong though as when it’s engaged only 1 side of the pickup works.. it’s fine in passive or active on mode so I know it’s not the pickup or preamp.
Iain, have a look at the T-IA bass wiring diagram HERE

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Post by Ian D Wed Apr 22, 2020 12:11 pm

Hi Iain

Westbone is your man - I fitted one of his switches a little while back. Good quality and works a treat
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Post by Westbone Wed Apr 22, 2020 4:23 pm

Try to help all..... Cool...apart from dumb+dumber..... Wink ... Thumb Up
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Post by Iain clarke Wed Apr 22, 2020 7:38 pm

Thanks for the heads up guys .. I’ll look into it tomorrow. Smile
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Post by Gunners26 Fri Jan 08, 2021 3:24 pm

I need to find a replacement switch, mine is completely busted.
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Post by Barry Fri Jan 08, 2021 3:54 pm

These little buggers are always getting snapped off. No wonder Mats (and everybody else) finally went to push/pull pots!

Westbone is your man if you're in the UK. PM him.
Failing that, Google is your friend. Use the specs in this post and find a convenient supplier. It's a fairly common part.

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Post by Gunners26 Fri Jan 08, 2021 4:57 pm

Many thanks, will do.
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Post by RonS Tue Jan 11, 2022 3:28 pm

I have a 1985 Thunder III Bass with the Magnabass pickups and the Active on/off switch has a broken toggle (which from this post seems a common issue).  Is it the same mini DPDT ON-ON spec for the Thunder III?


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Post by Setanta Wed Dec 07, 2022 4:19 pm

Westbone wrote:I've got a bin load of 'em here in the UK.

Used on many other guitars.
Hi Westbone. I need all three for a 1983 thunder 1a guitar. Preamp, coil and phase switch.  Also a pickup selector switch. If you can help that would be brilliant
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Post by 1point5 Wed Dec 07, 2022 6:10 pm

Setanta wrote:
Westbone wrote:I've got a bin load of 'em here in the UK.

Used on many other guitars.
Hi Westbone. I need all three for a 1983 thunder 1a guitar. Preamp, coil and phase switch.  Also a pickup selector switch. If you can help that would be brilliant
A switch is a switch. Any dpdt will do the job if you wire it the same. Same on the pickup selector. Any switch that fits will work the same if you wire it the same. 

You can buy the original switches from eBay and places but why spend $40 on a 40 year old part , when a $1 part that's brand new will work the same (probably better because it's newer).
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Post by 30hertz Fri Dec 09, 2022 8:06 am

Purge wrote:They used to be available from RS components in the UK, don't know if they still do them
Yes they are, the part number you want is 394-419. 
HTH!  Smile
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Post by 1point5 Fri Dec 09, 2022 11:16 am

Or the exact same thing here for 1/3 the price:

https://www.taydaelectronics.com/mini-toggle-switch-1m-series-dpdt-on-on-flat-lever.html
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Post by Setanta Fri Dec 09, 2022 6:44 pm

1point5 wrote:
Setanta wrote:
Hi Westbone. I need all three for a 1983 thunder 1a guitar. Preamp, coil and phase switch.  Also a pickup selector switch. If you can help that would be brilliant
A switch is a switch. Any dpdt will do the job if you wire it the same. Same on the pickup selector. Any switch that fits will work the same if you wire it the same. 

You can buy the original switches from eBay and places but why spend $40 on a 40 year old part , when a $1 part that's brand new will work the same (probably better because it's newer).
Forgive my ignorance but what type of mini toggle switch do I need for pre amp, coil tap and phase, are they on-on or on-off-on or what. I understand they are readily available but want to ensure I get the correct switch for each of the three. Thanks in advance
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Post by 1point5 Sat Dec 10, 2022 3:47 am

I am 90% they're all dpdt on/on switches given that they only switch between 2 options.
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Post by Setanta Sat Dec 10, 2022 3:49 am

1point5 wrote:I am 90% they're all dpdt on/on switches given that they only switch between 2 options.
Thanks 1point5. I appreciate you replying so quickly.
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Post by 1point5 Sat Dec 10, 2022 4:00 am

Only took 9 hours. A new record!
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Post by Setanta Sat Dec 10, 2022 4:04 am

Setanta wrote:
1point5 wrote:I am 90% they're all dpdt on/on switches given that they only switch between 2 options.
Thanks 1point5. I appreciate you replying so quickly.
Worth the wait. santacheers
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