Recessed Gilmour Switches

Discussion in 'Tech-Talk' started by Birddog144, Sep 27, 2019.

  1. Birddog144

    Birddog144 Squier-holic

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    I was looking for a bracket to mount a recessed "Gilmour" switch on my Strat and all I could find was one for $35, or a cheap one in England that would not ship to the USA. While I understand the correlation between manufacturing such an item and the quantity of expected sales, I thought $35 was a bit high. For $25, I might go for it, as long as it included a switch as well.

    What to do?? o_O Tool up and make my own of course. ;):cool:

    Behold, the prototype Gilmour switch bracket!


    Now for the purposes of creating the prototype, I individually measured and marked the locations of all the holes and punched them out using the tried and true TLAR method (That Looks About Right)....:rolleyes: I have designed a fixture for my punch that will index the sheet aluminum blank and precisely punch all the holes accurately. I already have materials on order to build it (I need a 20mm end mill I don't have to make the fixture).

    I have already made a fixture to hold a pickguard in my mill to rout the slot for the switch tip, so it will look like this when it is done:


    Pretty cool huh?? :cool::cool:
     
  2. dbrian66

    dbrian66 Squier-holic

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    That’s awesome! Great work.
     
  3. Birddog144

    Birddog144 Squier-holic

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    My design will allow up to three switches for all kinds of wiring options.
     
  4. squierTony

    squierTony Dr. Squier

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    Looky atcha lol.. That's freaking awesome.
     
  5. AllroyPA

    AllroyPA Squier-Axpert

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    So damn innovative! You rock
     
  6. Birddog144

    Birddog144 Squier-holic

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    I currently have enough material on hand to make 24 of them (including the prototype), but full production will be on hold until I get all the materials that are coming on that slow boat from China.

    In the future, every time I pull the pickguard from a Strat, it's going to get a Gilmour switch! The actual wiring to do that mod is ridiculously simple.
     
  7. mdparent03

    mdparent03 Squier-holic

    May 6, 2013
    Beaumont, CA
    Where were you when I was building my Gilmour strat? If you need a tester I can put a pickguard and a plate on mine. ;)
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  8. Birddog144

    Birddog144 Squier-holic

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    I was out flying my glider.... :rolleyes: I'm going to put one on this. Maybe I'll do a single-ply black pickguard and white pickup covers to boot. ;)

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  9. jskeen

    jskeen Squier-holic

    Feb 9, 2016
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    That's way better than cutting up an old humbucker cover like I did on this one. 20190909_143113.jpg
     
  10. mdparent03

    mdparent03 Squier-holic

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    Yes, you have to have the first one of course. :)
     
  11. Papa Joe

    Papa Joe Squier-Axpert

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    That's how every thing we use was started..necessity is the mother of invention..
    Ya done good..
     
  12. DrBeGood

    DrBeGood Squier-holic

    Dec 9, 2014
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    I'd go one step further and make the 3 parallel to the main selector, but staggered.
     
  13. Birddog144

    Birddog144 Squier-holic

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    The tooling to do that would be FAR more complicated.
     
  14. Birddog144

    Birddog144 Squier-holic

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    I routed the PG for the switch to check out everything and all is good. I may modify the height of the switch by a few thousandths, but other than that, it's a winner.

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  15. Fasteddie42

    Fasteddie42 Squier Talker

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    Too much switcherdoodling for me.

    But gat dang that's some clean work!!

    Bang up job sir!
     
  16. jskeen

    jskeen Squier-holic

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    Super clean, and yet repeatable. That's the magic combo. Skill and practice can make for clean, but repeatable takes tooling! :)
     
  17. Birddog144

    Birddog144 Squier-holic

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    .... and tooling takes a lathe and a mill. I'd be lost without them. ;)

    Parts are still being shipped. As soon as they arrive, I'm going to have more recessed Gilmour switch brackets one man can use in one lifetime.
     
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2019
  18. Birddog144

    Birddog144 Squier-holic

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    I wasn't completely happy with the height of the switch above the pickguard on the prototype. There was no ability to adjust the height of the switch as the adjusting nut had to be removed from it. Additionally, there may have been clearance issues with the cavity floor in some bodies. I changed one of the dimensions, made a new indexing block for my shear, test-bent a scrap in my brake and Voilà! New and Improved design with room for adjustments. :rolleyes::cool:

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  19. cool gouhl

    cool gouhl Squier-Nut

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    I was unaware of these until I saw this post. I love mini toggles but hate how they stick out. Nice job!
     
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  20. Birddog144

    Birddog144 Squier-holic

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    Prototype #2, height adjustable and final design. This one was made from a slightly undersized piece and will go into that black MIM Strat I posted above along with an all-black pickguard and white P/U covers. :cool: All future brackets will be full width.

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