Toggle switches: is this weird?

Discussion in 'Electric Instruments' started by Ovibos, May 21, 2021.

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What position do you leave toggles in?

  1. Where I last played it

    70.0%
  2. Middle - it puts less stress on it

    6.7%
  3. Middle - but not for your goofy reason

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  4. Bridge - shows I rock out more

    20.0%
  5. Neck - shows I'm a team player

    3.3%
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  1. Ovibos

    Ovibos Naughty Wood Librarian

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    I've found I have this weird thing about 3-way toggles - something makes me think that the middle position creates less stress on it, so I find myself flipping them to the middle when I put the guitar down.

    Is this nonsense? Weird? True, but pointless?
     
  2. RickP

    RickP Established 1960, Still Not Dead

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    I haven’t really thought about it. I don’t move it when putting it into the case, so I voted that. I’m on the bridge pickup most often, so that’s probably where it is normally. But if the last song was a neck pickup number, there it shall be until next use!
     
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  3. veinbuster

    veinbuster Zombie Three, DFZ

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    The toggle doesn’t care. It’s life will depend more on how vigorously and how often you smash it back and forth than how it is stored.
     
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  4. Going Modal

    Going Modal I should be practicing right now.

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    I have always defaulted to putting my guitar (any/all of them) back in its case with toggle in the neck position, volume off, and tone up. I don't know why. I'm trying to be less anal about these little things.
     
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  5. vchizzle

    vchizzle Zomb!e Nine, DFZ

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    Makes sense from a physics standpoint. Will it make the toggle last longer? Ehhh, not sure about that. I tend to agree with @veinbuster
     
  6. alantig

    alantig Zombie Four, DFZ

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    I tend to mostly agree w/what @veinbuster said, but... I did recently have to work on my DGT's toggle. It had developed some static, and the bridge pup position was starting to go intermittent. I don't case this one, so the static wasn't a huge surprise. The intermittent function, though, was a bit troubling, especially because the neck position was fine. I can only surmise that leaving it in that position all the time had pushed the tine out a little bit over time and created the problem. A little gentle bending work, and it's good as new.

    And did I learn my lesson? I'll bet you can guess what position the toggle is in now. Or at least I think it's in that position.

    And for the record, I pay no attention to what position the toggle is in when I put my guitars up, cased or not. The DGT is the only PRS that has developed that issue (at least so far).
     
  7. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    That switch moves??? Mine are always back.....\m/
     
  8. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    For someone who apparently has OCD, according to Mrs AR, I’m surprisingly relaxed about the position of my toggles!

    Now about the switches on the guitars!;)
     
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  9. Johnny Rigs

    Johnny Rigs "Hold on to your butts" - Samuel L Jackson

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    My brain says that use is what wears out parts. Always setting the toggle back to a certain position no matter where it is when you stop playing = more use. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
     
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  10. WA Paul

    WA Paul All dogs go to heaven

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    Bridge all the time. I used to keep it in the middle years ago, but then it’s sticking up higher in the case.
     
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  11. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    Depends on which side of the guitar the toggle's on - if it's the traditional PRS shape with toggle near the knobs, in the bridge position.

    If it's a 594 or SC, with the toggle on the other side of the guitar, the guitar gets cased with the toggle in the neck position.

    Why? I have no idea. At some point (early '70s?) I started doing it that way when I played Gibson, and it stuck. I'm a creature of habit, no matter the cause. :p
     
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