Hey gang,

Dunno if this is the right forum for this; mods can move it if need be.

Anyhoo, my Epiphone Casino's pickup switch is crackling, so I figure it's time to try cleaning it and hope it doesn't need to be replaced. Thing is, I've never done this before and it's not like my Les Paul, where I can just pop the plate off the back to get at the switch.

Can I just squirt some contact cleaner directly into the switch from the front, or do I have to go through all the nonsense of removing the pickups and threading the switch out through the holes? 'cause I'm not a tech and I reaaally don't want to do that.

Thanks in advance,
tie a string around it, then unscrew it and pull it up through one of the f-holes

if you need to replace it they're less than 10 bucks

the string is important though, or you'll have a bitch of a time getting it back in place
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or blow can compressed air into the switch while it's still connected.

see if it clears up.
if not then use the trick to get the switch out.

might be a loose wire.

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might be a loose wire.

It's possible, but I noticed this issue with a couple of my guitars last night. My Les Paul has had it for a while, now - took it to a tech, claimed he couldn't reproduce the problem and re-soldered everything just to be sure.

I did a bit of Googling and found out that it might be because the switches were dirty, which made sense because it tended to happen at the start of play and usually after I hadn't played that particular guitar for a while, in the LP's case. The Casino was brand-new, only played it once, but it had been sitting in the rack for ages. In both instances, it went away after I'd worked the selector switch a few times.

Anyhoo, the can of cleaner I got had a straw thingy, so I was able to spray the switch directly from the f-hole (taking care to only zap the switch itself, of course). Also did the LP. Seems to have cleared it up, but only time will tell.

Damn. I ramble.