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    New Starfire IV with loose toggle switch

    I was at a guitar shop today and they offered me a sweet deal on a new starfire iv ($850). The only issue with it that I can find is that the toggle switch appears to be loose. Instead of being fixed, it kind of swivels around, which concerns me. I am inclined to buy the guitar, but only if they replace the toggle switch. They had a number of guitars there and the other starfire iv had the same issue, but the other starfires did not, nor did any of the Gretch's, which seem to have the same toggle switch. Any thoughts?
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    Can you simply tighten the nut on the switch ? My NS X-175b has a less substantial feeling toggle switch than my USA made Starfire. But, it doesn't spin.
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    Yeah, that'd be my guess, too. Any shop worth their salt would fix that for you for free right there on the spot if you bought it. Hell, I'd imagine most would fix it if you just showed it to them since it's their guitar and all.
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    Too bad it took a customer to bring it to their attention...especially when they have more than one in that condition.

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    I think what you are saying is that the switch housing is loose in the hole in the guitar. If so, it should be an easy do-it-yourself anyway, but I'd think the seller would be willing to do it.

    But what you may be saying is that the toggle post is loose in the housing. I say that because mine is in my new SF III. It does function properly, but it does wiggle around in all three positions, especially the center one. Bad? At first I thought it was a joystick. I'm not expecting it to last forever, but for now I'm leaving it as is. For what I paid for it brand new, I'm quite willing to replace the switch if/when need be. Otherwise great guitar.
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    Does anyone know what kind of toggle switches are used in these guitars? Many of the imports have a relatively cheap "box" switch in lieu of the traditional open "quick flick" switch. For home use the cheaper switch is ok but if you play a lot or play live you may want to replace a cheap boxed switch.

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    This is the pic of the SF IV harness from Guild's site:

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