This is a pretty easy fix, if you have basic soldering skills. Total time is about 30 minutes.Tools & Materials Required
- Pencil soldering iron
- Small phillips screwdriver (size PH1 works well)
- 2x CH310-ND switches from Digi-Key ($1.49 ea.)
- (Optional) Fine wire solder
- (Optional) 2-3" zip-tie
Remove the six screws holding on the rectangular back cover, and cut the small zip-tie holding the cables together.Step 2:
Remove the screws from the front white cover and gently pull the cover away from the guitar body. You will need to work the ribbon cables through the small opening to the back cavity. You should end up with enough cable free to flip the front cover over.Step 3:
Remove the four screws holding down the strum switch circuit board and flip the board over. You should see two blue-top switches that look very similar to the CH310-ND switches. Note the Up/Down labels on the back of the circuit board. You can put either switch into either socket, but you must install the circuit board in the correct orientation when you are done!Step 4:
Apply your soldering iron to the two connection pins on the back of the circuit board until the solder liquefies. Quickly move to the other pin and repeat. Once both have liquefied once, you can move back and forth for just a second or two on each pin and slowly work the switch out of the circuit board. There will be plenty of solder left in the pin holes to connect the new switch. Optionally, you can use a solder remover to completely remove the solder from the pin area, then apply new solder with the new switch.
After the old switch is removed, align the new switch and insert the pins into the connection holes (they will not go all the way through). Heat up the solder that was left behind, again alternating between pins, and gently push the switch all the way into its mounted position. Make sure it is resting flat on the circuit board (there will be a small gap between the bottom of the switch and the circuit board, but the switch should be completely level; compare with other switch).Step 5:
Repeat Step 4 for other switch.Step 6:
Reinstall circuit board in correct orientation
Push ribbon cables back through hole and reinstall front cover.
Optionally re-zip-tie ribbon cables, flatten them into the rear
compartment, and reinstall rear cover.Step 7:
Rock on in silence!