4-way Switch Options - Is one better/more useful?

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  1. honeycreek

    honeycreek Tele-Afflicted

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    As others have said, I think it matters most what you use the most. I like bridge only and neck only and use them most of the time. I therefore like them at the end of the throws.
     
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  2. Shuster

    Shuster Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    Is one better/more useful? ,,, ask this Guy;)

     
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    BCblues55 TDPRI Member Gold Supporter

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    This is great! Thank you for sharing!!
     
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    With a normal 4-way switch (make before break) and series/parallel next to each other you will short all signal to ground when switching between these two... this might result in unnecessary loud plopp...
     
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  5. Guitarteach

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    I wired mine to singles at either end. I prefer the single coil neck tone over series and want it accessible.

    Fast PU changes in a gig get me all the classic sounds by slamming it to the ends.

    That, combined with a flipped plate, makes it far more useful and practical than stock. I was always knocking the switch.
     
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  6. sjtalon

    sjtalon Doctor of Teleocity

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    Ubetcha !

    I didn't make it, just copied it, so kudos to the originator !
     
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  7. dobrojoe

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    Always use the 5-way...
    Bridge
    Bridge and Neck out of phase *series*
    Bridge and neck parallel
    Bridge and neck series
    Neck

    Use bridge and neck series the most.
     
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  8. BCblues55

    BCblues55 TDPRI Member Gold Supporter

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    Do you have a diagram for that? I imagine it's pretty versatile!

    Thanks!
     
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  10. danpan

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    I have an Oak Grigsby switch in one of my Teles that I got from Stew Mac and I found it to be quite good. It is a very positive feeling switch. I purchased one from Amazon a couple years ago however, that came from Allparts. It too, was supposed to be an Oak Grigsby. I don't know if they have done a design change or not, but it didn't look or feel like the one I received from Stew Mac. In fact, it was junk and I ended up throwing it away. Has anyone else had a similar issue??
     
  11. SPUDCASTER

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    The Fender Oak Grigsby that I purchased had some bent contacts.

    That was fun until I figured that out.

    Then the switch is real limp feeling through the positions and wiggled side to side cuts out.

    I just kind of deal with it. It does work, but I wouldn't purchase another one.
     
  12. BCblues55

    BCblues55 TDPRI Member Gold Supporter

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    I’m really intrigued by the

    Neck
    Parallel
    Series
    Bridge

    option sjtalon’s diagram showed. Single-pickup positions on the ends, lower-output position next to the neck, and higher-output position next to the bridge. I’ll wire it up this weekend and let you know how it goes!
     
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