What custom switching systems do you guys like best?

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  1. Bard2dbone

    Bard2dbone Tele-Meister

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    I've got two Strats currently. One has a "Strat Lover's Circuit" and the other has a Turnstyle Switch plus the five way and a Clapton boost circuit.

    That Turnstyle Switch was conceptually cool, but expensive. I guess I'm re-thinking it now. I love the Strat Lover's Circuit on the other guitar. But if I was going to make another one, I'd want more tonal variability.

    So with that in mind, what switching options make y'all go "Yeah. THAT!" ?
     
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    Ess Eff Tele-Holic

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  3. DHart

    DHart Friend of Leo's

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    On a Strat, I like to rewire the switch for:
    1-middle
    2-bridge & middle
    3-bridge
    4-neck and bridge
    5-neck

    On Teles, I like the standard wiring, but prefer the Gibson-style toggle switch
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  4. Gclef

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    Depends on the guitar.

    Strats. I like the standard 5 way plus neck and bridge. Run it thru a clapton circuit and I'm good.

    I also dig the les paul 3 way toggle with 2v 2t controls.

    HH guitars with a 5 way I prefer the ibamez 5 way switching which gives inner coils parallel and neck in parallel in the in between positions.

    But I really like and go for simplicity with regards to guitar controls.
     
  5. midnight340

    midnight340 Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    Having wired it up (a couple years back,) I’ll never have my Tele without the push-pull series/parallel tone control!!!
     
  6. Flaneur

    Flaneur Friend of Leo's

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    I have a Classic Player 50s Strat. It came stock, with my favourite setup, giving Bridge and Neck at once, when I want it.
    If you take off the scratch plate and swap the Bridge and Middle pickups, you get the same effect.. Just add some tone control to the bridge and that's it!
    (Neck and Middle is available, in one of those in-between, 'ghost' positions).
     
  7. jannodude

    jannodude Tele-Afflicted

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    I have the Emerson Custom 5-way Blender Prewired Kit on my Stratocaster.

    I like it!
     
  8. Zepfan

    Zepfan Poster Extraordinaire

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    I like to move the second tone pot off the middle pickup to the bridge pickup if it isn't already done that way from the builder.

    I like doing a series/parallel toggle switch for the middle/neck and middle/bridge positions.
     
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    I like the normal setting with the bridge pickup connected to a tone pot. That's all. I'm just use to that setup.
     
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  10. Dan German

    Dan German Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    No switch. Just volume and tone.

    Oh wait, my Strat only has a neck pickup. Never mind...
     
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    8trackmind Tele-Afflicted

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    I've tried em all and always go back to stock on a strat/tele/paul.
    I gig so 8 pedals, a lap steel, a mic and shifty band members keep me busy enough. Tricky switching is just mental overload for me. YMMV.

    My opinion only: most custom switching options appeal to bedroom players who are trying to get the most of what they have. Nothing wrong with that but I'd rather just switch guitars when the money is on the line.
     
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  12. MahoganyStratDZ

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    I been doing the same and have been satisfied.
     
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    Strat has the reverse Hendrix bridge pickup and an Armstrong Blender (blends between SSS and hot HSH, wiring only change). I'll eventually put the tone and blender on a stacked pot so I can move the volume pot to the first tone pot pickguard hole.
    Tele Esquire-H has both bobbins wired like individual pickups into a 4-way switch for 'Neck'/parallel/'Bridge'/humbucker


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    Other good mods for a Strat:
    -Swap neck and middle pickups in the pickguard (or solder at the switch) and you get neck+bridge like a Tele but give up #4 Quack.
    -Seven tone/Gilmour mod with push/pull or toggle.
    -Push/pull to get bridge and middle pickups in series.

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  14. Ricky D.

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    Keep it real simple if you are gigging with it.

    I like master volume and master tone with a Fralin blender for the third pot, gives me n+b when I want it.
     
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  15. tubelectron

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    On my custom/customized models, I often do custom/customized wirings... o_O

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    Or simply custom/customized switchings... ;)

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    But it's me, OK ? :D

    -tbln
     
  16. Bill

    Bill Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free Member

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    I used to have an Elite Strat from 1984. They had a dedicated push button switch for each pickup. That was ok.
     
  17. Zepfan

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    I like the reverse bridge pickup idea or just a straight across pickup more than the typical slant.

    Another good Strat mod is to replace the bridge pickup with a Tele bridge pickup or a P90 pickup. I have both now and am very happy with both.
     
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    I don't need my strat to do EVERYTHING under the sun.... I just need it to do the 5 options (normally provided) the way "I want them to be"

    For that... I like the Fender 5 way Super Switch.
    • Set the pickup configs of your choice per position, you are not limited like a standard 5 way switch.
    • Send each setting to the tone "you choose"
    • Add an extra cap/resistor to shape a particular setting... you mind is your limit!
    As an example... this is what I do. (vintage, '62 pickups)
    • 250K Volume
    • 250K/473 Tone
    • 1M/222 Tone (added brightness)
    1. Position 1: Bridge pickup with an added 1n cap (only in this position) to mimic a Tele pickup as close as possible... routed to the 250K/473 tone pot
    2. Position 2: Bridge/Middle... routed to the 1M/222 tone pot
    3. Position 3: Bridge/Neck... routed to the 250K/473 tone pot
    4. Position 4: Middle/Neck... routed to the 1M/222 tone pot
    5. Position 5: Neck... routed to the 250K/473 tone pot
    Result: Exactly what I look for in a Strat.... YMMV ;)
     
  19. grooveiron

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    I'm quite pleased with the free-way blade switch I installed in one of my strats. In addition to the normal 5 sounds I have b+n, b+m+n, b~m, b~n and m~n. Also have a passive midrange shaper in that one.
     
  20. EsquireOK

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    Returning to original Strat wiring makes me happier than anything. Three way switch, and no tone control on the bridge pickup.

    No “notch” tone positions getting in the way of quick and positive switching action, just to provide tones that I dislike and never use. And no dragging the bridge pickup down in tone along with the middle.

    Other than the short lived 100K pots, Leo got the Strat switching and controls right from the beginning. Not so of the Tele, IMO.
     
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