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I have not. What exactly does it do?

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17 minutes ago, Travis said:

I have not. What exactly does it do?

It provides three different locations for you to stab yourself in the finger.

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It gets in the way of your reaching for the five way, you accidentally hit one or two of these and Presto-Chango you've got some crazy new sound!  😉

 

Maybe tone pot defeats? 3 pole switches, the pots and 5 way look normal. Pre-Wire Tone Cap setups versus using the pots ala Gretsch?

 

 

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It allows you a bunch of extra combinations, and many options depending on how you wire it. They are most commonly wired so that you get all of your traditional Strat pickup options in a choice of both parallel and in series; it also gives you the Tele Neck and Bridge option both in parallel and in series. It also gives you all three pickups together in parallel, series and series/parallel.

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Just now, gtrdaddy said:

It allows you a bunch of extra combinations, and many options depending on how you wire it. They are most commonly wired so that you get all of your traditional Strat pickup options in a choice of both parallel and in series; it also gives you the Tele Neck and Bridge option both in parallel and in series. It also gives you all three pickups together in parallel, series and series/parallel.

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I think I would rather go with push/pull or push/push pots than the mini switches. I would have a hard time managing those little buggars in a live setting...

That said, I do think they look cool. : )

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Looks like a great way to overcomplicate your switching and butcher your pickguard all at the same time!
If you want the "Tele sound" so badly, get a fucking Tele. Built in excuse right there.
The "all three pickups at once" sound ain't that great, and as for parallel/series... nobody cares except for companies that make switches and Paul Reed Smith.

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Just install a Freeway 5B5-01. One switch  will do all that, if that's

what you want. I replaced the rotary in my PRS with a Freeway 3x3-04 toggle,

pretty cool switch.

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3 hours ago, kizanski said:

The "all three pickups at once" sound ain't that great, and as for parallel/series... nobody cares except for companies that make switches and Paul Reed Smith.

...and Brian May.

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Back when Mesa did nothing but exotic hardwood cabinets and wicker grills and all the LA studio heroes had guitars to match, I had a Strat-o-type with 3 mini-toggles instead of the 5-way.  They were double-throw types that gave you on/off/phasephlop for each pickup.  Kinda cool, but also kinda fiddly for live use. Between that and the fact that that hardwood body weighed a ton, it didn't see much action.

 

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Considering the photographed example isn't wired up, I'm not sure even the source knows what to do with it. 

For what it's worth, I have a Gilmour "neck on" two-way switch in my G&L Legacy and I get a lot mileage out of the two very desirable tones it adds, maybe it's the pickups I use. And I've lost count of how many of those I've added to Strats in my market after shop clients try mine. Win-win.

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1 hour ago, Brooks said:

 

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YES!!!

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I've come to the conclusion I need no more than five choices.  Really, one or two will do.  All that extra stuff just gets in the way of making music.

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4 hours ago, Jeff R said:

Considering the photographed example isn't wired up, I'm not sure even the source knows what to do with it. 

For what it's worth, I have a Gilmour "neck on" two-way switch in my G&L Legacy and I get a lot mileage out of the two very desirable tones it adds, maybe it's the pickups I use. And I've lost count of how many of those I've added to Strats in my market after shop clients try mine. Win-win.

I am REALLY hoping that 2021 is the year I finally send a lil' project down your way, Jeff!

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