6 position rotary switch on HSS Strat?

dan!

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So I'm putting together a custom HSS Strat - I just received word that my neck and body have shipped from Warmoth. Stoked!!!

I'm planning to use a rotary switch instead of the common 5 position blade. (I prefer the look of round knobs to the blade switch and sometimes I'll accidentally hit the blade while playing and knock it into a different position...)

Before I began my search, I assumed I would wind up with a 5 position rotary switch. But it looks like there are also 6 position rotary switches! (https://www.stewmac.com/electronics/components-and-parts/switches/rotary-switches.html)

So, now I assume I'm going to be getting a bonus position! What to do with it?

[list type=decimal]
[*]Bridge
[*]Bridge+Middle
[*]Middle
[*]Middle+Neck
[*]Neck
[*]Bonus Position!
[/list]

I guess the logical options for the 6th (Bonus) position are Bridge+Neck or Bridge+Middle+Neck. Is there another option that I'm overlooking? Does anyone have feedback on these Bonus Position options? Or experience with these StewMac rotary switches?

Thanks!
Dan
 

stratamania

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Other options might be out of phase or pickups in series versus parallel.

You might also consider a Freeway ultra switch which will also support HSS which StewMac also sell.

https://www.stewmac.com/electronics/components-and-parts/switches/free-way-ultra-switch.html

https://www.freewayswitch.com/schematics-toggle/
 

DaveT

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All 3 pickups in series, the loudest output you can get!
If you can stand to do it, add an out-of-phase switch so you can put at least one of the pickups out of phase.
You will have to experiment to see which sounds best to you.
 

dan!

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stratamania said:
Other options might be out of phase or pickups in series versus parallel.

You might also consider a Freeway ultra switch which will also support HSS which StewMac also sell.

https://www.stewmac.com/electronics/components-and-parts/switches/free-way-ultra-switch.html

https://www.freewayswitch.com/schematics-toggle/

That Free-Way switch is really cool! It's like a miniature manual transmission gear lever!

Great suggestion! Thanks!

 
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