Best 5 way switch - recommendations.

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  1. Macaroni

    Macaroni Member

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    I have to replace a 5 way switch on my 3 x P90 guitar.

    Any recommendations as to the best one - any to avoid?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Chikn

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    There's one that WD sells that is basically half of a Super Switch. Doesn't do all of the stunt wiring, but you can get the bridge and neck together in the middle position if you want.
     
  3. Rosewood

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    I would go with a CRL switch if you need standard switching.
     
  4. John Phillips

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    CRL, either for standard or 'super'.

    Avoid anything built with a PCB or a plastic housing.
     
  5. Rosewood

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    Does CRL make "super" switches? I always use CRL for 3 and 5 way, didn't know they made anything fancy.
     
  6. Structo

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    Oak Grigsby I think is the maker of the super switch.
     
  7. David Collins

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    The Grigsby's are still similar construction to the CRLs - I'm okay with almost any wafer style switch. I just recommend avoiding the plastic or printed circuit board contact as John said.
     
  8. John Phillips

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    Pretty sure I've had a couple of Super Switches that were CRL, although I could be wrong. The frames looked identical to the regular CRL 5-way, anyway.

    Doesn't really matter as long as the construction is the same - steel frame with tension-spring detent, fiber/paxolin boards, double-leaf contacts.
     
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    Why?
     
  10. David Collins

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    In general, the printed circuit contact boards wear out, get scratched up, and just tend to have a limited life span.
     
  11. John Phillips

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    Because they are flimsy, feel cheap and not positive in use, often crackle or cut out, wear out quickly, and possibly suck a tiny bit of tone (really). For what they cost - about half a proper one - they are very poor value for money and a waste of time to fit IMO.
     
  12. Rosewood

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    CRL is hard to beat. I remember a "made in Japan" wafer type that Fender used on some models that I had some trouble with. The contacts looked ok and I could clean it but the problems always returned.
     
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    I have a Dimarzio 5-way Super Switch in my Strat. It works OK, but feels a bit loose in the stop positions at times, and other times it feels tight. I wouldn't recommend it. When it goes, I'll put something else in.
     

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