GOOD 5bway switches, what to get?

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  1. HHB

    HHB Member

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    I'm sick of these cheap switches that break and get weird, whats the rolls royce of 5 way strat switches?
     
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    I'd like to know what people think about this as well. I'm going to be getting a traditional 5-way for my CU22 Soapy and I want it to be the best possible.

    -Austin
     
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    When I went to get my wiring job done on my Strat here in Nashville, the store tech told me that the Dimarzio switches were pretty good. Now, I don't know if there are any better options (seems like a pretty small piece of the overall picture, you know), but it feels way better than the original 5 way did. Very solid. I seriously doubt it would ever break under normal usage.
     
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    don't know about "rolls royce", but CRL is certainly the, um...well, there's not a car analogy that works here. a CRL will last forever, unlike any car i can think of. (it's the "fender strat" of switches, how's that? fender strats came with them 50 years ago, and most of them are still working now.)

    http://www.allparts.com/store/electronics-switches-ep-0076-000,Product.asp
     
  5. K-Line

    K-Line Gold Supporting Member

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    CRL or Oakley. CRL is much easier to find.
     
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    I've had a 5 way Schaller Superswitch in my Tele for 31 years. I had to clean it once with a shot of Deoxit but it has worked flawlessly since then. Mine is made in Germany.
     
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    you're lucky, as i've seen many of those switches fall apart when the central screw that the whole thing pivots on falls out or strips (most recently on a brand-new taylor t-5).
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    unless your 31-year-old switch is different from this?
     
  9. FloridaSam

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    I dunno, I'll have to take a look at it. All I know is that its a Schaller Super Switch Made In Germany. I thought about replacing it last year because it had gotten almost impossible to move. Very tight. One shot of deoxit and its smooth like buttah. I can't say anything bad about CTS though. They've worked long and hard i nmany vintage Fenders.
     
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    I just put a Schaller megaswitch in a partscaster and love it. Obiously I can't speak to longevity yet, but it feels great and does just what I wanted it to do.
     

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