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Rotary Switches

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5 and 6-position rotary switches for custom wiring, PRS guitars and Varitone circuits.

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Rotary Switches
  Item# Description In stock Price Quantity
3512 5-position, 4-pole Yes
6 or more $8.91  

3511 6-position, 2-pole Yes
6 or more $8.91  

3516 6-position, 4-pole Yes
6 or more $8.91  

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4-pole switch for Paul Reed Smith® guitars, or other custom wiring and pickup combinations.

Item# 3512
Configuration 5-position, 4-pole
Typical use Pickup selector and
custom wiring
Cavity depth   
1-5/16" (33.34mm)

2-pole and 4-pole versions for custom wiring and pickup combinations, such as the Varitone notch filter circuit in Gibson ES-345 and Lucille guitars.

Item# 3511
Configuration 6-position, 2-pole
Typical use Varitone
Cavity depth   
7/8" (22.23mm)
Item# 3516
Configuration 6-position, 4-pole
Typical use Pickup selector,
Varitone, and
custom wiring
Cavity depth   
1-5/16" (33.34mm)

Each rotary switch includes a flat washer, lock washer and two mounting nuts. The coarse-knurled split shaft has M9 x .75 thread; the threaded portion is 3/8" tall (10mm). 3/8"-diameter (10mm) mounting hole is required.

#0526 Chickenhead Knob is available separately to fit these switches.

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Rotary Switches
Rotary Switches
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5 9-25-2011
Single-ganged switch fits in thin guitars like the SG.

I was hoping to use the 6-pos 4-pole switch for pickup control (neck, bridge, parallel, series, out-of-phase parallel, out-of-phase series), but the double-ganged switches do not fit in my SG. I had to make do with the 3511, 6-pos, 2-pole, with a separate out-of-phase toggle switch, which works just fine.

The quality of these switches is great and contact noise is non-existant (unless you're playing while you switch, in which case you hear a "click"). .

fret_man  Bartlett, IL Read my reviews (5)
5 9-12-2011
Very quiet

I used a 3511 to build a varitone circuit which made me realize all caps sound the same when the tone pot is at 10, but that is a different story. The switch worked just fine. very quiet, I did not feel resistors were needed from each pin to ground to help eliminate switch clicking.

David S  Seattle, WA Read my reviews (18)
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5 8-10-2011
Great 3-humbucker switch!

Used the 5-way, 4-pole on a triple humbucker, double-cutaway custom guitar build, and it's working very well. Kudos to Stewmac for carrying these switches!

Hostager Luthier  Eau Claire, WI Read my reviews (6)
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5 7-11-2011
5 position rotary

Installation of the device was not nerve-wracking at all, but you must have a little patience. The simplified schematic made it very easy to wire the two humbuckers, and when I plugged in the guitar I was ecstatic that all positions worked as they should. I am truly happy with this rotary switch which I installed in a PRS copy guitar with Al Dimeola signature pickups.

guitar novice  Detroit, MI Read my reviews (4)
4 4-11-2011
Great mod project

I bought this switch to add a coil tap option to my Firebird and clean up its looks by removing the three-way switch. The 3512 switch is a bit taller than the control cavity so I needed to add a ~.080" spacer between the body and the rear cover plate for clearance. The new positions sound great and I am happy with the modification. My order arrived right on time and it was a fun project. Thank you Stew-Mac!

dmh39  Salisbury, Massachusetts USA
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5 3-02-2011
Very Versatile, Very Reliable

I used a 4P6T in my Les Paul to control 3 Coil Tapped Humbuckers. I've been beating on it for several years now, and it's still giving me 100% all the time.

67 Fastback  Norwich,CT Read my reviews (2)
5 1-24-2011
No risk, no reward

These will keep me coming back because they're rugged and versatile. I have a 5-way, a 6-way, and recently got another 4P6T for a friends guitar. They're tricky to install and make your control cavity look like spaghetti, but they've officially made me dislike the traditional 3-way toggle switch. I won't play without a rotary (unless it's a Strat-style).

Archangel Lutherie  Huntertown, IN Read my reviews (2)
5 11-10-2010
Installing three 6-position, 4 pole Rotary Switches

I installed a Seymour Duncan P-Rail pick-up in the middle position of a Strat and wired it to a 6-position Rotary Switch. The neck and bridge P-ups are wired to another 6-position Rotary switch and the output leads of those two switches are wired to yet another 6-position Rotary switch. This enables every combination possible (though some are redundant /useless).

The switches work great and the wiring was fun to do. Not hard at all like some reviews I read before diving in. If you can work a soldering iron, there should be no problem. One thing to point out is that I did this for recording sounds; to avoid filtering or EQing. In my case, with three switches, it takes a bit of time to dial in the sounds; Too much fiddling. But most folks wont use three in a scheme so it would be fine for live use.

boolaboolaman  New Orleans
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