Free-Way Pickup Switch

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Now fits a Gibson® Les Paul® switch cavity without routing! This is an upgrade of the unique switch originally installed in the Jimmy Page Les Paul® Custom.

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Free-Way Pickup Switch Nickel


Item # 0055
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3 or more $32.50
Free-Way Pickup Switch Gold


Item # 0055-G
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3 or more $35.29
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Free-Way Switch

Explore the possibilities of a 6-position toggle switch. Coil tap, 3-pickups, piezo activation... you decide!

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Now fits a Gibson® Les Paul® switch cavity without routing! This is an upgrade of the unique switch originally installed in the Jimmy Page Les Paul® Custom.

6-way guitar gearshift! It does the work of multiple standard switches: 2-pole, 6-position transverse toggle action broadens wiring options and tone possibilities. Great for coil-splitting, 3-pickup selection, piezo pickup activation, and humbucker / single-coil / humbucker switching.

No-rout installation
Compact size can be used in most guitars
More wiring configurations
Improved switching feel
Space-saving gold-plated solder pad connections

Mounting nut with flat washer
Cream, black, and amber knobs

Dimensions 61/64" x 1-17/64" (24.13mm x 32.05mm)
Threaded portion 13/32" (10.39mm)
Threads M12 x 1.0
Required mounting hole diameter 1/2" (12.70mm)
Required body cavity depth 3/8" (9.52mm)

Product Instructions

Free-Way Switch Instructions

Installation and wiring diagrams

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    • 0055
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    • 0055-G
    • 0.042

Ratings & Reviews

Free-Way Pickup Switch

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Possibly the worst guitar component I have ever come across

By Dominic Shaw from Bramley UK 
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Recently installed a 6 way selector in my strat. 15mins work, no problem. Four evenings working with this and still not working. Useless solder 'pads' prone to shorting and with no mechanical anchoring of wires, one or more inevitably come lose when installing in semi-hollow. Normal solder tags would have added 2mm to the depth of the switch. Also switch does not stay in position but pops out.

5 Stars How??

By Guy from NY
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, July 28, 2014

I've been a user of this switch ever since it came out, from the first version to the current. The switch still has issues despite different manufacturers and designs.

I have purchased this version alone 3 times as the switch is unreliable and keeps failing.

It will bleed your pickups together despite whatever selection you choose on the switch. Then the switch will cut out all together.

Resoldering or contact cleaners will not fix the problem.

In short, as I have stated in a now vanished review of the original switch, great design and idea but poor manufacturing.

I have no choice but to keep replacing failed switches as this is the only product on the market that does what it does.


By Guitar Eli from Mesa, AZ
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, April 18, 2014

I rebuilt a Gibson Les Paul Studio. I wanted more tone options so I added a third Humbucker. I wanted more pickup configurations and after doing some research I came across the Free-Way Pickup Switch. Here is the configuration.

1. Neck
2. Neck and Bridge
3. Bridge
4. Neck and Middle
5. Middle (Plus an Optional Push, Pull tone Pot for all 3 Humbuckers.)
6. Bridge and Middle

Not to mention, I added push pull pots on the three volume pots for single coil activation. I have a 23 different tone combinations and the Les Paul looks totally stock! This guitar is a tone Jedi! I am really thankful to Alasdair Bryce from Free-Way for corresponding with me for this very intricate wiring schematic. Thanks to Stew Mac for carrying this switch. Get your solder skills on, and turn any guitar into a tone factory!

Free-Way Pickup Switch

By Rick Cruz from Chicago, IL. USA
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, February 17, 2014

This was a good solution for wiring up my 3 pickup Gibson SG Custom Les Paul. The wiring diagrams were very useful, and the new improved Free-Way Switch eliminates the need to solder in jumper wires before installation... what a huge headache that would have been!

Excellent replacement for rotary switch

By Joe B from Geneva, Florida
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, January 23, 2014

Ordered this switch and received it like in three days - testimony to Stew Mac's excellent service. Alisdair Bryce from Freeway Switch's customer service was spot-on and immediately sent me the wiring diagrams that I didn't see listed on the FW web site. I needed a HH 1V1T configuration for my PRS CE 22. Installed it the next day and like the pickup options with single coil on one side of the switch and humbuckers on the other. I am "Happy, Happy, Happy"!

High quality switch with plenty of options

By Marc Jennings from UK
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, December 10, 2013

I bought this switch for a new project guitar with 2 humbuckers and am incredibly happy with the range of available tones. I used essentially scheme 7 from the PDF wiring instructions, although slightly modified to have a master volume and tone. The guys at FreeWay were very helpoful and helped me with the wiring - even going so far as to send me a custom diagram they drew up to my requirements.

I highly recommend this switch to anyone looking to add more tonal variation in the space of a traditional 3-way toggle switch.

Amazing product, amazing support - ideal for 3-pickup guitars

By Kristo from Wheaton, Illinois
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Since the Free-Way Pickup Switch was recently re-designed with a smaller form-factor, I've installed several in my Gibson, Epiphone and Hofner guitars with two- and three-humbucking pickup configurations. Each installation went very smoothly and the switch is a dream to use. One of the best things in addition to the switch itself is the amazing product support I've received from the manufacturer. You will find many different wiring diagrams on the company website, but I wrote to them because I had some ideas about different wiring schemes. Each time I've written with an idea, Alasdair Bryce has taken the time to produce an original wiring diagram for me within a matter of a day or two. I'm completely satisfied. BTW, if you have a three-humbucking pickup guitar and want to exploit its tonal possibilities to the fullest, this Free-Way Pickup Switch works great when you have your humbuckers wired first to Seymour Duncan's "Triple-Shot" switching system, then routed to the Free-Way switch. In this way, you end up with over 100 different humbucking and single-coil pickup combinations. Also, if you're putting these switches on a thinline guitar that you do not want to drill extra holes into for various volume and tone controls, I'd recommend installing Schatten thumbwheel pots (available from Stewmac) inside the guitar's F-holes. Very easy to use, without making your guitar's face too complicated.

Great switch!

By Dan-o from Houston, TX
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, November 22, 2013

I used this switch in a 3 pickup guitar (Stew Mac p90 kits) that I built. I didn't want to have to use push pull or blend pots to access all of the pickup combinations. The Free Way allows me to have any six of the seven possible combinations of three pickups. I left out all three pickups as that would probably sound like a muddy mess anyway, so I'm happy. The switch itself looks kinda like a cheap imported switch but the switching action feels solid and all of the positions are easy and smooth to switch between. Not quite as solid a feel as a Switchcraft switch, but good enough for the versatility it allows. The gold plated pads take solder quick and easy. The wiring diagrams seemed pretty complicated but it turned out to be a rather simple job. I mounted the switch to a pick guard so routing an existing cavity was not a concern of mine. My only real complaint is that the switch only came with one nut. I would suggest that a second nut be included in the future to allow for height adjustment when mounted on a pick guard. Fortunately I happened to have the right size Metric nut in my parts bin, but I could see that being a difficult part to find in the US.

Great Switch -- REVOLUTIONARY!!!

By Cathedral Guitars from Austin, TX
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, November 13, 2013

I'm using the Free-Way to convert 1 Center PU Gibson ES225s in to 3 PUP / 1Vol 1Tone Split Coil using a custom Free-Way Schematic. The switch is PHENOMENAL!!! It helps turn a plain-Jane guitar that most consider unusable into a real tone monster!!! This switch ROCKS!!!

Solid but not for me.

By mrBun from Sydney Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, October 20, 2013

The switch felt positive and solidly built. I bought it fo a Gibson Custom Les Paul with the SG shape. My luthier rang me to tell me it would need some serious routing to get it to fit. My bad.... I just saw "Les Paul" and thought coolness would ensue. I gave it to the luthier as a gift. Maybe someone will come in with a Lester that wants what this switch potentially offers.

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