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Free-Way Pickup Switch Nickel

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Item # 0055
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$34.95

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Free-Way Pickup Switch Gold

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Item # 0055-G
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Free-Way Pickup Switch

About This Item

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.

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

Includes
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)


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    • Weight
    • 0055
    • 0.0420 lbs. (0.02 kg)
    • 0055-G
    • 0.0420 lbs. (0.02 kg)

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4.0

I love these switches but. . .

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Every time I install one of these I vow to myself that I'm going to post a review. . . First the good: There is simply no other switch that offers the flexibility that the two different freeway switches offer. Prior to these I was using 5 way rotaries, and they flat suck! These switches offer more flexibility than rotaries, hands down, plus they take up much less depth!

Now the bad news. . .
Every time I install one of these my blood pressure goes off the chart. The provided solder pads are tiny and the spacing between them is almost non existent. I'm no slouch at soldering and I have very good equipment, but these switches offer a huge challenge. I can only imagine the hell that these must cause for some poor soul with a crappy soldering gun from Home Depot. Since I prep the switch prior to mounting that usually goes reasonably well, but If I have to do any touch up once the switch is connected to the guitar, it becomes a nightmare of solder blobs and shorted pads and swearing and trying not to throw things across the room.

All this could be solved if the kind folks at Freeway were to simply rivet solder lugs to the pads. Of course I will continue to use these, as there is no other option that comes close, but I still hate installing them.

5.0

can people share their projects somewhere

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Mine hasn't arrived from the mail yet.. I'm looking very much forward to this. Could you guys share your wiring schemes?

5.0

Free-Way Pickup Switch

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Works really well, now I can have multiple settings right away. Very convenient!

5.0

Freeway Switch works fantastic!

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I was missing having a single coil sound with my EVH Wolfgang guitar. I did a little research, and I found at the pick ups for EVH are made by Seymour Duncan. That means they are already wired to be able to split the coils. I bought the switch, and now I have three I'm bucker positions, and three single coil positions! Love it !

5.0

Free way switch 

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Delivery was super fast considering I live in Hawaii. The switch works like a charm and so easy to access all of the positions.

3.0

Good for home, not too good for the road

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I really liked the versatility of the Free-Way Pickup Switch , but I don't think it has enough structure to endure the drudgery of everyday life on the road. My broken with a simple slip and consequent knock at the house room table . You need to be focus to change the positions, 'cause the space between them it's too tight one from each other. I'm happy with the purchase , but do this reservations.

5.0

Versatile and reliable

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I've had this switch on my 3PU LP for two years now and have never had a single problem with it. It's switching is much quieter than most switches I've inherited and many new ones I've installed over the years. I used it with three high gain pickups and a complex wiring scheme that gave me the most switching and tonal possibilities I could dream up. The versatility added with a middle PU and this switch is finally everything that I knew it could be in a 3PU LP. The switch feels as tight and mechanically sound today as it did the day I installed it. Thanks to StewMac and Alastair for such a great product!

5.0

Excellent service

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It is just what i wanted to do with the three pickup guitar I am building made it so I can have 1 pick up 2 pickups or 3 pickups in phase or single coil. Alastair is great at the company. 6 Stars!!

4.0

Great value with small adjustments

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I would give it a lower rating with out the adjustments I've made. The unit protrudes out so a second nut is needed under the pickguard to level it. it also made a lot of noise and cracks when toggling through the positions. it needed contact cleaner to subdue it which it did for the most part. Other wise, this switch great increase to tonality of the entire guitar breathing new life and possibilities further than a traditional blade switch would. Highly recommend in that area though switching through the positions can be sluggish

4.0

HHH 2vol/2tone

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Installed this in a customer's 3 pickup LP. Soldered & installed easily enough, but can't give 5 stars because I don't know the reliability yet.

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