Free-Way Ultra Switch

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Free-Way Ultra Switch Nickel


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Free-Way Ultra Switch Gold


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Free-Way Ultra Switch

About This Item

A customizer's dream! 28 terminals for creating the most sophisticated wiring circuits. Fits a Les Paul® switch cavity without routing!

Roll up your sleeves and fire up your soldering iron: the 6-way Ultra is a step beyond the original Free-Way switch, with an amazing 28 terminal connections that let you explore the most sophisticated wiring circuits. Access practically any pickup, coil combination, or custom functions you can dream of!

Compact size fits most guitars. The Free-Way Ultra switch is designed to keep your Gibson® Les Paul® or other solidbody looking stock, without routing. Featuring stainless steel construction and space-saving gold-plated terminal pads, it's made and tested to demanding quality standards.

No-rout installation
Compact size can be used in most guitars
More wiring configurations
Distinct switching action for fast changes between positions
Space-saving gold-plated solder pad connections

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

Threaded portion13/32"(10.39mm)
ThreadsM12 x 1.0
Required mounting hole diameter1/2"(12.70mm)
Required body cavity depth3/8"(9.52mm)



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    • 0072
    • 0.050 lbs. (0.02 kg)
    • 0072-G
    • 0.050 lbs. (0.02 kg)

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Super service from StewMac vendor


Verified Buyer

I'm building a Telecaster Thinline with 2 "f" sound holes from scratch without a control access panel on the back side. I wanted to use a split-coil humbucker in the neck and single coil bridge with a 5-way switch and Grease Bucket. The chambered space doesn't allow for a conventional 5-way switch so the StewMac rep suggested a low-profile Free-way Ultra Switch, which has 6 positions.
After receiving the switch I looked for the wiring diagram on the web site and didn't find exactly what I wanted. Contacted the manufacturer (NSF Controls Ltd) in the UK by email and described what I was planning and within days they sent a new wiring diagram that duplicates the 5-way switch diagram plus one more position. What great service! Thanks to both StewMac and NSF.


Dang . . .


Verified Buyer

This switch seems to have a lot of potential as a 6PDT but you almost need a degree in electrical engineering to literally figure it out, otherwise it may drive you mad. The schematics provided are okay but limited. The regular Freeway Switch is a bit easier to figure out letting the moder with a good amount of experience to figure out. Otherwise it is a very nice way to add more options without adding more switches. Last week I knew what day it was. Having been driven mad trying to figure out this switch . . .


Contacts are poor on switch recieved


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I purchased this switch less than a month ago and just got around to checking it out before installing it in my new Gibson Les Paul. I'm glad I didn't put it in! Measuring the switched-on positions of the switch with a good old Simpson ohm meter calibrated to zero ohms I read no less than two ohms resistance, with higher resistance in some of the six switch positions, and worse than that, the resistance varied greatly as the switch was touched or flipped in an out of positions. This is a do not recommend from me as the guitar signal would be intermittent and/or not as strong as it should be. A nearly $50 switch should have nothing but gold plated or ultra high quality contacts.


Freeway Ultra in a custom Jag style build


Verified Buyer

I installed the Freeway Ultra into a custom built Jag style guitar I have just completed. Positions 1,2 & 3 gives you the normal neck/both/bridge (much like a Jazzmaster) positions 4,5 & 6 gives you in series, in series out of phase and parallel out of phase, all for less switching options than on a normal Jag. If you use 2 volume controls and a tone control as I have, you get a Master Volume control, bridge Volume and Master Tone, in positions 4 and 5 the bridge volume works as a blend knob and gives you some really cool options, Freeway's website has a pretty comprehensive amount wiring diagrams to choose from. Great product and a cheap and very user friendly way of colouring the tone palette of your current guitar or your next custom build, love it!


Excellent Idea, Beautifully Executed.


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Just installed it in a 2011 Les Paul Studio (2-connector Burstbucker Pros), with new 500K-ohm pots and .047uF caps. Wired it according to the NSF-supplied scheme 16 (HH Phase Scheme 2V/2T). It's excellent. All three standard pickup settings (neck, bridge+neck, bridge) plus beautiful new tonal variations right at your switch: series in-phase, series out-of-phase, and parallel out-of-phase. I highly recommend it for any Les Paul. But do upgrade your pots to 500K-ohm, if they're lower than that, to bring back some of the high end to take best advantage of the extended tonal options. If you need to dive into the muddy sometimes, no worries, just be sure your caps are at least .047uF (or higher). You'll have plenty of room.

Note: The wiring diagrams from NSF are excellent and easy to follow, but there is one circumstance that is not covered in the instructions. If your pickups, like the BB Pros, have only 2 connectors, and one of those connectors is the ground running via the external braided shielding, then you'll need to isolate that shielding so that switch positions 4, 5, and 6 will function properly. (In the 2011 BB Pros, for example, the green wire at the Molex connector is soldered to the shield at some point along the lead...) Just cover the pickup leads, and shielding, end-to-end with heat-shrink tubing or electrical tape to keep the braid from touching anything else in the cavity, and you're in business.

StewMac PDF Catalog, page 55See Free-Way Ultra Switch
on page 55 of our StewMac Digital Catalog

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