Metric Toggle Switch

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A chrome-plated double-pole 3-way switch, popular in guitars made outside the USA. Fits 2-pickup guitars.

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Metric Toggle Switch Chrome


Item # 1217
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Metric Toggle Switch Gold


Item # 1217-G
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3 or more $12.98
6 or more $11.81
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A chrome-plated double-pole 3-way switch, popular in guitars made outside the USA. Fits 2-pickup guitars.

Each switch includes

  • Black and cream plastic knob
  • Knurled mounting nut
  • Flat washer
  • Wiring diagram

Straight toggle switch dimensions
Thread M12 x 1.0
Threaded portion 5/16" (7.94mm)
Required mounting hole diameter 1/2" (12.70mm)
Required body cavity depth 15/16" (23.81mm)

Product Instructions

Metric 3-way Toggle Switch

Installation and wiring instructions for the 3-way Toggle Switch.

Ratings & Reviews

Metric Toggle Switch

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Almost a great switch, still a good buy regardless...

By George Casiano from Corona, CA
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, January 05, 2012

If you've read the other reviews you'd notice most complaints are regarding the switch mechanism returns to the middle position too easy and doesn't hold well. After installation I noticed the same but with some rigorous shaking of my guitar in the neck or bridge position it did not return to center. It may not be a stiff switch but it wont return to center from slapping the strings or shaking the guitar.

The tip went on crooked however the threads were correct on the actual switch. The plastic tip just wasn't an ideal fit but if you crank it as tight as possible (with fingers!) the tip straightens out and it sits well. There may be better switches out there but this one works just fine.

Switch wants to center way too easily

By TomL from Sydney,Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, November 15, 2011

I have too agree with the other reviewers who don't like the annoying tendency to return to the centre position too easily.I tried bending the contacts to fix problem but was only partly successful.The threaded portion is too short for my Les Paul.I can't get the plastic "Treble/Rhythm" placard back on.I think I may go back to the original switch.Good looking unit in gold but problematic.


By A. Lucas from Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, October 31, 2011

Good switch, excellent quality. My only complaint is that the switch flips back to the center position far too easily - it makes placement of the switch anywhere near the bridge pickup impractical since it is also tall enough to hit with your hand, so I will most likely end up switching it for a switch which is a little stiffer.

If I had my time again I would buy another

By Zac M. from SA, Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, October 22, 2011

The construction of the switch is solid. Everything was in it's right place but the switch likes to bump back into the middle position. This is good if you like it there but otherwise it's just a pain. Luckily I've placed my switch away from where it would be easily bumped...

Gold switch

By Nissan Hayun from Israel
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The switch is good but why not selling it with a gold knob?

I¦ve bought before!!!

By Tufoeffect from Rio Claro - SP - Brazil
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, August 12, 2011

And i bought again because is very good switch!!!

Pass on this one

By Robert J from Rockledge, FL
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The price is right but that's about it. As with many other reviewers, this switch jumps to the middle position at the slightest bump. I had to buy from a different dealer and eat the loss on this one.

Three Way Nightmare

By Randy Wood from Cullman, Alabama
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, June 09, 2011

Good quality except returns to center with the slightest touch. This was the third one of different makers with the same problem including Gibson OEM, so I guess that you just can't get a good LP switch any more.

But at least this one was the best of the three.

As usual StewMac's prompt customer service and shipping was Outstanding

epiphone 3 way sw

By fixer1000 from milltown,nj
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, May 18, 2011

This was the exact replacement switch for this knock-off Les Paul. Why would you spend anything more for a guitar like this? Although if it's the only thing you order, the shipping makes it a little pricey.

Toggle switch

By resoamp from Beechworth Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, May 02, 2011

Not a lot for a three way toggle switch to do. But it has to do it well.....and quietly. This switch has a comforting notch in the middle position, but moves easily to front or rear position with a light touch. Wiring it up is easy. 2 HB 1 Vol 1 Tone, anyway. That's enough knobs for me.

Plenty of diagrams available on the web for whatever you need. Strong, solid and reliable....and you get two switch black, one white! Complete with heavy duty knurled fastening ring. Looks very much like the Gibson switch. Bargain!

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