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 5-position, 4-pole

5-position, 4-pole

Item # 3512
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Rotary Switches 6-position, 2-pole

6-position, 2-pole

Item # 3511
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6 or more $8.91
Rotary Switches 6-position, 4-pole

6-position, 4-pole

Item # 3516
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6 or more $8.91
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5 and 6-position rotary switches for custom wiring, PRS guitars and Varitone circuits.

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.

Product Instructions

Wiring Kit for Paul Reed Smith

Wiring diagram for a guitar with Paul Reed Smith (PRS)-style electronics.

Ratings & Reviews

Rotary Switches

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No diagram ??????

By Kbf from LA
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, June 19, 2014

Quality switch; awesome actually: but Stewart Mac needs to make some diagrams available to customers to assist in wiring.

Rotary switches

By Reckomyson from Oz
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, March 12, 2014

These switches are compact and can perform quite complex switching and selecting tasks. They are a little tight when new and not sure how that will play out. Better tight than sloppy however.

Good switches

By alder from NJ USA
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, February 02, 2013

These are solid switches with generous solder tabs that are easy to work with. You can do some 3-pickup voodoo with the six-way, like getting the forbidden "Tele" setting, or funky series-parallel wiring.

rotary switch

By lefty's rule from duluth mn
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, July 03, 2012

good quality part just wish it had a schematic that came with it.had to search pretty hard to find one for the 6way 2pole switch but works grreat now.

great for my project !

By Chuck B. from Miami, FL
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, December 25, 2011

haven't wired it up yet. A good source of wiring options is Schatten's Advanced wiring projects, available from STEWMAC.

What a Switch!

By Hofner72 from Oro valley, AZ
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, October 08, 2011

I finally found the right switches that will fit in a small cavity. I needed these 4 pole 6 possition switches to do a special wiring on two humbuckers in a Les Paul Studio. It turned out great, so I bought one for my Tele, and used the same schematic, it came out perfect, and with different voicings than the Gibson. I know the difference is in the wood, design, and the pickups, but has your Guitar Switches, and they are the Only ones who did have it. Thanks Stewart McDonald!

Single-ganged switch fits in thin guitars like the SG.

By fret_man from Bartlett, IL
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, September 25, 2011

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"). .

Very quiet

By David S from Seattle, WA
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, September 12, 2011

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.

Great 3-humbucker switch!

By Hostager Luthier from Eau Claire, WI
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, August 10, 2011

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!

 5 position rotary

By guitar novice from Detroit, MI
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, July 11, 2011

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.

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