The pickup switch selects which pickup's output will be
sent to the amp. Virtually all pickup selector switches
combine pickups in parallel rather than series. Series
connections between pickups are possible with a selector
switch, but they often require custom wiring.
3-way and 5-way lever switches
When Leo Fender designed the Telecaster®, he used a rather large lever switch that was commonly used in that era. The original 3-position lever switch has two poles. Fender used the same 3-way switch on the Stratocaster® up until around 1977, when the company realized that players had been catching the switch between positions to get two new sounds. Repairman such as Seymour Duncan filed two new stops into these 3-way switches making the first 5-way switches. After 1977, nearly all Fender Strats came with a 5-way toggle.
Except for the two additional stops, electrically
and mechanically there is no difference between
the 3 and 5-way lever switches. Refer to Diagram
#9 for the lug assignment of these simple but