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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
  Item# Description In stock Price Quantity
3512 5-position, 4-pole Yes
6 or more $8.91  

3511 6-position, 2-pole Yes
6 or more $8.91  

3516 6-position, 4-pole Yes
6 or more $8.91  

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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.

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Rotary Switches
Rotary Switches
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5 4-17-2014
Good switch... but consider the extra work.

Well made, affordable, solid and good contacts and spacing. What may make its use debatable is that the original PRS is a switch/board combination that implements extra wiring for the pup combinations. To use this switch, you'd have to do the extra wiring following diagrams found here in StewMac and other places. That may not be for everybody, but considering the cost of the replacement PRS switch ( $70) and the poor reliability of the original - at least in my case - there may be a very good case to use this switch.

I. Martin  FL Read my reviews (2)
5 3-13-2014
Better Than Just a Three Way Switch

I prefer the five way switch in the rotary collection, although, I have used the six way, also. The five way makes it possible to have the same three positions that a regular three way switch offers, but the two additional positions can add series or parallel wiring without adding any additional switches, which also means that there are no additional holes to drill in the body of the guitar, in most cases. Fun to experiment with, to find a combination to your own liking.

Noone  Albuquerque, NM Read my reviews (6)
5 3-12-2014
Rotary switches

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.

Reckomyson  Oz Read my reviews (2)
5 2-02-2013
Good switches

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.

alder  NJ USA Read my reviews (17)
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5 7-03-2012
rotary switch

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.

lefty's rule  duluth mn Read my reviews (32)
5 5-23-2012
the best

this 6-position 4-pole rotary switch is the best i ever had.

Matze  Heidelberg
5 4-02-2012
Love it!

This fit in the 3 way switch cavity on my Gibson Les Paul. I built a custom 3 P90 Les Paul and wanted maximum options. This switch gave it to me. I have included the wiring schematic from Deaf Eddie for your 3 P90 project.

BillyHell  Nashville - Music City - Nashvegas Read my reviews (2)
5 12-25-2011
great for my project !

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

Chuck B.  Miami, FL Read my reviews (6)
3 11-23-2011
Nice switch, but won't fit some guitars

I've got a 4-pole 5-way switch to replace the 3-way toggle pickup selector in my PRS SE Custom.

Even if the switch is a nice one, I could not have it installed on my guitar. You'll either need to re-route the electrics cavity or relocate the tone control pot; but because the pot shaft is thinner than the toggle switch hole you may need to fill and re-drill the hole.

tvalenca  Brasília, DF - Brazil Read my reviews (2)
5 10-08-2011
What a Switch!

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!

Hofner72  Oro valley, AZ Read my reviews (4)
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