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Free-Way 5-Way/10-Position Pickup Switch

Free-Way 5-Way/10-Position Pickup Switch

Free-Way 5-Way/10-Position Pickup Switch

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Free-Way 5-Way/10-Position Pickup Switch

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Unlimited new tones for your guitar!
Finally! A simple solution to get more options out of your pickups, without drilling holes, installing new switches, or adding push-pull pots. Don't change the look and feel of your guitar when you can get more options with one simple upgrade.

This Free-Way 5-Way/10-Position switch takes the conventional Strat-Style 5-way switch so much further. This unique switch opens new tones and wiring options without permanent modification to your guitar.

No ugly new holes, countless new options
Designed to replace a conventional 5-way switch, it works like two 5-way switches side-by-side. While the Super Switch and Megaswitch allow for more custom wiring then traditional 5-way switches, this is the only model that will allow you easy access to 10 pickup combinations, coil tapping and splitting instantly from the same switch.

With one knob, you can click between each pickup selection in a flash. The feel of the switch is not changed—it feels just like the switch you are used to.

And—you can finally get your neck and bridge pickup together without sacrificing another pickup option. Finally get that middle position Tele® sound from your Strat® and get the fat Gibson® Les Paul® sound from your HSH guitar.

Professional quality for a lifetime of use
Free-Way switches are made in England with top quality components so they'll keep working gig after gig, year after year. The solder pads are gold-plated, the switch housing is stainless steel.

And it even includes two knobs! One white and one black to get the right look.

The switch easily replaces conventional 5-way switches.

Unlock the tone of all three of your pickups!

    Specifications
  • Body cavity depth required: 1-11/32" (34mm)
  • Mounting screw spacing: 1-5/8" (41.28mm)
  • Lever stem: .050" x .190" (1.27mm x 4.82mm)
  • Pickguard slot required: 1/16" x 1-1/16" (1.59mm x 26.99mm) (for the lever)


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    • 0.100 lbs. (0.05 kg)

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5.0

Turned my Strat into an-all-purpose guitar

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Amazing variety of sounds, got that fat humbucker tone now, even a roundish jazzy sound, it's a little strange playing a Strat with those sounds coming out but pretty amazing.

5.0

The Essential Upgrade

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This switch is extremely well built and very easy to install. The wiring diagrams are easily found online and it offers the elusive 3 pickup at a time combinations that would require a lot of modification and knowledge of rewiring the Stratocaster.

I love it. I've installed it in one of my builds and am installing it in a second one as well.

This should be standard on a strat.

5.0

Great way to double your Strat tones!

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I saw this at the 2020 NAMM show, spoke to the rep from NSF who make this switch in the UK, and immediately came to Stewmac and ordered one and I'm glad I did. The switch is nicely built, labeled and very sturdy. Installation was a breeze following the schematic provided on the NSF website. The five new tones are totally usable and I look forward to exploring my Strat's new tones.

5.0

Awesome new sounds, easy drop-in install

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Verified Buyer


Bought this as an upgrade for a Squier Bullet Strat, fits in place of the stock switch with no modifications needed for the pickguard or body. Wiring this switch is not like wiring a standard Strat switch so I would definitely recommend download the provided wiring diagrams. Build quality of the switch is excellent, and operation of the switch has a good solid feel.

While you can still get the normal pickup selections of the standard Strat 5 way switch, the extra 5 positions are where I think the Free-Way switch shines. Being able to play through the neck and bridge pickups or all three pickups at the same time without having to do complicated wiring modifications is well worth the extra cost of this switch alone.

5.0

Very high quality switch. Easy to use

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Verified Buyer


The switch fit directly into the cut out of the pick guard of my Indonesian Squire Strat. The soldering lugs were great and very easy to use you just push the wire through the hole bend it a little bit put a drop of solder and you’re done. The tones are very useful. I didn’t think so at first because some of the tones don’t sound so good on a clean sound but they do help cut through with a distorted sound. My guitar is the HSS configuration. Now with a switch in the away position I have a good Strat tone With all three single coils. With the switch in the up position I have a very good humbucker tone for the bridge pick up and a good humbucker tone in the way the switch combines the neck and middle pick ups. At the same time that I installed the switch I completely shielded the cavity with copper tape and replaced the pick ups with the stew Mac golden age set. The pick up sound great but that’s a different product.

Some of the series and parallel combinations on the up position of the switch sound a little off with a clean tone. All three pickups in parallel is a nice sound with clean or distortion. However if you use a distorted tone like a Marshall stack the series and parallel pick up combinations cut through with a mid range bite like a classic rock solo sound.

The switch is built like a tank. You can rock the switch back-and-forth to any position and it feels like it will last for thousands and thousands of duty cycles. The sound never cuts out or glitches when you’re doing this it just smoothly switches between all the different pick up combinations.

So while it is somewhat expensive for a switch you get at least three valuable new tones by giving humbucker tones to the single coil pickups.

Also with the combination of the switch, the shielding and the new pick ups the guitar is virtually silent when it is not being played. Very little hum or buzz.

The switch is going to be a must-have for any stratocaster style guitar that I get in the future.

5.0

Well worth the cost and effort for an HSS guitar

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Verified Buyer


This was a simple install. I've now done away with a push/push to split my JB humbucker in the bridge position.

The ten positions on this switch are truly musical and useful.

I don't have a neck humbucker, but if I throw it into position 5 in series, I get the neck and middle together, with extra serial humbucker fatness and volume. I've got two Kinman Avn 62s in the neck and middle, and they sound amazing in all of the serial and parallel combinations I now have at my fingertips.

It's not a cheap switch, but the tonal options I've got now make my guitar really versatile.

I would highly recommend this.

5.0

10 Way Switch. Wow!

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Verified Buyer


Alright, the whole thing was more complicated than just wiring it in. I have switching pots to throw my humbuckers into series or parallel with themselves and another switching pot to pull in my bridge pickup in any position. Also have two different tone capacitors which are active in any position. If the instructions that you can download from Stewmac were not as good as they were, I might have been in trouble. There were 4 different schematics for this one switch! I picked one because it will let me put my pickups in series which I have always wanted. I think I am getting about all the variety I can out of three pickups! Except I may do a phase switch some time.
But I really like the sound of the series. With all three, it is twangy and more midrange. With the neck and the middle pickups in series it is softer and jazzier. I figured I would be messing with it for a while before working the new tones into my playing but I already am. Evidently the switch is really good stuff because I am not a great wiring technician but it all went well first try. Yay!