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Free-Way Pickup Switch

Free-Way Pickup Switch

Free-Way Pickup Switch Nickel

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Item # 0055
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Free-Way Pickup Switch

About This Item

Now fits a Gibson® Les Paul® switch cavity without routing! This is an upgrade of the unique switch originally installed in the Jimmy Page Les Paul® Custom.

6-way guitar gearshift! It does the work of multiple standard switches: 2-pole, 6-position transverse toggle action broadens wiring options and tone possibilities. Great for coil-splitting, 3-pickup selection, piezo pickup activation, and humbucker / single-coil / humbucker switching.

Featuring
No-rout installation
Compact size can be used in most guitars
More wiring configurations
Improved switching feel
Space-saving gold-plated solder pad connections

Includes
Mounting nut with flat washer
Cream, black, and amber knobs

Dimensions 61/64" x 1-17/64" (24.13mm x 32.05mm)
Threaded portion 13/32" (10.39mm)
Threads M12 x 1.0
Required mounting hole diameter 1/2" (12.70mm)
Required body cavity depth 3/8" (9.52mm)


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    • Item #
    • Weight
    • 0055
    • 0.0420 lbs. (0.02 kg)
    • 0055-G
    • 0.0420 lbs. (0.02 kg)

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5.0

great switch, soldering is a bit tricky -- read my review for a tip

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this switch let me get the most out of my 3-pickup les paul with humbuckers at bridge and neck with a P90 in the middle. doesn't change the look of the guitar, and it's far easier to use than push/pull pots.

only issue is the soldering, with tiny flat tabs and no lugs or holes to anchor leads when soldering. my buddy showed me a tip: first put a small blob of solder on the tab, then heat the blob and insert the wire into the molten blob. he assured me the solder would not spill to adjacent tabs. once i knew that technique, it was straightforward and my trick wiring scheme worked at first attempt.

5.0

EVH Wolfgang Standard expanded possibilities

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I decided to try this 6 way toggle to replace the 3 way toggle on my Wolfgang Std because I didn’t want to remove the pickups to run wire for a push pull pot. The Freeway fits the switch cavity just fine. The soldering was a little challenging but I got it done and it’s working great! I’m surprised at the clarity of the single coil tones, especially the bridge. It’s actually getting close to Tele territory. Now I have the three original sounds and three single coil sounds. The Freeway switch appears to be well made and for me is an ideal solution to expand from a 3 way toggle.

5.0

Modding the ten-way switch for left-handed use

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This is a great, simple, replacement for a stock 5-way switch, but it's engineered for right-handed use. Fortunately, I found a simple way to make it suitable in a left-handed guitar too. As supplied, the switch comes with two cheese-head screws on the circuit board side, and two counter-sunk screws on the plated side. These are interchangeable, but just swapping them over makes a poor fit in a standard Strat control cavity. Counter-sinking the screws into the circuit board so the heads lie flush gives just enough room for a snug fit. After soldering the wires (from the inner side of the board) is completed, tidy up to keep the joints as flush as practicable. Cover the joints with a strip of insulating tape to avoid them shorting out on the body cavity shielding. Worked a charm for me.

5.0

Works great!

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Verified Buyer


I added this ago an SG cutom with three Humbuckers. The stock wiring with a three-way switch gave you: neck humbucker, middle and bridge humbuckers, and the bridge hum bucker. By adding this switch, I can now get: neck, neck and bridge, bridge, neck and middle, middle, and bridge and middle. If I add a push, pul pot, I could also get all three pickups at once. Just the switch for me now.

It was a little tricky to solder and right on the edge of my capabilities, but I got it to work. I finally got all the combinations I wanted out of this guitar! I'm happy.

4.0

Great tool for getting the most out of your two PU guitar

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Verified Buyer


This is a nice alternative to a pull-pot coil tap, as I only want to manage one switch for pickup selection and coil tap when playing. There are dozens of options for wiring the switch, so I had to do a bit of homework to decide which variation I wanted to execute.

Soldering requires a moderate level of experience, so if you’re a novice, I would leave this to a professional or an advanced amateur to help you with.

Once installed, it takes some getting used to, but it’s well worth the effort.

4.0

Not for beginners

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Verified Buyer


This is a high-quality switch that adds lots of options to wiring your instrument. It is not, however, for someone without a good deal of soldering experience. The pads are separated much less that 1/32- one needs a good, fine-pointed, hot, iron with a steady hand- best to try it when you are rested, not at the end of the day. I have since learned that Freeway makes the switch with leads pre-soldered- maybe StewMac could look into stocking that. I did have some problems (not the switches fault) and as usual Tech Support was super. Another plus is that this switch will fit into a very slim body, giving more options for custom builders.

5.0

Quality Part

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Verified Buyer


The company that builds these was very responsive when I asked for a wiring diagram for my project. I've done the switch wiring but not installed into the guitar yet. By switch wiring, I mean different soldering pads may need to be connected to get the switch to do what you need. It was helpful to poke a hole in a box to hold the switch in a stable position with the bottom surface facing up.

5.0

Ideal fit for the guitar

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Verified Buyer


My husband had stripped his 1960's Prestige guitar down to it's beautiful original wood. He researched several places and could not find a pickup switch to fit inside the space provided. It was not deep enough for all the switches we could find. StewMax had a switch that was flat instead of tall. This was ideal for what he was wanting to do. The guitar is back together and finished. It turned out beautiful. Thank you StewMax.

5.0

original freeway replacement

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This replaced an original 3-02 switch. The design is upgraded and easy to solder. Diagrams are fairly easy to find online

4.0

If you can wire it, you'll never take it out!

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Verified Buyer


Pros: Gives you up to 6 switching configurations in one simple switch; Becomes second nature to switch to your custom wiring; No color added to your tone
Cons: Contacts must be soldered with care; Switch cap doesn't lock onto the shaft

If you need custom wiring in one simple switch, look no further! Take care in soldering the points and you'll have a Swiss Army Knife of tone with as little as one pickup.

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