modify 5 way switch

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Robert Smallwood
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modify 5 way switch

Post by Robert Smallwood »

I have a 5 way 4 pole switch which I want to use elsewhere in a two pickup + dummy coil set up. eg I have the Blueshawk wiring....BUT that would leave 2 positions redundant or not used.

So is there a backwards conversion to turn a 5 way switch to a 3 way switch as per the original strat?

Or - can i buy a 4 pole 3 throw switch anywhere?


David King
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Re: modify 5 way switch

Post by David King »

Both options are probably possible but the 3 throw, 4 pole switch won't be a CRL style blade switch.
You'd need to cannibalize a 3 way switch of the same exact style to get the mechanical elements you'd need. You shouldn't need to alter the electrical elements since the 2 and 4 positions simply wouldn't be connected at all.
My best guess is that you'll soon give this whole idea up as supremely impractical and find something useful to do with positions 2 and 4.

Jason Rodgers
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Re: modify 5 way switch

Post by Jason Rodgers »

You'd be surprised how many options you could find for those two extra positions. This site kinda blows my mind ... grams/home
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