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FDP Forum / Guitar Mods, Repairs, and Projects / 6- way switch

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Edmond, OK

Feb 16th, 2018 08:13 AM   Edit   Profile  

Saw in a mag that Oak Grigsby has a 6 way switch. It was in a UK mag. Don 't know when or if it'll came to US.


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Feb 16th, 2018 09:07 AM   Edit   Profile  


has it in stock.

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NW Pennsylvania

Feb 18th, 2018 07:35 AM   Edit   Profile  

Oak Grigsby was bought out by Electroswitch.

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Feb 18th, 2018 09:47 AM   Edit   Profile  

Now that we know that they're available, what do we do with them?

None of the links have a schematic.

A quick browsing of the internet turns up these items.

1) It doesn't appear to be a drop in replacement.

"I was excited when I first saw this switch, finally able to have both the bridge and neck pickups on without an extra switch or blend pot. One problem, it's not a drop in switch: the throw on the lever is quite a bit longer so you have to increase the length of the slot in the pickguard. Typical slot length in a Strat pickguard is about 1-1/32", this switch needs 1-1/4". Not the end of the world, but some will not want modify their guitars. It would be nice if they would redesign the switch to shorten the throw, but I understand that they are using existing parts. It would also be nice if the sellers would warn their customers that this switch requires modifications...."

2) Schematic?
"So, no data sheet, and a bit of a mystery as to the switching, but it appears to be shorting the in-between positions. According to the only review of the thing at Allparts, the lever is a bit longer than a regular Strat 5-way, so the slot for the lever needs to be modified slightly for it to fit."
"There is something peculiar about this switch. On a Strat 5-way you have 3 lugs for throws. And two in-between positions. With 4 lugs for throws, one would expect 3 in-between positions. That would be a total of 7 positions. Yet this is a '6-way'.
Looking closely at the pic, the lever is slightly to the right of center. And the commutator is in an in-between position for the middle two throws. I would guess as the lever is pushed fully left, only the last throw would be connected. And if the lever is pushed fully right, the commutator would be in the in-between position for the first two throws.
Just guessing here.
This doesn't seem like it would be a switch of choice for a hum-sing.
But it would be a natural for a SSS with the normal 5 selections plus B+N."

More to these comments continued at:

6 way switch discussion at Guitarnuts2



Why do I keep fixing things that work?
Feb 18th, 2018 10:58 AM   Edit   Profile  

The GuitarNutz site has a great discussion going on about this switch and a couple of people did good diagrams of the wiring schematics and routing capabilities. I think it would be cool to have one of these but would require a bit of getting used to because we are used to a five way switch and this switch would require good firm indents to assure that the user can change positions without having to look at your guitar. It may become intuitive after a while, but it is exciting to have this available!
To add to this discussion, the website is also talking about another schematic that addresses the topic of adding humbucker splitting and even the thought of adding volume pots with dedicated pickup sets and other routing capabilities. I think it would be worth anyone's time to keep tabs on their discussion to learn what is discovered from their experimentation!
Thanks for posting this topic, as this switch adds a lot of exciting capabilities to WE guitar players without a lot of other physical mods needed to our instruments.


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Wood, magnetic coil and strings.
Feb 19th, 2018 07:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

One thing is that it will eliminate all those Ritchie Blackmore clones and players who consistently slap their p/u switches to change tones while still on the same lick. The show irritates me to no end (considering the neck and bridge selection is at the 6th position).

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