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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Stratocasters / Genuine nos vintage pickup selector switches?

Maulden7
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Feb 20th, 2018 09:32 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I know that the 3 way selector switch was used from the start of production until circa 1977 when the 5 way alternative was introduced.
But .... was the same actual switch used throughout this early period, or was a different one used around 1967/68?
I have one nos switch marked CRL1432, & a second one marked 499956MLRMX (which is supposedly from the 1967/68 period only)
Thanks for any advice.

Peegoo
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armadillos
Feb 20th, 2018 11:29 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

There were several versions (CRL, Oak Grigsby, etc.) of the three-way switch used throughout the Strat's and Tele's production through the 1970s.

The biggest visual difference between them is the color and thickness of the phenolic wafer riveted to the stamped steel switch frame.

Leo was a bit of a cheapskate, and if he could get a better deal on an identical-spec switch compared to what he was currently using--that's what he brought in. He rarely bought junk though; most of the components and hardware brought in were very good quality.

Maulden7
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Mar 8th, 2018 03:48 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

As an update, I now have what I think is a genuine nos late 60's (1967/8?) 3-way switch as fitted by Fender.

The number stamped on the frame is 017053.

No makers name anywhere, but it is clearly the same manufacturer who supplied the 5-way switch from circa 1977 on.

Any thoughts?

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Mar 13th, 2018 12:09 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

A.R Duchossoir's book The Fender Stratocaster has a pic of a three-way switch with 017053 installed in a 1967 Strat.

Looks like your switch is the real deal. Hope you didn't pay too much for it!

Maulden7
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Mar 14th, 2018 03:38 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks Peegoo - there's a bit of a story behind how I came by the switch (don't worry .... I won't bore you with it!!) but no, not a lot (if I ignore the now crappy exchange rate - thanks "Brexit"!)

It was posted as a "68" switch, but I had read somewhere about Fender using a different part from 67 through 68, so it seems like my recollection could well have been accurate (bought as a spare for my 67 CAR Strat)

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