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FDP Forum / Guitar Mods, Repairs, and Projects / New 6-Way Strat Switch

Te 52

Laws of Physics

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Aug 3rd, 2019 01:14 PM   Edit   Profile  

Haven't seen any mention of this new (-ish) Oak-Grigsby part. Allows Neck+Bridge combination with no push-pulls or toggles. Requires lengthening pickguard slot at each end. Available from the usual sources.

No association, just FYI.

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Aug 3rd, 2019 03:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

From the interwebs:
"The typical slot length in a Fender pickguard is about 1 1/32", but this switch needs a slot measuring 1 1/4" (1 8/32") for trouble-free operation.
Okay, that’s not the end of the world, but because the 6-way switch isn’t a 1:1 drop-in replacement, you have to figure out how to lengthen the slot if you’re planning to install this new switch in your Strat. This would seem like a small task—and it really is, as long as you have the right tools. You need a very small and sharp rectangular file for this, and you’re unlikely to find this kind of file in your local Home Depot. Such files exist, but you’ll have to turn to a specialized tool shop to find one."

I'm sure that someone will come up with an alternate tool. Maybe taping a couple of hacksaw blades together?

It appears that this switch has been out there for a while.


6 way Strat switch article, Premier Guitar, April 2018

Te 52

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Aug 3rd, 2019 04:50 PM   Edit   Profile  

I think a bass nut slot file of appropriate width would do the job, at least on a plastic pickguard.

(This message was last edited by Te 52 at 06:54 PM, Aug 3rd, 2019)

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Aug 3rd, 2019 07:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

That is a great solution: a gauged nut slot file.

On a Strat's plastic pickguard it would work great.

On a steel Telecaster control plate--you'd ruin the file. Probably better to use a diamond wheel in a Dremel.


What It Was!

Fairly Unbalanced
Sep 18th, 2019 08:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

Cool! I have a strat wired to get that combination via a push/pull pot for the back tone knob.

Jazzmaster-y, you should hear it thru a Fender tank. Surfs up!

Mick Reid


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Sep 19th, 2019 12:08 AM   Edit   Profile  

It's great idea, but I'm not sure I'd like the bridge & neck combo at position 6 though.

I know you flip it so it was position 1, but don't know I'd like that either.

At least with my mini toggle I can be on either 1 or 5 and add the respective other pickup with one flick of the toggle.

Maybe I'm over-thinking it. I do that....

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a tractor
Sep 19th, 2019 03:31 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yeah, it kind of goes against the ingrained intuitiveness of how a 5-way switch works. But like Dolemite says, it is a very useful sound.

If you like the sound of the middle position on a typical Telecaster, that additional selection on a Strat just might be a thing for you.

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Sep 19th, 2019 03:11 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have my mind wrapped around the push-pull pot like bacon around a fillet.

I don’t want to screw with that.

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