PRS 5 way switch help needed

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  1. rob mcfee

    rob mcfee New Member

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    Hi. I am new here and was hoping some more experienced folk could help me with a question about the 5 way switch that PRS use.
    This guitar is a Dustie Waring CE 24 and I need to change the wiring for a friend. But is this switch the same as the "Mega Switches" I see in Ibanez for example? It appears to have less solder tabs but maybe I don't know what I'm looking at.
    It has 52027 on the side and in smaller #s 1808. Thanks!
     
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    garrett knows just enough to be dangerous

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    It's basically a super switch, but it's 2-pole and you only get one lug per side for positions 1 and 5:

    On each side you have:

    Common
    1
    2
    3
    4

    2
    3
    4
    5
     
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    rob mcfee New Member

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    Thanks very much for that answer. The PRS and the Super Switch (such as the Fender packaged type) would not be totally interchangeable then?
     
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    garrett knows just enough to be dangerous

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    Interchangeable in what sense? Depends on what you want to do.
     
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    rob mcfee New Member

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    I am just assuming that having less solder points would mean that there would be less options, in general. But I'm just starting to figure this stuff out!
     
  6. garrett

    garrett knows just enough to be dangerous

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    Correct!

    A super switch is like this:
    Pole 1 / Pole 2
    C 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 C
    Pole 3 / Pole 4
    C 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 C

    The PRS switch is:
    Pole 1
    C 1 2 3 4 2 3 4 5
    Pole 2
    C 1 2 3 4 2 3 4 5

    The super switch gives you a ton of options. The PRS switch is custom designed to give variations on which pickups are active/tapped in positions 2-4.
     
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    Ok I see. Thanks so much for the info.
     

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