PRS Switching: Blade vs Toggle vs Rotary

Which do you prefer?

  • Blade

    Votes: 4 13.3%
  • Toggle

    Votes: 24 80.0%
  • Rotary

    Votes: 2 6.7%

  • Total voters
    30

frankencat

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Which switching system do you prefer? I have always preferred the 3-way toggle switch setup on my CU22s and CU24s and I don’t really like the bade switch on them. The old rotary switch, meh, never liked that one really either but it does have some cool settings. How about you guys?
 
I really like the #2 sound on the rotary switch (two slug single coils in parallel). Nice for chords and "Rainy Night In Georgia" kind of guitar. It's the setting next to #1, the neck humbucker alone.

I also use the #3 sound on the rotary switch - one screw coil and one slug coil from each pickup in series to create the sound of a middle humbucker.

Don't care for the #4 setting: two screw coils in single coil mode. It's weak compared to the #2 setting.

On a two humbucker guitar I prefer a 3 way toggle with a push pull switch on the tone control for coil splitting.

It would split both pickups at once, because it's two switches. And i do the partial split using resistors.

But I love the middle setting on the rotary switch of my '97 CE22 w/Dragon1's and I can't get that sound on my guitars that don't have the rotary switch.

It's the sound of the screw coil of one pickup and the slug coil of the other combined in series to create the sound of a MIDDLE HUMBUCKING PICKUP that isn't there.

But it's a great sound.
 
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3-way toggle all the way. Just converted my old rotary to 3-way this past week, to be consistent with my other PRS guitars.

5-way blade would be fine if PRS would relocate it to somewhere that it’s not obscured by the trem - see Exhibit A:

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3-way toggle all the way. Just converted my old rotary to 3-way this past week, to be consistent with my other PRS guitars.

5-way blade would be fine if PRS would relocate it to somewhere that it’s not obscured by the trem - see Exhibit A:

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That is my issue as well, it's hard to get to and having that toggle at the end was so easy to just "smack" in the heat of battle :)
 
If I had to pick a favorite switch it would be my 6 way Freeway switch I have in my SCT.
That said I like all the different sounds of all the different switching systems.
 
2 pickups = toggle
3 pickups = blade (personally I can only deal with blade in the typical Strat location)

Overall I really prefer toggle on the horn for the access and visual feedback.
 
Lmao...looks like I'm an outlier by voting for Rotary.
Tbh, I really couldn't care less as long as they work as I'm only playing for my own amusement these days so don't have to worry about on stage speed changing.
Don't you find with the Rotary that you always switch past where you want to go, just to get a frame of reference, and then switch back to the position you actually wanted to land up on?
 
Don't you find with the Rotary that you always switch past where you want to go, just to get a frame of reference, and then switch back to the position you actually wanted to land up on?
That's a great question and the answer is probably yes most of the time.
But then I've never been renowned for being sensible.
I like the feel and action of the rotary.
And as I said I don't truly worry about the rolling past and then back again in my situation.

If I was on stage it would likely change to being a toggle on a single cut so it's in the "right" place.
 
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