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    Fender Strat pickup history question. . .

    What is the history of the phasing of Stratocaster pickups? North up on all 3 pickups to '59? South up on all 3 pickups '60 - '64? CBS onward, RWRP S-N-S?

    Input on the phasing history from those that have spent some time on this would be much appreciated.
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    No rw/rp at all . They never introduced a 5 way switch till 1978 & then still didn't use rw/rp .... after 1960 i thought the poles stayed south.
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    Quote Originally Posted by copperheadroads View Post
    They never introduced a 5 way switch till 1978 & then still didn't use rw/rp ....
    And this is the reason they finally got around to it... I think.
    Back then, you had to use a guitar pick, match book or tape to hold the switch in the "in between" positions.

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    Back in the old days, we used to take the spring out of the std Strat 3-way so it would get the in-between sound. Sometimes we would even put extra notches in the detent plate. Then Fender finally introduced the 5-Way and we ended up doing a lot of switch swapping.
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    And rather conversely, I've retrofitted 3-way switches to factory 5-way guitars for a few customers who think the 5-way destroys the purity of the original design and who never use position 2 and 4.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mick Bailey View Post
    And rather conversely, I've retrofitted 3-way switches to factory 5-way guitars for a few customers who think the 5-way destroys the purity of the original design and who never use position 2 and 4.
    Never use the 2 & 4 position!!!??? Isn't that like buying a Ferrari and only driving it in the parking lot!!! LOL

    Mick, I do know what you mean... guitarists are a picky bunch, and what one likes, the other hates. Good point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mick Bailey View Post
    never use position 2 and 4.
    here's your sign !!!
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