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Dan-d-1985
04-30-2012, 04:48 AM
So whenever I get a new PRS, I switch out the rotary. It's crazy I know but when on stage, unless i'm staring at the switch, I can't tell where I am cause I'm stupid...

So I always install a 3 way toggle and push/push tone pot. I don't always use split positions but will happily fly through bridge/mid/neck all the time. I'm very close to switching out the 5-way blade switch in mu cu24 with a 3-way blade and push/push the tone there too.

So I ask you all guys: what switching method do you prefer?

EDIT: Plus I just wanted to launch a poll (maybe the first on the forum?)

themike
04-30-2012, 09:10 AM
I love the rotary in the studio, but its difficult to use in any sort of fast paced music unless you go from 1 to 5 without any in betweens haha

Spikedog007
04-30-2012, 10:45 AM
Haven't tried the 5 way blade yet, but I have problems switching the 5 way rotary while playing. The 3 way toggle in my Al D works great and is very usable but I don't use the coil taps much with the push pull tone knob. I would rather have another toggle to tap them.

markie
04-30-2012, 11:45 AM
3 way for me............

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04-30-2012, 11:46 AM
I like the Siggy switching best: 3-way toggle with mini toggles for splitting each pup.

vchizzle
04-30-2012, 12:24 PM
I love the rotary in the studio, but its difficult to use in any sort of fast paced music unless you go from 1 to 5 without any in betweens haha
This was always my issue with the rotary, I had problems effectively using it live. I use the 3 way/pp system in all my guitars. I don't tap a lot though. I think I could get used to the blade easy enough, but I don't love the way it looks either - never been a fan of much of anything strat like...but I don't hate it either.

Faded
04-30-2012, 12:26 PM
I prefer the 3-way toggle. It's the easiest and most familiar setup on stage when the adrenaline is going and the lights are bright...

ArtG
04-30-2012, 12:53 PM
As a long time (ehm...) other brand gtrs in singlecut shape user I voted 3 way toggle.
Simply a matter of habit.

dmatthews
04-30-2012, 01:12 PM
I voted 5 way blade.
That being said it's only because there was no 3 way blade plus coil split choice ala Mira.

tdarian
04-30-2012, 01:27 PM
Like the 3 way, but would rather have split coils accessed with mini toggles like on the Sig. Wish there was a spearate volume for both pickups.

Chip
04-30-2012, 01:52 PM
5-way blade

Best move PRS made switching from the rotary to the blade. (this is where :dude: would be if we had that option)

Danerada
04-30-2012, 01:59 PM
I like the Siggy switching best: 3-way toggle with mini toggles for splitting each pup.

+1 here. I always used just the 3-way toggle no splitting until I played one of Markie's Siggs....the pup selecting ont hem is great, of course the pups them selves make the actual switching all worth while....

The Ratchet
04-30-2012, 02:44 PM
I went with the 3-way. I WANT to like the blade, however whatever switch PRS decided to go with feels way too clunky and 'mil spec ' to me. Like something that would be more suited to a piece of studio gear (Shadow Hills comes to mind) or on the launch control panel for a missile lol.

GroovyTubes
04-30-2012, 04:33 PM
I went with 3 way. I tried liking the rotary but just couldn't get into it. It's just too difficult to be precise (while being fast) in a live gig situation.

sergiodeblanc
04-30-2012, 05:41 PM
Rotary. Could just be Stockholm syndrome though.

Bjørn M
04-30-2012, 05:55 PM
I said 3-way, but frankly the One is the only one that does not confuse me

AaeCee
04-30-2012, 06:47 PM
I know I'm in the minority, but darn it, if I said anything other than the 5-way rotary I'd be lying! Maybe it's primarily because those I've owned with it have sounded so good, but I love that quirky, sometimes difficult to grab, often hard to detect current position, strangely numbered, potentially frustrating............switch.

sergiodeblanc
05-01-2012, 02:41 AM
I know I'm in the minority, but darn it, if I said anything other than the 5-way rotary I'd be lying! Maybe it's primarily because those I've owned with it have sounded so good, but I love that quirky, sometimes difficult to grab, often hard to detect current position, strangely numbered, potentially frustrating............switch.

Ha! Well put. :D

LSchefman
05-01-2012, 09:42 AM
I voted 5 way blade. Having one dedicated control for all pickup switching/coil tapping works well for me. Also, the blade is a more practical solution than the rotary, since you don't grab the wrong knob, and you can easily feel where you are.

The one on my guitar feels very smooth and high-quality.

I like the 3-way setup on the SC models. A pull-up knob has always been a source of frustration, hard to grab onto and somewhat fiddly under my fingers (others seem to have no problem with this, so that's probably a personal dexterity issue).

Dirty Bob
05-01-2012, 10:03 PM
I actually love the rotary quite a bit..it's what I was most comfortable playing until recently...used em for most of the 90's and 00's but since have moved more toward 3way push/pull....still really miss the 9 position though...Haven't swapped em all out and don't intend too...prefer the rotary with original dragons in particular.

Dan-d-1985
05-02-2012, 04:33 AM
I voted 5 way blade. Having one dedicated control for all pickup switching/coil tapping works well for me. Also, the blade is a more practical solution than the rotary, since you don't grab the wrong knob, and you can easily feel where you are.

The one on my guitar feels very smooth and high-quality.

I like the 3-way setup on the SC models. A pull-up knob has always been a source of frustration, hard to grab onto and somewhat fiddly under my fingers (others seem to have no problem with this, so that's probably a personal dexterity issue).

I've moved to using CTS push/push pots from crazyparts.de Much nicer on the fly tapping and I don't need to try and grab, I just bump the pot with the heel of my hand. Much nicer.

JoarE
05-02-2012, 07:28 AM
Voted 5-way blade. Quicker than the rotary, but more options readily available than the 3-way. But I still need a push/pull (or rather push/push) for more options...

Dan-d-1985
05-02-2012, 07:33 AM
Voted 5-way blade. Quicker than the rotary, but more options readily available than the 3-way. But I still need a push/pull (or rather push/push) for more options...

I'd be surprised if you didn't Joar :lol:

LSchefman
05-02-2012, 11:39 AM
I voted 5 way blade. Having one dedicated control for all pickup switching/coil tapping works well for me. Also, the blade is a more practical solution than the rotary, since you don't grab the wrong knob, and you can easily feel where you are.

The one on my guitar feels very smooth and high-quality.

I like the 3-way setup on the SC models. A pull-up knob has always been a source of frustration, hard to grab onto and somewhat fiddly under my fingers (others seem to have no problem with this, so that's probably a personal dexterity issue).

I've moved to using CTS push/push pots from crazyparts.de Much nicer on the fly tapping and I don't need to try and grab, I just bump the pot with the heel of my hand. Much nicer.

Yeah, that is a lot easier than the pull-up, but I do like having everything on one switch. Have you had any push-push pots fail? I've heard they're prone to that problem.

ArtG
05-02-2012, 12:24 PM
Voted 5-way blade. Quicker than the rotary, but more options readily available than the 3-way. But I still need a push/pull (or rather push/push) for more options...
And a couple of mini switches ;) :D

JoarE
05-02-2012, 04:01 PM
Voted 5-way blade. Quicker than the rotary, but more options readily available than the 3-way. But I still need a push/pull (or rather push/push) for more options...
And a couple of mini switches ;) :D
Nah, I like to keep the original look of the controls. Just add something under the hood. :)

Dan-d-1985
05-02-2012, 06:17 PM
Yeah, that is a lot easier than the pull-up, but I do like having everything on one switch. Have you had any push-push pots fail? I've heard they're prone to that problem.

I've not had a problem with the push/push's myself and these CTS's seem pretty sturdy. I've had more issues with push/pulls.

As always with these things, one bad batch could ruin your experiences so YMMV.

clcwarlock
05-03-2012, 11:30 AM
I know I'm in the minority, but darn it, if I said anything other than the 5-way rotary I'd be lying! Maybe it's primarily because those I've owned with it have sounded so good, but I love that quirky, sometimes difficult to grab, often hard to detect current position, strangely numbered, potentially frustrating............switch.
5 way rotary for me also. :D

LSchefman
05-03-2012, 09:00 PM
No doubt, the 5-way is a classy look, and really harmonizes with the styling of the guitars. I can understand why PRS chose it, and it's probably less susceptible to environmental contamination (smoke, dirt, liquids) than the 5 way blade.

Still, sometimes simple and functional works really well, and for this it's kind of hard to beat a blade switch. But it's interesting to read all of the opinions.

If I were Paul Smith reading this, I'd be thinking, "No matter what we do, we're only going to please a fraction of the customers, so let's just do what we think works best, or put different things on different models and hope that works."

Proxmax
05-04-2012, 05:12 PM
3-way Toggle & Push/Pull for me!