5-Way Switch for Ibanez HH - Jemsite
Tech: Setup, Repairs and Mods Guitar workbench discussion such as setup, repairs, mods, installing new parts and more.

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-18-2018, 12:03 PM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2018
Posts: 6
5-Way Switch for Ibanez HH

A friend dropped off an RGA121 for me to refret and do some general fixing. The pickup switch is really mangled, loose, and crackly so I'm thinking it needs to be replaced. However I have read in the past that Ibanez 5-way switches are not the standard kind, which is how they achieve this functionality:

1-neck series
2-neck parallel
3-neck in series, bridge in series, pickups in parallel
4-1 coil from each pickup in parallel
5-bridge series
(I can't post an image or link to the pickup switch functionality for some reason)

So I'm wondering, where can I get a replacement switch? And if possible, are there any switch options out there that are more mechanically durable than the stock switch? It reminds me of the type that would come in a MIM fender or a squier, not like a mechanical CRL or Switchcraft switch which I prefer to use.
davegardner0 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-18-2018, 12:31 PM
 
Join Date: Apr 2018
Posts: 547
It's called a superswitch, do a search on the bay and you'll find dozens, don't bother with the US stuff, it's not metric and won't fit properly.
sepulchrave is offline  
post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-18-2018, 06:22 PM
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Canberra, Australia
Posts: 9,171
Reviews: 120
Re: 5-Way Switch for Ibanez HH

Ibanez had switches made by Cortek for this specific function, they, re not the super switches. The model is 3PS1SC5 from memory
LonePhantom is offline  
post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-19-2018, 09:40 AM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2018
Posts: 6
Re: 5-Way Switch for Ibanez HH

Quote:
Originally Posted by LonePhantom View Post
Ibanez had switches made by Cortek for this specific function, they, re not the super switches. The model is 3PS1SC5 from memory

I think this is just what I need. I noticed the actual switch inside the guitar says "2502N", is that the same thing? A quick internet search seems to suggest yes but I'm unsure.
davegardner0 is offline  
post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-20-2018, 01:11 PM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2018
Posts: 6
Re: 5-Way Switch for Ibanez HH

Looks like the Stew-Mac Oak-Grigsby super switch will fit. I found a wiring diagram for it on youtube as well (can't post links?) so I'm going to go with that. Thanks for the help!
davegardner0 is offline  
post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-20-2018, 02:38 PM
 
Join Date: Apr 2018
Posts: 547
Quote:
Originally Posted by davegardner0 View Post
Looks like the Stew-Mac Oak-Grigsby super switch will fit. I found a wiring diagram for it on youtube as well (can't post links?) so I'm going to go with that. Thanks for the help!
The mounting hole centres won't match, they're not metric. I did mention this earlier.
sepulchrave is offline  
post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-21-2018, 09:43 PM
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Canberra, Australia
Posts: 9,171
Reviews: 120
Re: 5-Way Switch for Ibanez HH

Quote:
Originally Posted by davegardner0 View Post
I think this is just what I need. I noticed the actual switch inside the guitar says "2502N", is that the same thing? A quick internet search seems to suggest yes but I'm unsure.
Yes that's it from memory
LonePhantom is offline  
post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-22-2018, 05:05 PM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2018
Posts: 6
Quote:
Originally Posted by sepulchrave View Post
Quote:
Originally Posted by davegardner0 View Post
Looks like the Stew-Mac Oak-Grigsby super switch will fit. I found a wiring diagram for it on youtube as well (can't post links?) so I'm going to go with that. Thanks for the help!
The mounting hole centres won't match, they're not metric. I did mention this earlier.
I don't think that's true. I just double checked my measurement, the mounting holes centers are exactly 1 5/8" apart, which is exactly what Stew Mac says the switch is. I ordered it so we'll see when it arrives.
davegardner0 is offline  
post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-25-2018, 04:35 PM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2018
Posts: 6
Re: 5-Way Switch for Ibanez HH

Quote:
Originally Posted by sepulchrave View Post
The mounting hole centres won't match, they're not metric. I did mention this earlier.
Ok I received the Stew-Mac switch and I can confirm it fits perfectly into the RGA121. The mounting holes definitely line up and the switch (barely) fits into the control cavity depth-wise.
davegardner0 is offline  
post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-29-2018, 08:42 AM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2018
Posts: 6
Re: 5-Way Switch for Ibanez HH

I wired this up over the weekend using the Stew-Mac superswitch. Lots of connections on the switch! But it works well and now the guitar has a much better switching feel IMO.




Wiring Diagram I came up with (switch needs to be turned 180 degrees in the guitar fyi)
davegardner0 is offline  
Reply

Tags
rga121 , switch

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Jemsite forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address

IMPORTANT: You will be required to activate your account so please ensure that your email address is correct.

If you do not receive your activation check your spam folder before using the CONTACT US form (at the bottom right of each page).



Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Prestige Ibanez HH (RGT220) 5-way switch wiring help Octoberine All Other Guitars (including Prestige) 1 06-10-2017 01:16 PM
3 Way Switch vs 5 Way Switch Sean777 All Other Guitars (including Prestige) 6 07-23-2013 10:53 PM
Quesiton about corresponding ibanez 5 way switch diagrams for a fender 5 way switch GuitarEvan07 Tech: Setup, Repairs and Mods 0 06-19-2009 08:20 PM
HH Emgs with Ibanez Cor-Tek 5 way switch Bytrix Pickups & wiring 0 03-03-2009 04:27 AM
2 Humbucker HH and Ibanez 5 way switch Brando Clean Pickups & wiring 15 11-27-2007 02:30 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome