I Had a gaggle of Ibanez guitars a while back, got out of them and I just picked up a project guitar, an SA1260 Prestige that's in need of rescuing. It's also going to be my test bed for a build I'm undertaking shortly. Has a "thick" S mahogany body, tilt back headstock with no locking nut which is similar to what I'm going to do with the build.
Anyway, it's an SSH configuration and the switch which was in the guitar was an Alpha with the 5P on the back side. Installed were Dimarzio HS-2, HS-3, and Evolution. I'm not so sure this is the stock switch that came with the guitar and my recollection, dealing with other S-series, was that it came with a switch branded Cor-Tek.
Now I have a few used switches lying around. Apparently, I don't throw anything away. I have a used Cor-Tek or three, some Alphas new and used as well as a YM-50 and and VLX91.
My intent is to use a Satch Track in the neck (humbucker) and a full-sized humbucker in the bridge, foregoing the middle pickup altogether (I never use them even in my strats).
Quite frankly, I could go with just a three way and not split or add weird combos. But what fun is that? If anything, I'd like to be able to split the neck in one of the positions. So the simplest setup to achieve that would be fantastic.
I'm thinking the following would be fine: split neck hum>full neck hum>combo of neck and bridge>some other combo I'm not thinking of>bridge hum. Or I could just have one switch position not do anything.
I can't really see the need to split the bridge pickup. I have numerous pickups for the bridge position to try out, some 2-wire, some 4-wire. For what I do, I just don't have the need.
And one caveat, I'm going with a solderless setup, modifying the switch to accept connectors. So the VLX-91 is out of the question and I HATE working on those switches anyway. Too much of a PITA to solder.
I'd really like to use the Alpha 5-way as the tabs coming off the top can be rotated to match the spread on my solderless connectors.
A few photos, ignore some of the added on solderless connectors.
The project guitar in question
The switch which came in the guitar. The only difference I see externally vs. some of the Alphas I have lying around is the circuit board is green on the one out of the Ibanez and the new ones I have have a blue circuit board.
Side by side with one of the new Alphas (top one) I had lying around:
Here's the "new" alpha showing how I can spread the tabs out and easily mate it up to a low profile row of modular connectors:
Here's a Cor-Tek I was using in an S Presige a few years ago:
I also have an old YM-50 but I'm not sure if it was in good working order or not when I pulled it. I think it was from a late 80's or early 90's 540S or S540, don't remember which.
All of them fit just fine, including the VLX (not pictured). But again, trying to keep it as simple as possible.