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NSF "Freeway" - 6 position switch
NSF "Freeway" - 6 position switch

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When you first play a guitar with a Free-Way Switch, you might not even realise it is there - the guitar doesn't look any different and the pickup selector feels just like a normal 3-way toggle giving Neck/Both/Bridge selections.

It's only when you realise that the Free-Way Switch also moves into another three forward positions that you understand what the Free-Way is all about

A whole new dimension in natural tone - coil tap; phase; piezo; series; parallel... you decide! Fast, intuitive switching - all in one familiar place so it's easy to understand and use. Classic looks – completely maintains the authentic design, appearance and condition of any guitar.

About Free-way

The Free-Way Switch was first used on stage in December 2007 during Led Zeppelin's Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert where the new Gibson® Jimmy Page Les Paul® Custom was featured during an unbelievable performance of “For Your Life”.

The various pick-up combinations available from a three-pickup LP guitar are beyond the reach of a traditional toggle switch – but perfectly suited to the Free-Way Switch with it's ground-breaking six-way function.

See, hear and enjoy the moment :-

The Free-Way Switch was developed from a simple idea. Guitarists love the tonal flexibility that comes with different pickup configurations... but they hate the distraction of having to operate multiple controls during playing. A conventional selector switch has only one (longitudinal) freedom of travel - but if a selector switch could operate with two freedoms of travel (longitudinal and transverse), then wouldn't it be possible to get all that tonal flexibility from a single, familiar switch?

Yes it would - and that is exactly what the Free-Way Switch does. Created by Product Designer (and guitarist) Alasdair Bryce, the patented Free-Way Switch was developed for manufacture with switchgear specialists NSF Controls Ltd. The Free-Way Switch has now become the choice of thousands of guitarists and the new 2013 models represent the highest standards in flexibility and quality.

2013 model Free-Way Switch key features

  • Retro-fit without modification. Fits straight into a 35mm diameter cavity, so no physical alteration is required for fitting into LP style guitars.
  • Standard Toggle Tip. The Free-Way is indistinguishable from a traditional 3-way toggle in appearance when fitted. Industry standard M3.5mm threaded tips are used (Note: UNC thread used on 3X3-04 model).
  • Diverse Pickup Configurations. Coil tap, 3 pick-up, piezo, series, phase, parallel, HSH, HSS, SSS, Vol/Tone bypass and many more unique custom schemes.
  • Distinct Switching action. The Free-Way toggle movement is familiar and exact and is designed to be used intuitively for fast changes between any positions.
  • Solid construction. Using very high quality materials (stainless steel metalwork, gold plated terminals, glass-filled nylon mouldings), the Free-Way 2013 models feature rock solid construction, and have been endurance tested beyond 1 million operations.
  • Compact. The 3X3-03 measures just 32mm in diameter/11.5mm deep and can be used on nearly any guitar.
  • Solder pad termination. Multiple gold-plated solder pad terminations are used for flexibility and ease of solder installation.

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