For the record, I also figured out that there is absolutely no difference between the import 3 and 5 way switches. The only difference is in the way they are assembled. There are 5 detents at the top of the casing, and 3 at the bottom. On the switch blade, there is a ball bearing which is pressed against the casing by a spring. Depending on whether the spring/bearing is assembled on top or below, you can get a 3 or 5 way switch.
Thanks for the tip pete12345, it appears that one can change the import switch for the desired mode.
A "simplified" drawing of the import switch (3-way) ChrisK references. "A" and "B" are the commons/outputs and are connected to a different lug as noted by the colors depending upon the position of the switch. Best of luck.
Last Edit: Aug 3, 2014 20:11:52 GMT -5 by haydukej
Post by kaustinwright on Aug 16, 2015 20:26:18 GMT -5
I found a strange 5 way strat toggle switch out of an 80s HM squier strat, and wasn't sure which lugs held continuity with the common lug, so I have created a color-coded diagram to show what I've found out just in case anybody comes across one of these. I couldn't find much information regarding this switch, much less find a diagram online. Any help with the model or maker of the switch would be appreciated.
The switch is numbered, and only has one common lug, rather than the standard 2-lug design found on most switches.
There is a globe at the upper right corner of the switch that has a hurricane looking S inside if that helps to determine anything.