Oak 5 Way Lever Switch For Strat

Code: OAK5W-1
  • £12.95
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Strat 5 way switch

Guitar switch as found on current production U.S.A. Fender Strat guitars. Made in the U.S.A. by Oak. This replacement Strat 5 way switch comes complete with two dome-head nickel mounting screws. Switch tip not included.


Centre to centre of the two mounting holes - 41mm

Fits 1/16" (1.58mm) x 1-1/16" (26.98mm) slot

 

1-3/8" cavity depth (34.92mm)

Wiring:

These days the 5 way Strat switch is taken for granted but in the first 3 decades of the Stratocaster’s history (during the 1950’s, 60’s and most of the 70’s) the standard switch fitted at the Fender factory was a 3 position selector. The classic in-between pickup sounds were still achievable but players had to resort to carefully balancing the lever between positions to get the combination of bridge and middle and middle and neck pickups, now commonly referred to as positions 2 and 4 on a 5 way switch. It was only around 1977 did Fender start to fit a 5 way switch as standard to make it much easier to select all 5 tones. There is a common misconception that the combined pickup sounds in positions 2 and 4 are out of phase - this is not true and actually the pickups remain in-phase. The true sound of 2 pickups being out of phase with each other is a much thinner tone with a drop in volume but with a big emphasis on mid-range - somewhat of an acquired taste!

There are several ways to wire a standard Stratocaster - the most traditional method is as Leo Fender had initially devised during the Strat's inception which is to have the middle tone control directly affecting the neck pickup and the lower tone altering the middle pickup, leaving the bridge pickup without any tone control options. Western Swing was prevalent in the 50’s (and also one of Leo’s favourite musical genres) and the best way to recreate the clear and singing tones of the pedal steel, as heard on the recordings of bands like Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, was to use the bright bridge pickup on the Strat. However, just as the 3 way switch was later replaced with a 5 way switch in 1977, guitar tones evolved over time and guitarists were not always wanting to have an ultra bright tone in the bridge position and so a simple wiring modification on the switch allows the lower tone to affect the bridge pickup so that the high treble frequencies can be tamed, leaving the middle tone pot to share the tonal duties for both middle and neck pickups.

Do you need a diagram for either of these two wiring methods discussed above? Simply email us with your request or add a note at the checkout stage of our website and we’ll happily include the correct wiring diagram for you.

Delivery:

Any order placed before 3.00pm on a working day will generally be sent the same day. If the order is placed after 3.00pm on a weekday or anytime during the weekend or a public holiday we will send the order the next working day.

UK Orders: 

  • Royal Mail First Class - this costs £1.50 per order but becomes free if your order value is £25.00 or higher. Royal Mail typically aims to deliver First Class parcels for the next working day although can sometimes take up to 5 days. No signature is required upon delivery. You will be sent a tracking number but the tracking information is very limited. It will only be updated once an attempted delivery has been made. If you see the message 'An update will only be provided when we attempt to deliver your item' on the Royal Mail website, this means that an attempted delivery has not yet been made and is still processing through the Royal Mail network.
  • DPD - this service costs £6.50 per order but becomes free if your order value is £90.00 or higher. This is a next-working day service and UK Mail will send an email or text on the day of the delivery with a timed 1 hour delivery slot. This service is only available for UK mainland addresses. A signature is required upon receipt of the parcel and deliveries can be made anytime up until 6.00pm on the day of the delivery.
  • Royal Mail Special Delivery - this service costs £9.95 and Royal Mail guarantee that the delivery will be made the next working day before 1.00pm. Royal Mail will email or text you with delivery updates and a signature is required upon receipt of the parcel

International Orders:

  • Any EU orders placed on our website that amounts to a total of €150.00 (£135.00) or less will be inclusive of VAT and fees. Therefore, the price that you pay at our checkout is final pricing - no additional handling fees or import fees.  Any order that is above €150.00 (£135.00) will not be inclusive of VAT or import fees and these additional fees will need to be paid to your local postal service, once the goods arrive at your local customs. (Please note, this all-fee-inclusive scheme is only applicable to business-to-consumer (B2C) transactions and cannot be applied to any business-to-business (B2B) transactions) 
  • European Registered Post - for any address in Europe, this service costs £9.95 per order and is sent using the Royal Mail Tracked service. In most cases, the parcel is handed over to the local postal service to deliver it. A signature is generally not required but will be tracked to ensure a safe delivery. Most parcels take an average of 3 - 7 working days to deliver.
  • European Registered Courier - for any address in Europe, this service costs £30.00 per order and we will select a courier to deliver the parcel. A signature is required upon receipt of the parcel. Delivery times vary but typically take 2 - 5 working days.
  • International Registered Post - for any address outside of Europe, this service costs £12.95 per order and is sent using the Royal Mail Tracked service. In most cases, the parcel is handed over to the local postal service to deliver it. A signature is generally not required but will be tracked to ensure a safe delivery. Most parcels take an average of 4 - 10 working days to deliver.
  • International Registered Courier - for any address outside of Europe, this service costs £30.00 per order and we will select a courier to deliver the parcel. A signature is required upon receipt of the parcel. Delivery times vary but typically take 3 - 7 working days.

 

Returns:

If you need to return a product purchased from W.D. Music UK, please notify us in writing (email/letter) within 14 working days and then return the item to us within 28 working days in order to receive a full refund without the original delivery charge.  The cost of returning the item to W.D. Music UK is not included unless the return is due to missing or faulty parts. 

The returned goods must be in a re-saleable state and any goods or accessories that accompany the returned product must also come back to us. The goods should also be returned with their original box, packing and accessories. Please click here for further details.

PICKGUARDS: Do not remove the protective cover or place any components on this pickguard until you have made a "dry run" on the instrument. Make sure all mounting holes and pickup cuts are positioned correctly. Pickguard replacement warranty will be void if the protective cover has been removed. Removing the protective film means that the item is not in a re-saleable condition and therefore we cannot accept it back for a refund. 

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Showing our 2 5 Way Lever Switch For Strat reviews with an average rating of Excellent. Would you like to write a review?
Review Summary - 5 out of 5 based on 2 ratings.
  • Build Quality
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  • Value for Money
  • Review Date - 3rd December 2021
  • Product Reviewing? - 5 Way Lever Switch For Strat (WDE5)
  • Would you recommend this product? - Yes
  • Gender - Male

Service and product very impressive. Delivered next day, excellent quality

December 3, 2021
Des Richards
  • Build Quality
  • Overall Rating
  • Value for Money
  • Review Date - 13th June 2020
  • Product Reviewing? - 5 Way Lever Switch For Strat (WDE5)
  • Would you recommend this product? - Yes
  • Gender - Male

Great switch for all guitars that use this method of pickup selection. The same goes for the 3 and 4 way products that Oak Grigsby manufactures

June 13, 2020
RickCzee
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