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    I would like to try a mod in my superstrat: 2 volume knobs ala LesPaul for clean and rhythm but then I would like to engage the S1 switch to bypass the volume controls for max volume/tone during lead sound. My concern is being this a push button I wonder if those S1 break too easily? For example I use the 5 way pickup selector whitch in my guitar that is like 10 years old, I use it a lot and there is no sing of problem at all, I would hate to have an S1 to break after a few years. I would have considered a toggle switch but there is no room left for it.
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    Default Re: Is the Fender S1 any realible?

    My S1 has been going for many gigs and rehearsals for over 5 years. It is really robust, and an elegant solution. I'd absolutely recommend it, even though it is expensive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mincer View Post
    My S1 has been going for many gigs and rehearsals for over 5 years. It is really robust, and an elegant solution. I'd absolutely recommend it, even though it is expensive.
    Thanks. Just double checking, whit these two items be enough for a Strat? It is weird to me they don't sell all is needed in a single pack.

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    https://www.amazon.com.mx/Fender-Spl...4178709&sr=8-2
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    I’ve got it on two guitars, no issues thusfar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IMENATOR View Post
    Thanks. Just double checking, whit these two items be enough for a Strat? It is weird to me they don't sell all is needed in a single pack.

    https://www.guitargear.com.mx/tienda...oduct_id=10164
    https://www.amazon.com.mx/Fender-Spl...4178709&sr=8-2
    That looks like all you'll need. I love this switch. I just wish it wasn't expensive.
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    Wow, I've never had a request for one of those and now I know why. I get the idea that they may be the only supplier but I can't imagine that they can sell any at that price...

    But apparently they do or they would have dropped the price. Crazy

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    Quote Originally Posted by zionstrat View Post
    Wow, I've never had a request for one of those and now I know why. I get the idea that they may be the only supplier but I can't imagine that they can sell any at that price...

    But apparently they do or they would have dropped the price. Crazy

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    Default Re: Is the Fender S1 any realible?

    Why not just use a push-pull?

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    The S1 works *so much better* than a push pull, which is a pain on Strats. It is a very elegant solution, where grabbing a Strat knob, getting your fingers under it to pull it is about the most inelegant movement you can make.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ragamuffin View Post
    Why not just use a push-pull?
    Way easier to use.
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    I am redoing my pots in a 2008 Am STD Deluxe from 250k to 500k in order to brighten the tone up. It has the S-1 switch, and I just ordered a new S-1 in 500k from AmplifiedParts.com. $25, U.S. not including shipping.


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    lol yeah the whole package (knob, button and S-1 switch) is only about $35 from Amplified Parts/Tubesandmore.com (same company). Still more than a standard push/pull pot but I agree it is a VERY nice setup. I have one on my Deluxe Roadhouse Strat. OP's links are not in USD....

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    I've got an S1 on my Strat that's 10-15 years old and it works perfectly. Pretty expensive but if that is the best solution for your particular guitar, then it's worth the cost.
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    Default Re: Is the Fender S1 any realible?

    Quote Originally Posted by ragamuffin View Post
    Why not just use a push-pull?
    It is gonna be a second volume knob for the brige, I have found myself in the past using a push-pull in the middle of the song I do turn the knob a little bit too, I want to avoid that.
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    Default Re: Is the Fender S1 any realible?

    I think you'll like it WAY better than a push-pull. I've always thought push-pulls were rather awkward to operate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MakerDP View Post
    I think you'll like it WAY better than a push-pull. I've always thought push-pulls were rather awkward to operate.
    They are even worse to operate on a Strat. Pretty much unusable to get to in a hurry.
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    Default Re: Is the Fender S1 any realible?

    ill only use a push/pull pot on the 2nd tone control. i do like the push/push pots out there though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeremy View Post
    ill only use a push/pull pot on the 2nd tone control. i do like the push/push pots out there though!
    Yeah at its core the S1 is a push-push, just implemented a little more elegantly IMO. The S1 makes it easier to visually see what's currently selected.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IMENATOR View Post
    I would like to try a mod in my superstrat: 2 volume knobs ala LesPaul for clean and rhythm but then I would like to engage the S1 switch to bypass the volume controls for max volume/tone during lead sound. My concern is being this a push button I wonder if those S1 break too easily? For example I use the 5 way pickup selector whitch in my guitar that is like 10 years old, I use it a lot and there is no sing of problem at all, I would hate to have an S1 to break after a few years. I would have considered a toggle switch but there is no room left for it.
    Go with Push-PUSH pot type. It is inexpensive compared to the S1 , and avoids the ergonomic concerns some have mentioned about push-pull.

    Part of the reason why the S1 is more expensive than a push-pull and push-push is that it is a 4 pole switch. You only need a 2 pole switch to do what you described. If you need help figuring out the wiring for the push-push, let me know and i will post a sketch.

    Alpha Push Push Switch Pot A500K https://reverb.com/item/12539660-alp...ntent=12539660

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    Default Re: Is the Fender S1 any realible?

    For a non-strat, I agree, go with that $8.50 Alpha pot. For a strat, I still prefer the S1 even at 4x the price. But it certainly does work WAY better than a push-pull!

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