What does S stand for on the S-1 switch?

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  1. StratSounds

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    The S stands for stank, more ways to put some stank sauce on your tone.
     
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    I believe when pressed, the S-1 puts the pickups in series, making them sound humbucky and loud AF.
     
  3. CalicoSkies

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    What is a "stage" in this context?

    It depends on the guitar model. It can be wired many different ways. The American Deluxe and American Elite Strats have had several versions where some of the pickup combinations were parallel and some were/are series. There's some information here and here (and elsewhere on the intertubes as well).
     
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    It means it can be wired to operate four different ways, or four different functions.
     
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    Thanks for the context. My Tele Elite was wired to go in series when the S-1 was pressed. I eventually replaced it for a 4-way toggle for better reliability.
     
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    My suggestion is contact Lee Anderton and ask him why he referred to it that way.
     
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    too much time on my hands come to mind reading this thread :whistling:
     
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    I think the reference to “S-1” is the S-1 switching option on Fender guitars. It is like a boost. Our bands lead guitarist has it on his Deluxe Strat. Here is link to a Fender website page with info.
    https://www.fender.com/articles/tech-talk/how-the-s-1-switch-gives-you-more-tonal-options
     
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    I thought it was Steve.
     
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    My Baja Tele is generally superb. I just ignore the S1. Every once in a while I will activate it, and then I immediately remember why I ignore it.
     
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    That's for tele's.

    :rolleyes:
     
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    Many years ago I created a certain machine for IBM, it was called the SDS-10. Stands for Super-Deluxe-Supreme-1 and Only. And yes, I have pictures of it. There was a more advanced version later on labeled the SDS-240.
     
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    Well, the only guitar I have with an S1 switch is a Tele.

    So there! :p
     
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    I do believe that a clear concise explanation that details function will likely be quickly passed over for answers that require less work to digest and have no footing as to the actual workings of switches and what not but have a much higher entertainment value.

    Such as

    S-1= Shitty-1

    So as a follow up : Does the s-1 affect tone?
    What color tip is best for these switches?
    I have an S1 Switch with an incomplete tiny picture of Picasso's Guernica printed on it will that go with my black MIM Strat?

    OK can we get to 15 disharmonous ( is that a word?) pages.......?

    Let's take a guess as to how long it takes before we get the obligatory -

    "I can not post the real answer or link I want to post because of the terms of service of this forum censoring &c and so forth."
     
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    I prefer Sidney. Can't remember how many I've replaced when they stopped working:whistling:
     
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    I still don’t get it. The word stages means phases or levels or changes that something goes through in a sequence over time. That doesn’t apply to an S-1 switch. Maybe it’s a misnomer.
    Also, assuming it stands for Stages, that doesn’t explain the 1. They should have called it a S switch. I’m thinking they planned ahead, thinking that someday they might have two switches on one guitar, S-1 and S-2.
     
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    That sounds so right, it can’t be wrong. Thanks.
     
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    Yes, the S-1 does effect tone

    It has no "tip".

    Disharmonious is the correct spelling.
     
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    This has gotten ridiculous, I got the official word FROM FENDER and still being questioned.
     
  20. Scott Baxendale

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    I always thought it meant Sh*t? I’ve replaced dozens of them and they seem like a failure waiting to happen to me.
     
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