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The Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster S-1 Switching System

Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster S-1 Switch

Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster S-1 Switch

One of the biggest improvements on the Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster is the versatile S-1TMSwitching System. For years Strat players have been looking for additional sounds out of the 3-pickup configuration featured on the Stratocaster. The search began with the very first production of the Fender Stratocaster and players discovered that they could turn on the bridge-and-middle pickup or the middle-and-neck pickup by placing the original 3-way selector switch in-between the pickup selector settings. This gave players not only two new sounds but also two hum-cancelling settings for their Stratocaster.

Fender responded by creating the 5-way blade style pickup selector switch with a permanent 2 and 4 position for using the bridge/middle or middle/neck pickup settings. The search for pickup selection options didn’t end there. Many players wired in additional switches to have access to other pickup combinations such as bridge/neck or bridge/middle/neck pickup settings. These wiring’s can get very complex especially with the addition of noiseless pickups and their additional wire leads. Players had asked Fender for years to create a production model that included these pickup wiring’s but it was always too costly for Fender to produce.

Fender finally responded to Stratocaster player’s wishes with the introduction of the S-1 switching system in 2004. With a simple press of a button the S-1 switch gives you five additional pickup settings with the standard 5-way blade switch. It’s a very simple and elegant switching design on the surface of the guitar with no change made to the Stratocaster’s overall cosmetics.

The wiring itself is very complex although the S1 switch makes wiring the guitar much easier than installing a rotary switch or multiple push-pull switches. The wires from the pickups only have to route to the S-1 switch at the volume knob and to the 5-position blade selector. The S-1 switching system increases production costs but the additional pickup selections really make it worth the cost. If you would like to take a look at the wiring in the 2010 series American Deluxe Stratocaster you can check out this pdf of the wiring diagram. Fender American Deluxe SSS S-1 Switch N3 Pickups Wiring Diagram (2010).

As you can see from the wiring diagram Fender has included what they call a “special” capacitor into the American Deluxe Stratocaster’s wiring. Fender’s reason for including this capacitor is to give the guitar a more radical change in sound in some positions on the pickup selector. With the S-1 switch used in tandem with the 5-position blade switch you now have pickups wired in series, paralell, paralell and series simultaneously as well as being able to have all pickups turned on at the same time.

So what pickup combinations are available on guitars equipped with the S-1 switch? On the 2004-2009 series Fender Deluxe Stratocaster the pickup switching works as follows:

5-Position Blade and 2-Position Push/Push S-1TM:

S-1 Switch Up (off):
Position 1. Bridge Pickup
Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup in Parallel
Position 3. Middle Pickup
Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup in Parallel
Position 5. Neck Pickup

S-1 Switch Down:
Position 1. Bridge Pickup in Series with Middle Pickup
Position 2. Bridge Pickup in Parallel with Special Capacitor and in Series with Middle Pickup
Position 3. Bridge/Middle/Neck Pickups with Neck and Bridge Pickups in Parallel and in Series with Middle pickup
Position 4. Neck Pickup in Parallel with Special Capacitor and in Series with Middle Pickup
Position 5. Neck Pickup in Series with Middle Pickup

On the 2010 series Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster the pickup combinations with the S-1 switch are as follows:

5-Position Blade and 2-Position Push/Push S-1TM:

S-1 Switch Up (Off):
Position 1. Bridge Pickup
Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup in Parallel
Position 3. Middle Pickup
Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup in Parallel
Position 5. Neck Pickup

S-1 Switch Down (On):
Position 1. Bridge, Middle and Neck Pickups in Series
Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup in Series
Position 3. Middle and Neck Pickup in Series
Position 4. Bridge and Neck Pickup Out-Of-Phase, and in Series with Special Tone Capacitor
Position 5. Bridge and Middle Pickup in Series and Out-Of-Phase, and in Parallel with Neck Pickup

Click here to download a PDF of the 2010 Fender American Deluxe S-1 Switching Combinations. This diagram was created by Scott Bessell. Thanks Scott!

There have also been reports of a new S-1 switching layout for the 2013 Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster. To see a picture of the new switching diagram and read about the new options please see the 2013 Fender S-1 Switching Changes post.

Here’s a list of the 2013 5-Position Blade and 2-Position Push/Push S-1TM:

S-1 Switch Up (off):
Position 1. Bridge Pickup
Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup in Parallel
Position 3. Middle Pickup
Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup in Parallel
Position 5. Neck Pickup

S-1 Switch Down (On):
Position 1. Bridge pickup in parallel with Neck & Middle pickups in series
Position 2. Neck pickup in parallel with Middle & Bridge pickups in series
Position 3. Middle and Bridge pickups in Series
Position 4. Neck & Middle pickups in series
Position 5. All pickups in series

If you want to determine which S-1 options you have on your guitar you can perform this simple test. Plug your guitar into your amp and depress the S-1 switch. With the blade selector in position 1 take a small flat blade screwdriver and lightly tough a magnet on each one of the pickups. A loud pop from your amp means that the pickup is currently turned on. Do this with the blade selector in each position. This will let you know which pickup is turned on in each position. Then you can match your pickup selection with one of the diagrams listed above.



Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster Electric Guitar Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster Electric GuitarThe S-1 switching system adds additional pickup combinations beyond those provided by a standard five-way switch including new combinations of series and parallel wiring for a dazzling array of tonal choice.






4 comments to The Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster S-1 Switching System

  • rick reichard

    you wouldn’t happen to have the wiring schematic for 5-Position Blade and 2-Position Push/Push S-1? I bought a strat and someone has boogered with the wiring on the switch and the tone controls don’t function in any configuration…. would love to have it : )

  • Eric

    Do you know if the S-1 pickup combinations changed after 2010? I bought a 2013 American Deluxe Strat, and the controls information sheet shows some different combinations. For instance, position 4 with S-1 is not the bridge and neck, it says it’s the middle and neck in series.

  • That’s interesting Eric, that’s the configuration found on the 2004-2009 series. You may have gotten an old configuration sheet in your guitar. You can always take a flat blade screwdriver and lightly touch each pickup to hear which ones are actually on in each position. You will hear the screwdriver tap the magnets through your amp when the pickup is on. Try that and let us know if that’s really the pickups that are switched on your guitar.

  • Alza

    Very interesting – Does anyone know why the neck pick up would suddenly start to sound much louder and muffled compared to neck & middle in this setup (or it could be neck & middle sound quiet and tinny compared to neck)?

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