Blade Switch Template

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Here's a foolproof method to route those tiny slots for blade switches such as those on an S-Style or T-Style guitar. Requires a 1/2" guide bushing collar for your router (not included).

1/2" MDF

Router Guide Bushings 101:  A guide bushing mounts to the router's sub-base with a tube that protrudes below. A straight router bit extends through the tube. The outer surface of the tube rides against an edge guide or template, keeping the bit a set distance (offset) from the edge guide or template. (Read the complete article "Understanding Guide Bushings" at Wood magazine)


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6 Reviews

  • 5

    Posted by AJ on 2023 Nov 19th

    The first time I routed a selector switch, I had to set up a board with the flat side of my router, and try to mark the start and stop points... long story. It worked, but it was a lot of hassle. This makes it really simple, and it is accurate. If it is possible to CNC these out of acrylic, since there is a bushing used instead of a flush trim bit, I think that would make it even better... Also maybe a smaller bushing could be used, so the template wouldn't have to be moved for the second step (just thoughts, Mike knows what he is doing). But I have built a lot of guitars with this, and can't imagine not having it around.

  • 5

    Posted by Jordan on 2023 Oct 23rd

    Works perfectly. Mike was very quick to answer my questions and very helpful. I will be buying from him again.

  • 5
    By far the most useful template I own

    Posted by expert_fretwork on 2023 Jun 30th

    This thing has made a complicated task significantly easier. I struggled for years to figure out a good way to consistently route the switch slot for a blade switch by hand, both on bodies and pickguards. I'd give this thing 100 stars if I could. It has a permanent home in my template bin.

  • 5
    Blade switch template

    Posted by Lawrence on 2022 May 19th

    Works great

  • 5

    Posted by Rob on 2020 Nov 28th

    Worked perfectly. Mike never fails to deliver a top-notch product

  • 5
    Blade Switch Template

    Posted by Thom Abell on 2019 Feb 6th

    My customer ordered a custom Tele body from Warmoth but neglected to have them route the slot and screw holes for the rear loaded blade switch. I contacted Mike and he rushed one of these out to me. I literally had this task finished an hour after I received the template from Fed-Ex!

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