Wonks wrote:For that approx. model year, the switch should be a 3-way one. If not, and it's a 5-way, then it's almost certainly been replaced at some time. So if you do start getting a dodgy pot and/or switch, then for authenticity, the kit with the 3-way switch is the one to go for, though the 5-way switch one below it in the list will be more versatile, whilst still giving you the same basic sounds in positions 1, 3 and 5.
Of course those position 2 and 4 sounds can be obtained by putting the 3-way switch in those in-between positions and hoping the switch stays there.
The only two positions I use on the Strat is the #2 and #5 position as shown in this Fender diagram: https://www.fender.com/articles/tech-ta ... tor-switch
So that is the middle pickup combined with the bridge for position #2 and the neck pickup alone for position #5.
Those are THE Strat sounds!
Can you get that #2 with a three-way switch only? I don't think I have played a Strat with a 3-way switch.