Ok, so I have aMadcatz TE Type S stick for 360/PC (click the link for exact model on Amazon where I bought it) and I’m not that happy with the Sanwa JLF joystick that comes with it. The throw on it is simply too far for my comfort zone and I read that the Seimitsu LS 56 has a much shorter throw. However, there isn’t a lot of info that I could find which I trust so I figured I’d make a thread asking people who have experience their thoughts on the feel of those two sticks. Also, if you have an opinion on Happ or other Seimitsu models that is welcome as well.

Also, does anybody have a direct link to how to change the art on a Type S stick like mine? I freaking hate the hardened cardboard’ish top it has and the left corner actually likes to cut into my skin while I’m playing (poor design). So if anybody is feeling helpful I’d be greatly appreciate it :slight_smile:


I would sugest you the ls-32 or ls-40. Both are shorter than JLF. If you go with ls-32 you will feel a little faster joystick but if you want to feel a more effective difference (even shorter engagement / throw), then go with ls-40. For me, the 56 is ultra sensitive, not recommended for fighters unless you plays very moderate…it’s awesome for other games though.


The little info I read was that the ls-32 was pretty similar to the Sanwa with a slightly shorter throw and I’m wanting something with a fairly major change. Maybe the ls-40 is the way to go. I just want to make sure I have a much shorter throw and I’d hate to undershoot what I want. Thanks for the response, much appreciated!


Then go with ls-40 with no worries, the stick is really short. A shorter stick than ls-40 would be non-functional for fighters.


LS-56 has a short throw, but the tension is the stiffest out of all the Sanwa and Seimitsu parts. Also, if you install it in your TE it’ll sit a few mm lower than a Sanwa JLF. You will need an MS mounting plate


i havent tried the ls-40 yet, but i’ve literally tried every other seimitsu stick out in the market.

i can honestly say that the ls-56 is by far the seimitsu stick out there for fighters. the throw is small, stick is a bit stiffer compared to the sanwa jlf or any japanese sticks. it goes back into neutral really quick so its really good for games like marvel, compared to the sanwa jlf.

ls-32 is for an acquired taste. either people love it or hate it, however, it works really well for shmups.


Well, the main two games I play right now are UMvC3 and AE (soon 2012). My main problem is that the sanwa throw is so long and it feels like it takes forever for it to go back to neutral and it really screws with the timing. I think I will try the ls-56, no disrespect Jaquio and thanks for the comments. It just seems like I need to go with my gut on this and as I said I’d rather not undershoot and prefer overshooting. And at worst all I’d have to do is order an ls-40 which is not a big deal for me. I’ll update this thread when I get the ls-56 and get some game time in with it. It would be nice if there was a sticky for something like this as it is pretty useful information.


Sure, no problem! Let me know if you like your new stick.


Ok, so I got my Seimitsu LS-56 today and got everything installed and working after a quick issue with up/left/right not working (apparently you have to plug it in upside down compared to the Sanwa stick) and I put in quite a few hours with it. I also got a bat top to go with it instead of using the ball.

I must say I absolutely freaking love it. I haven’t ran into the problems you mentioned I may have Jaquio with the resistance as it feels pretty much perfect. Before where it felt like the Sanwa had a lot of dead space between actuation which threw me off quite a bit there is now none. With the Sanwa I had issues with consistently dashing as well and dashes were not coming out consistently when I wanted them. With the LS-56 they come out every time without fail with barely a thought or any effort. My combo’s that require FADC went through the roof in regards to consistency in the first few minutes. I can also more easily do even simple things like FP into fireball consistently over and over. And in Oni’s case I can now easily FP into fireball FADC into DP which I could almost never consistently pull off.

So yeah, I love it. I still may pick up an ls-40 and try it out just to see how it feels by comparison but right now the 56 seems perfect (especially with the bat top). Everything comes out when I think it should since there isn’t any dead zone like with the Sanwa.

Thanks again for the comments everyone, much appreciated as always.


Good to know, man!! The battop actually decreases the spring resistance, it felt right because ls-56 is very stiff. So, battop in JLF feels even more loose. Also, the battop is helping you to be a little more precise depending your grip…the balltop is large, battop is a little thinner…it seems you have a nice combo (ls-56 + battop) that works perfectly for you.

I think the ls-40 has perfect resistance with balltop, so just keep ls-56 if you are that happy with it :wink:


According to this site,
the engage and throw distance between ls 40 and ls 56 is identical, so i think there isnt any difference in sensitivity.
I have the ls 56 because i thought, that the small engage distance will improve my game in making me faster. But that is actually not the case!
The Problem is, whenever u want do dash, or make a FADC combo, it happens quite easy, that u hit on of the diagonals, instead of straight forward or backwards, so the “dash” does not comes out. This ofc is caused by the small engage distance. Cause of that, really have to concentrate on every input. If u try to be fast, so the input is a little bit sloppy, there is a huge possibility to land on the diagonals.
This is ofc effectively prevented by the octogonal gate, but I prefer square gates very much. If you want to play the LS 56 with an octogate, I highly recommend the stick, I think there isn’t a better octogate on the market, ofc this is all personal taste, but many will agree.

Another thing that I noticed. The engage distance of the stick is small. Because of this, the engage zone is quite big (the difference between throw and engage distance). At first view, there are no negative points to that.
But I experienced, that when you try to qcf, qcf PPP or any other ultra. Especially after DP, FADC, when u dont have much time, the ultra will not come out.
This is caused by the big engage zone of df or db in relation to just f or b.
U can ofc input the ultra like that: d, df, d, df, f + PPP. But because of the big engage zone of df, you often stay on df making it: d, df, d, df * PPP (Or Even d, df, …, df. means u even dont hit the down direction properly) -> The ultra does not come out. So u can ofc try to input: d, df, d, df, f, uf + PPP which will work ofc, evry time.
But when u do this, u sacrafice speed. And the speed was for me the reason for buying the ls56, actually, it did not pay off.

I ordered a sanwa JLF a view days back and it did arrive. I yet hadnt the time to install it, I anyway plan to make a second stick with it, which will take some time.
But by just holding the stick, I can say, that it will probably not have any of these problems mentioned above, perhaps the stick will has his own problems ofc, I cant say yet, anyway you have to deal with it.
But the motion is much smoother and i actually cant imagine, why people say, they have problems with dashes on the sanwa. Ofc the spring is much lighter, but to counter that, the microswitches are a lot harder, and so by themselves should push the stick to neutral position very fast ! (thx to the big dead zone, caused by the bigger engage distance). So i imagine, that it would be actually easier to dash, cause u dont need to have the stick in absolutely neutral position after the first forward (which is the case with the ls56, which has nearly no deadspace).
As i said, i havent yet played on the sanwa, so its just theorie, but by itself it feels quite good.

I will post more experiences, after my second stick is ready.
In the end, it is ofc all personal preferences. I can do any moves on any stick. I think, any stick has its strong and weak moments, u just have to know them and must adjust. Its a compromise. But i think, I can get along a little ! better with the sanwa (overall), at least for street fighter 4.

I had wrote more then I wanted :smiley: . U can often see new Threads of people, asking for sanwa vs seimitsu or big vs small throw. I think, in general it makes not a “big” difference, as long as u are used to the stick. And i often read, that a small engage distance is so much better or faster. For me, as mentioned, its absolutely not the case. A stick does not make the player.

Perhaps someone has made equal experiences with small engage distances?


I have both stick and I use both. ls-56 is good, but honestly, not adapted to fighters. My hand hurts after 1h or so when using it. It does wonder in shmup on the other hand, where jlf is lacking in my opinion.


i prefer ls-56 than jlf…it’s more faster et precise.but since some week i play whith ls-58 with new ss-plate(work with ls-56),and it’s my faforite now.


Ls-56 is fantastic with a octagonal gate its my favorite seimitsu stick, and perfect with Guilty Gear and KOF. I also had problems with dashing with a sanwa JLF originally because it feels like your waiting on the stick longer then you should, with a ls56 their is no waiting everything is instant but you have to be more precise with your movements . JLF is the best stick with a square gate in my op its the smoothest and very responsive but can feel slow at times.


Before I read this tonight I had already ordered an Octagonal gate from since I ran one on my JLF and loved it. The default setup of the LS-56 works amazingly well as almost all of my consistency issues went byebye for quite a few combos but the chance to error with the short throw on diagonals is a bit higher than a JLF. I was thinking the 8way restrictor would fix that and it sounds like it may :slight_smile:


Yup, just spent a few hours playing and the 8way restricor on the LS-56 is the most amazing thing I’ve ever played with. My inputs are spot on perfect now. Like, everything I couldn’t do before I can now do with ease. If anybody else is having similar problems to what I have (Sanwa JLF feeling a bit slow to respond) then I highly recommend going with an LS-56 + 8 way restrictor. The diagonals were the only issues I had with the default LS-56 with the square gate and the 8way lets you feel every click which fixes that.

So yeah, if you want a stick with a much shorter throw than a Sanwa and want to make sure it’s accurate, pick up the pieces I got. You won’t regret it IMO.


i had an ls 56 with a custom circle gate, and EVEN stiffer spring than stock. Arms started burning after 30 minutes…but it was amazing until then. lol.


LS-56 with an octagonal gate is what I usually recommend for people looking for something more American/Happ/iL in feel, while fitting easily into a TE or HRAP. It’s not the same, but it gets you in the ballpark and has its own flavor. I feel that it’s too tight and error prone and prefer the more forgiving throw of the JLF or LS-32 for fighting games, but it’s good if that is what you are after.


Last summer I swapped the LS-32 in my HRAP for an LS-40 to play shmups and platformers. The LS-40 is probably the best stock shmup stick I have played on, so far. Very short engage. The only downside is that it is very unforgiving for FGs. I gave the LS-40 a couple of weeks when I got KoF XIII and then I ended up swapping the LS-32 back in.


What you mean by that?