Guidance On Installation Of A Kill Switch

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  1. manco53

    manco53 Well-Known Member

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    Hey AGF!

    My band is playing a Rage Against the Machine set in October and I’ve decided to go no Les Paul for the set and I’m true Tom Morello fashion use a combination of a tele and this weird Fender Prodigy Superstrat I picked up in a trade this past spring.

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    I’m a weirdo, like the best actors of our time, Daniel Day Lewis, Brando, Eddie Murphy, I tend to really dig in for my art and get as much into the character as possible (i.e. find the right gear) and stay as true to form as possible. Case in point...I’ve got a Digitech Whammy 5 coming in this week or next! Ugh lol

    The tele is fine. Morello uses the neck pickup exclusively and I kind of prefer the strat neck pup to the lipstick tele, so I’m not going obsess over that one.

    My dilemma is a kill switch for the strat. Thought about just unwiring the middle and bridge pickups, seems like an amateur way to go. Other option was to buy a button style kill switch, but I’d rather not spend more money on additional material, and lastly I was thinking about using a Les Paul style toggle and mount it on the lower horn and wire that in somehow, but I’m at a loss.

    My questions would be, what’s the best way to drill into the finish to do the least amount of damage?
    And second, how would I wire the toggle as a kill switch?

    Another idea would be to remove the tone pot and mount the kill switch there....but I think I’d rather do it the hard way.

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    manco53 Well-Known Member

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    Bump!
     
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    tonray Well-Known Member Supporting Member+

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    I think safety first.. Before drilling, make sure you wear a safety bucket.


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    I had a glitchy output jack connection on a guitar. It generally held well, but when I rocked the cable end around it had the same effect as using a kill switch.

    Idea: do something to modify a cable, not the whole guitar.
     
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    Looks like a job for a forstner or speedbor drill bit. if you have access to a drill press, that would help make sure it's lined up correctly. you'll also need to cut a chanel from the switch hole to the main cavity to run your wires. you could probably do it all with a router after some practice on some scrap wood. slow and steady!

    the lower horn location is a matter of concern - not a lot of room for error. the tone pot location may be the safer choice

    the nice thing is the pickguard will be covering over everything when it's all said and done
     
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    My drummer is a cabinet maker, maybe I’ll bring it to his shop.
     
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    How about a push-push POT? Cheap, easy, no drilling.
     
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    There is plenty of room between the pots and 5 way where the guitar is already routed. I use that space on my Strats to mount a mini-toggle to enable/disable the mid-boost pre-amp board (which also fits without wood removal).

    I would go with a push button that is normally open (closed when pushed) and wire it between the signal wire to the output jack and ground.

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    Dude, just go LP when you need it.
     
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    you could also do it the way morello does - disconnect/remove a pickup and use the selector switch
     
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    Too easy...inauthentic lol

    Plus I need a reason to mod some guitars anyway!
     
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    Of course you must take in to account that Buckethead was raised by chickens and he wears the bucket out of respect for his dead brethren.
     
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    Playing around with kill switches i found switches and push buttons had to slow of a switching speed for me .
    To get a staccato effect i used a Microswitch which would switch as fast as i could jiggle a finger.

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    Most simple way would be to use a Planet Waves circuit breaker cable. Has a switch on the plug. Push the button and it is off. All I have used for years. Work great and no soldering or parts needed if it ever needs repair. Only had to fix once once in all these years. Another nice thing is no need to modify a guitar and can be used on all of them.
     
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    Holy shit
     
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    Being in the elevator business, perhaps I need to get an elevator car/hall push button and integrate it into my guitar somehow
     
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    That would be cool! Any momentary N.O. Switch should work.
     
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    So I found this mini toggle in my parts wasteland that was a coil splitter on a guitar, so it’s ON-ON. Is there an easy way to make it ON-OFF?
     
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