Classic 400 Footswitch Update

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by nashvillebill, Nov 19, 2005.

  1. For all us new owners (or old owners too) that needs a footswitch:

    As you know, Peavey's official version is no longer made. They (or you) can modify one of their guitar amp FS, but the price is high ($70 or 90) and it may or may not be labelled correctly.

    I got their schematic for the switch, and together with the amp schematic, confirmed the pin-outs needed on the switch. I verified this on my amp tonight.

    I got a couple of 7 pin DIN connectors locally yesterday, but they didn't have any DPDT pushbuttons. So I'm going to fab a prototype using a cheap plastic box and some toggle switches, along with a few LED's, to confirm my wiring scheme.

    I will order some pushbuttons Monday. While I was hoping to make my final version over the holidays, I may not get the switches in time. Unfortunately the switches are the most expensive part of the deal--genuine Carling pushbuttons ain't cheap....

    Why am I posting all this, you may ask....Well several people posted earlier, asking me if I could make a FS for them too. However, I don't have enough cash on hand to buy enough switches to get a price break. (The FS takes 3 switches and I have to order 25 pushbuttons to get the price below $10 a pushbutton). That's 8 footswitches worth; plus DIN connectors, wire, boxes, and LED's, means I'll have sunk about $400 into the operation--and I can't swing that (not after dropping $690 into my new amp). Unless 8 or more people are willing to front me money for their pedals, and then wait a month or two--I don't think you guys would be too keen on that!! So I do not think it would be feasible for me to make a bunch of footswitches...sorry....

    Anyhow, I'll make drawings of mine, and when I get done in a week or two, I'll post a followup here. Soldering those tiny little pins on the DIN connector is fun... :rolleyes:
  2. Thornton Davis

    Thornton Davis

    Dec 11, 1999
    This is the note that I received from Peavey on Friday regarding what footswitch will work with the Classis 400 for channel switching.

    " The Transtube Special 212 switch should work.
    You would just have to re-label the buttons. Part# 00376410."

    I haven't checked the price.

  3. That's the switch they told me to rewire :confused: , and I have the wiring diagram they sent me...

    Without the switch in front of me I can't confirm whether it'll work as is, but they said "re-wire" in their email...And since the switch is on the Peavey site for $69 (plus shipping) I figure I'd make my own, with a little bit of improvement.
  4. mine is:

    F/S TT Special 212
    0 014367 020274 00376410

    it is 7 pinned
    3 switched
    and has a black label with white text for the proper functions.

    I've no clue if it was rewired internally or not.
  5. Fealach

    Fealach Guest

    Apr 23, 2003
    Gone to a better place
    When I bought my 400 (now James') it was used, but from a Peavey dealer. I seem to recall looking at (DOWN ATM? The hordes of new Classic 400 owners must have crashed it) for the part number. I ordered it through the store, it was I believe under $30. I did this a while after I bought it, but obviously before I sold it to James. It was not modified in any way. Sorry I can't remember exactly how long ago, that amp is so "4 amps ago" for me ;) .Hope that's some help.
  6. jamesblue


    Mar 27, 2005
    I did a google and found it at $63 dollars at bannas at large and the Peaveys site. Guess if we want one this is the way to go. :(
  7. timv


    Jun 7, 2000
    Chandler, AZ
    I think you can buy any peavey 3 button footswitch with the 7 pin din style connector and mod it to work. I just purchased a xxx footswitch on ebay that I am going to rewire. I like these because they are in a metal box with a detachable cord so a bit more heavy duty. It also has led's in it already. I will update with my progress...
  8. Thornton,
    Did you ever try that switch? Did it work as is?
  9. Thornton Davis

    Thornton Davis

    Dec 11, 1999
    Unfortunately no. I never got around to trying it.

  10. I picked one of the TT 212 switches up. When I plugged it in, it automatically turned to my crunch channel. The Effects switch combined the two. BUT.. It would NOT allow me to switch to clean only. I didn't bother to try effects. I just wanted channel switching and combining for now. This switch has an extra LED, no orange wire like the schematic calls for. I'm still trying to figure out how to wire it. I had better luck with my old car than this brand new switch!

    Attached Files:

  11. Nashvillebill,
    Do you still have a copy of the amp schematic? I need some help! Not sure I'm looking at this din correctly either. Instead of black and orange, there is grey and blue. There's a yellow wire at the DIN, but not in the pedal. -Just enough to really mess with me.. Which doesn't take much. Ha
  12. Shaun O

    Shaun O

    Apr 1, 2019
    I know this was old but it helped me out a bit so maybe the next guy will have an easier time. I ordered the Transtube 212 pedal off amazon and rewired it as the attached pic indicates. Sorry my numbering doesn't match the schematic.

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    Last edited: Apr 2, 2019