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Footswitches

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by PollyBass, Jul 25, 2001.


  1. PollyBass

    PollyBass ******

    Jun 25, 2001
    Shreveport, LA
    Hey guys. I bought a crate bt350 used, it came without a foot switch. but there is a place where one goes. well, id like to have a footswitch. but i have no idea where to get one, or anything about a footswitch. im guessing its sorta like the "Clean, gain" foot switch our guitarist has. i know i cant use just any footswitch. sooooooo, come on guys, help me out. crate sure hasnt.
     
  2. EString

    EString

    Nov 20, 2000
    Los Altos, CA
    Ampeg sells generic 1,2, 0r 3 button footswitches. They should work. Do you even know what you're using the footswitch for or are you just getting one for the heck of it?
    It probably just selects between pre/post eq settings, something only more advanced players usually care that much about. If is that kind of a switch, save your money, you probably don't need it.
     
  3. PollyBass

    PollyBass ******

    Jun 25, 2001
    Shreveport, LA
    Well, it has a built in chours effect. so i think that might be what the footswitch is for.
     
  4. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Bettendorf, IA USA
    You are probably needing a simple latch on/off switch. They are everywhere for about 20 bucks. I made my own for $3 out of a latch switch, block of wood and a 1/4" jack.

    Here's a quick test. Plug a regular guitar cord into the FS input. Take a piece of metal and short the cord between the sleeve and the tip. It should switch. Remove the metal and it will switch back. IF it does this, it is the basic latch design. Even two function switches work like this, they just just stereo cables and jacks to carry two signals.

    It won't hurt your amp.

    Chas
     
  5. notduane

    notduane

    Nov 24, 2000
    Location
    P~B

    Is the footswitch "in" a ¼" phone jack?
    If that's it, you could get a Roland FS-1 (far left)...

      [​IMG]


    Zzounds has`em in stock for $24.95...click.


    You could make your own with a 3PDT stomp switch from Stew-Mac...

      [​IMG]
              (click)

    It's ~$18.00 . Considerin' the cost of the switch, an enclosure, etc.,
    it might be cheaper to get the Roland piece.
     
  6. PollyBass

    PollyBass ******

    Jun 25, 2001
    Shreveport, LA
    Thanks dude! thats awesome! i couldnt find em anywhere. and i dont trust myself to build one.yeah, its a 1/4 jack now i know where i can get one. input. thanks again.
     
  7. PollyBass

    PollyBass ******

    Jun 25, 2001
    Shreveport, LA
    Will i fry fry anything for not having a "recomended" footswitch? (even though i dont know the recomended footswitch for my amp) or is a footswitch a footswitch? would it hurt mixing diffrent brands?
     
  8. notduane

    notduane

    Nov 24, 2000
    Location
    I know y'all said Crate wasn't much help. Have ya' tried
    the FAQ page (service center) on their site?...

    • Q Where can I locate a manual for an older amp
         not listed on the download page?

      A Contact our Service Department at service@slme.com
         or 1-800-738-7563 (8:30am-5:00pm central time, Monday-
         Friday) to order any older manual.


      Q Where can I obtain replacement parts (speakers,
         components, and hardware) and/or schematics?

      A Contact our Service Department at service@slme.com
         or 1-800-738-7563 (8:30am-5:00pm central time, Monday-
         Friday) to order any parts and/or schematics.
    Hopefully, you'll get hold o' somebody that knows what they're
    talkin' about.

    I think Chasarms had the best idea. Fer instance, take a
    second cord and plug it into the footswitch jack. Get a pair
    of pliers (needlenose with insulated handles - think safety! :) ).
    Get the plug at the other end of the cord that's stuck into
    the footswitch jack. Touch one arm of the pliers to the sleeve (ground).
    Touch the other arm of the pliers to the tip (hot) of the plug.
    This should turn on the chorus, e.q., whatever. If this works,
    I'd say go ahead and get the Roland FS-1 from Zzounds.
     
  9. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Bettendorf, IA USA
    You are not going to fry anything. The current on those switches is very minimal. Try the guitar cord trick that I suggested. I assure you that you are not going to fry anything. Why spend $30 for switch that you own't even use. I'd sure it switches something that you want switched before I spent money.

    Chas