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How do I wire a simple mute switch ?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Kevinlee, Jan 10, 2005.


  1. Kevinlee

    Kevinlee

    May 15, 2001
    Phx, AZ..USA
    I want to build a simple mute switch to cut the signal from amp to bass. I play upright bass and I have a boss tu2, which I like, and does mute. But the intelitouch tuner, which mounts on my bridge, actually reads the notes faster but no mute.

    I know it's got to be just a matter of wiring a stomp switch to kill the signal. I would put the switch in a little metal project box from an electronic store.

    What I need is just the wiring configuration to the switch.

    Any help appreciated
    Kevinlee
     
  2. Trevorus

    Trevorus

    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    Here. This is one to try.

    [​IMG]
     
  3. tplyons

    tplyons

    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Works great, I've even gotten away without using the capacitor and it's unnoticable.
     
  4. spidersbass

    spidersbass

    Nov 29, 2004
    Downtown L.A.
    hey! i could use one of those!!! for us non-schematic readers... how do you do that? a regular picture or drawing works better for us.
     
  5. Trevorus

    Trevorus

    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    gimme a minute, and I'll get that for you. I updated the pic.
     
  6. tplyons

    tplyons

    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Simple, solder the tip lug of one jack to the center lug of the SPST switch, and the tip of another jack to one of the side lugs. Throw a low value capacitor towards your amp for a quieter response.
     
  7. spidersbass

    spidersbass

    Nov 29, 2004
    Downtown L.A.
    where do you wire in the cap.? and will 10uF do?
     
  8. Trevorus

    Trevorus

    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    [​IMG]

    That is the best picture representation I can give.
     
  9. Kevinlee

    Kevinlee

    May 15, 2001
    Phx, AZ..USA
    That's what I'm looking for.

    Thanks
    Kevinlee
     
  10. Trevorus

    Trevorus

    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    Sure thing, Kevin. I hope it works well for you!
     
  11. spidersbass

    spidersbass

    Nov 29, 2004
    Downtown L.A.
    thanks Trev, i'll try this tomorrow... its my bedtime
     
  12. Trevorus

    Trevorus

    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    Mine too.
     
  13. LKK

    LKK

    Sep 4, 2002
    Very interesting thread. I would like to hijack this thread to ask another related question.

    Assuming I have a 9 volt supply, how do I wire an LED such that the red light will be on when signal is muted?

    Thanks
     
  14. mashed potatoes

    mashed potatoes

    Nov 11, 2003
    mmm where can i get a nice durable stomp switch for this?
     
  15. Trevorus

    Trevorus

    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL

    You'll need a DPST switch for this. One will run the 9 volt circuit while it's muted, and the other side will run the signal mute. I'll see if I can draw it up in a bit.
     
  16. Trevorus

    Trevorus

    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    Here is one with the LED. Make sure to put the led on the side that will mute the signal. If it doesn't work right, change it to the other outer lug on that side of the switch.

    [​IMG]
     
  17. andrewd

    andrewd

    Sep 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    this looks like a good starter project for someone interesting in making effects. im surprised that most of the DIY sites start off with a boost or overdrive and not this.

    btw, anybody know a good site that has mostly everything needed for this sort of stuff?
     
  18. XxBassmanxX

    XxBassmanxX

    Nov 21, 2001
    Rosman NC
    If you dont want to modify the bass their are instrument cables with a kill switch on them. This also comes in handy if you like to leave that active bass plugged in but want to save your battery.

    Joe
     
  19. andrewd

    andrewd

    Sep 5, 2003
    Boston, MA

    i thought the battery was drained no matter what was plugged in?
     
  20. tplyons

    tplyons

    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    This is pretty much how I started my DIY stuff, I needed a splitter, then an A/B box, made that true bypass, added an LED, and now modify other stuff.

    smallbearelec.com should have everything you need.