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Kill switch pedal

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by 5StringThunder, Mar 8, 2013.

  1. 5StringThunder


    Dec 28, 2012
    I need a pedal to mute my signal at the end of my chain for when I'm switching basses. Does anyone know of an existing one or any schematics in how to wire one?
  2. precijazz

    precijazz I want a name when I lose.

    Aug 31, 2011
    I use my tuner pedal for that purpose. TC Electronics Polytune. Gret tuner BTW. Mutes when activated.
  3. bringitlow


    Jun 19, 2009
    San Diego
    If not any tuner pedal (Polytune, Pitchblack, tu-3, etc etc), the Boss NS-2 also has a mute function.
  4. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    any AB box will work for that. "A" goes to the amp, "B" stays disconnected.

    +1 to the tuner pedal being the usual choice for this job.
  5. Tuner is the best bet. But JHS makes a kill switch.
  6. 5StringThunder


    Dec 28, 2012
    I have a tuner at the beginning of my chain. But in my looper I need a mute.
  7. Bassmike62

    Bassmike62 Punch'n Ooomph provider Supporting Member

    I was looking at the MXR Noise Clamp last night, but can't really make out if it can be used as a killswitch like the Boss NS-2. Anyone have a take on this ?
  8. synaesthesia


    Apr 13, 2004
    PM me your email and I'll sketch it out and maybe take a pic of the one on my pedal board. Mine is wired with a 3PDT switch so an LED indicates the mute position.
  9. Crater


    Oct 12, 2011
    Dallas, TX area
    It's super-simple to build one. You'll have two jacks, in and out. Connect the "tip" terminals of the two jacks with a wire. Mount a single pole, single throw latching footswitch...run a wire from one terminal to ground, a wire from the other terminal connects to the 'tip' wire running between the jacks. When the switch is activated, the signal is tied to ground, muting the amp.

    If you were to wire it so the switch opens the circuit between the amp and the bass it will hum when the killswitch is active.
  10. rratajski

    rratajski Commercial User

    Jul 1, 2008
    Mount Laurel, NJ
    Have you thought a out moving your tuner to the end of your chain?
  11. Jack


    Sep 6, 2003
    Northumberland, UK
    In the UK we ahve a company called brightonion that does this kind of thing, is there a US alternative?
  12. 5StringThunder


    Dec 28, 2012
    My e-mail's been acting up, you mind just dropping it in the the thread.
  13. winterburn69


    Jan 27, 2008
    You could use a tuner or a Boss NS-2.

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