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Kill switch pedal

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


  1. 5StringThunder

    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
    Almanya
    I use my tuner pedal for that purpose. TC Electronics Polytune. Gret tuner BTW. Mutes when activated.
     
  3. bringitlow

    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
    alpha-music.com
    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

    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 GAS resistance is utterly futile... 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

    synaesthesia

    Apr 13, 2004
    UK
    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

    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
    Builder for FUZZROCIOUS PEDALS
    Have you thought a out moving your tuner to the end of your chain?
     
  11. Jack

    Jack

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

    5StringThunder

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

    winterburn69

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

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