Off Button?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Xanderzb, Sep 28, 2017.

  1. Xanderzb


    Dec 29, 2014
    I am interested in installing an OFF button onto my bass, that silences the instrument while it is being pressed, but pops back up. It only silences while it is pressed, and does not stay OFF. Furthermore, it needs to operate quietly - pops and bangs are unacceptable.

    Anyone have any suggestions?
  2. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Suitable switches exist, it sounds like you want a "make before break" (no pops) latching (not momentary) pushbutton switch. Would be easier to find a standard toggle switch through.
  3. eJake


    May 22, 2011
    New Orleans
    Seems like a bunch of work for something most tuner pedals do. .02
  4. knumbskull


    Jul 28, 2007
    my friend had one of these put on his guitar, so it's probably not unusual. I would ask your local repairs shop.

    looks like you can get pots with them built in, too, which might be a good non-destructive way of doing it (i.e. no drilling involved):

    Shadow SH124-500 Kill Pot
  5. knumbskull


    Jul 28, 2007
    except if you want to play Tom Morello-style rhythms with it! my feet aren't that fast...
  6. eJake


    May 22, 2011
    New Orleans
    Ahhh touche

    I love how creativity reaches so far beyond jus making notes on an instrument.
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  7. Crater


    Oct 12, 2011
    Dallas, TX area
    It's called a killswitch and it's a fairly common mod on electric guitars. Any MOMENTARY*, normally open pushbutton should work. The switch is installed in parallel to the output jack, pushing the button down grounds the output and silences the bass. Some people like the big "arcade game" style pushbutton.
  8. Wfrance3

    Wfrance3 Supporting Member

    May 29, 2014
    Tulsa, OK