Junction box for on off footswitch

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I have an on/off footswitch.  Is there a product such as a 1/4 inch instrument cable junction box that would allow me to plug the footswitch in and use it for on/off to interrupt the signal to the amp, instead of plugging the footswitch directly into an amp?  (E.g. where the amp doesn't have its own footswitch socket?)

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  • RolandRoland Frets: 1952
    I presume that you simply want to put a switch between your guitar and your amp. A Boss LS-2 line switcher will do this. There are cheaper ways, such as making one yourself with two jack sockets and a latching footswitch in a Maplin aluminium project box.
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  • APHallAPHall Frets: 0
    Thanks Roland. That's very helpful.

    I already have the footswitch (a cheap Lynx LS102) I was thinking to use that. But that would require a third jack for its cable and I have no idea what the circuit in the box would need to be, to route the signal from guitar to amp via the footswitch.. I could build it if I knew that.

    Thoughts, anyone?
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  • APHallAPHall Frets: 0
    I asume the wiring is like this. 
    https://goo.gl/images/5s7cav

    Except that in my case the two wires to the switch will go to a third jack, allowing the footswitch to be plugged in. Is that correct?

    Also can anyone tell me what gauge and impedance wire I should use to wire it up?

    Cheers.

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  • Danny1969Danny1969 Frets: 3561

    Is the switch just going to mute when you press it ? if so then use the switch to short the tip to the sleeve ..... basically a mute switch or kill switch in a box. Any wire will do, something thin is ideal .... doesn't need to be shielded if you use a metal box. Impedance of single bits of wire is irrelevant 

    What are you going to use it for ?
    www.2020studios.co.uk 
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  • RolandRoland Frets: 1952
    The wiring is as the first image in that Talkbass thread, but with a latching switch (stays off/on when pressed) instead of momentary (only on/off when pressed). It replaces your existing switch. 

    Any copper per wire would do because the current of a guitar signal is so small. Rather than buy wire I often use brown and blue covered wire stripped out of old mains cables.

    Before you go any further down the make-it-yourself line, do you have the tools and skills to do this? You’ll need a drill on a stand, conventional and conical drill bits to make holes for sockets and switch, and a vice to hold the box whilst drilling. Without these you will screw up the box, and possibly your hand.

    The LS-2 is about £79 to buy new, less second hand, and there are cheaper copies.
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  • APHallAPHall Frets: 0
    Thanks Gents!

    I do just want to mute the signal. 

    Great advice. I'll bear it in mind!

    All the best.

    Adrian. =)
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  • SporkySporky Frets: 13588
    If you're looking for a specification of wire to buy I would suggest 7/0.2 - pretty standard stuff for pedals. It's seven 0.2mm wires twisted together in an overall sheath.
    Be your own evil twin. 
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  • APHallAPHall Frets: 0
    Thanks Sporky.
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  • JonathangusJonathangus Frets: 140
    I may be missing something here, but doesn't every tuner pedal on the market do this?
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