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Old 01-06-2013, 09:38 PM   #1
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Cheap Mustang foot switch

Ok, I realize we are only talking about a $20 part, but I managed to pick up a cheap foot switch from an electronics store with a 1/4" mono plug on it for $5.

It works perfectly, which tells me that any simple SPST switch will do the same for this purpose.
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Old 01-07-2013, 01:28 PM   #2
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yep, lots of footswitches work that way. Ones with two switches are typically a stereo plug, with one switch grounding the tip and the other grounding the ring

yay for saving money by making things!
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Old 01-07-2013, 02:02 PM   #3
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yep, lots of footswitches work that way. Ones with two switches are typically a stereo plug, with one switch grounding the tip and the other grounding the ring

yay for saving money by making things!


Let's face it, I do half of this for entertainment value.

I'd save money buying off the rack.
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Old 01-07-2013, 02:53 PM   #4
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Ok, I realize we are only talking about a $20 part, but I managed to pick up a cheap foot switch from an electronics store with a 1/4" mono plug on it for $5.

It works perfectly, which tells me that any simple SPST switch will do the same for this purpose.


Would be great if you would supply the name of the electronics store and possibly a part #. That is if it's a big chain store (i.e Radio Shack) and a normally stocked item. I actually could use a nice cheap (already made) pedal for my Mustang I.

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Old 01-07-2013, 07:40 PM   #5
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Would be great if you would supply the name of the electronics store and possibly a part #. That is if it's a big chain store (i.e Radio Shack) and a normally stocked item. I actually could use a nice cheap (already made) pedal for my Mustang I.



Sorry, I got it off of a discount table at a local place.

However, any spst on/off button will work.
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Old 01-08-2013, 01:56 PM   #6
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Some fender amps require a 2-button footswitch with a mono ľĒ plug. With only two conductors, they depend on switching diodes (in the pedal) to operate the two separate functions. Some amps donít come with a footswitch and Fender charges about $40 for these Ė and the ones with channel/drive wonít work with their amps that require channel/effects. If you have an old 2-button switch around you may only need maybe five bucks worth of diodes and a mono plug to replace the stereo plug.

I found this diagram on the web and it works like a charm. I felt kind of bad about drilling holes for the LEDs in the old Musicman pedal but I have two of them and the other one isnít missing the Musicman logo. I even re-used the old cord. The only new parts are 2 diodes, 2 LEDs and the plug.



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