#1
I'm mainly looking for materials/tips for this...

I have a Kustom Solo 16 practice amp. Problem is, nobody makes footswitches for it. Actually, even if they did, there's no place for a FS to even be connected. Sooo...

I have a few hours to kill today, and I was wondering if anyone has made a "ghetto" FS before.

Here's some info on the amp.

It sits about.... a foot and a half off the ground, and the channel switching button is under the volume/drive knobs. I need to rig up a device that'll push that button when I throw my foot down on something (hopefully a button). I know, this is pathetic, but I don't have money to grab a new amp with FSing capabilities, I'm saving up for better stuff. But, at the same time, I'm really dying without a FS. So, I was thinking I could cut/nail together some pieces of wood to make a little box, throw in a plastic round piece for a button, and have it being depressed by springs. (I have some extra hums lying around somewhere, so I'll be using a set of humbucker springs from my epis stock pups). By biggest problem now is finding a nice household item that'll depress easily without breaking/permanently bending. I was thinking about soldering a bunch of paper clips together side by side, then molding them to fit onto the top of the amp, followed by a little circular device that fits around the channel switching button. In theory it would work, be extremely lame, but... IDK..

Unique little thread I have going here, anyone ever done it, or have any good ideas on what to do? TIA!
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#2
I would just say, if it's just for practicing, get a distortion pedal...
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#3
^The distortion on my amp is fine, I don't want to blow 20 bucks on a ****ty dist pedal, and I don't want to spend 80+ on a nice one. I've tried some in betweens too, and I don't like the dist I get out of them. :/
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#4
Take the switch apart and wire a regular footswitch to the contacts. You could put in a 1/4 inch jack where the old switch was if you're feeling adventurous.
#5
Just extend the button by gluing on some kind of pen cap, then kick that on the front of your amp to switch.
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Take the switch apart and wire a regular footswitch to the contacts. You could put in a 1/4 inch jack where the old switch was if you're feeling adventurous.


That's the way to do it.
#7
I second the pen kicking suggestion. Not only will it probably work, it would be pretty hilarious. Just picture yourself giving your amp a good boot then rocking out with some heavy distortion. Bad ass, no?
#8
For the terminally insane:

Wire the switch and the guitar input to a TRS jack on the amp, Remove a tone pot from the guitar and install a button (figure out whether you need latching or momentary). Replace the mono 1/4" jack on the guitar with a TRS jack and wire the button and the guitar signal straight from the volume pot to it.
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Quote by Roc8995
Take the switch apart and wire a regular footswitch to the contacts. You could put in a 1/4 inch jack where the old switch was if you're feeling adventurous.



of course. +2

but you know what. i dont think he'd have it in him to do this.

so, given that, i guess yes. crazyglue a thick enough wooden dowel to the switch to elongate it. and kick it on.

*sigh*
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