Today I have something a little different. A few months ago I started listening to the greatest guitar player of all time, Buckethead. If you know of him, then you know that he is very proficient with the kill switch on his guitar. This inspired me to install a kill switch of my own onto my Fender Stratocaster.
This is my guitar.
This is not my guitar.
But I sure wish it was.
Anyways, see that little red dot on the one that's labelled as my guitar? That wasn't there a few months ago, but now it is. This is what I did.
Unfortunately I did not take enough pictures to make a tutorial. But basically what happened was this: I took the strings off first of all. Unscrewed and removed the faceplate to uncover the electronics. The red dot at letter 'A' is where I drilled a hole for a momentary switch that I bought from Radio Shack. I mounted it onto the faceplate nice and firmly. I kind of wanted the switch to go at letter 'B', however that would involve drilling into the body at 'X', which I really did not want to do. Instead, by mounting at 'A' I had plenty of room, as you can see circled, to set it right next to the volume pot.
With a soldering iron, I carefully soldered two wires onto the switch and the other ends on the volume pot center and rightmost terminals. I think the center was a ground wire and the right was hot connection. (Do not use this as a tutorial, please, this may be correct, and it may not.) That's all it took really. I had the option of installing it at the cable connection instead, but I heard stories of annoying 'pop' noises coming out of the amp every time the button was pushed when connected to the cable terminal.
Here's a look at the finished product from another angle.
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