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Re: Kill switch for el guitar - design ideas?
I have yet to try my hand at one, but here are some vids.
Buckethead playing with his: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oElZrMhvsk8
----- Original Message -----
From: "Per Boysen" <email@example.com>
To: "Loopers-Delight" <Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com>
Sent: Sunday, April 19, 2009 9:55 AM
Subject: OT: Kill switch for el guitar - design ideas?
> Hi gang,
> Since there are many guitar and audio wiring wizards on this list I'd
> like to ask for ideas on kill switch playing. Back in the days it was
> a trick that you did with a Les Paul by turning down the neck pickup's
> volume knob, hit a chord and work the toggle switch to stutter it. In
> recent years Tom Morello has popularized the effect and developed it
> into DJ style "scratching" almost made his trademark sound. Now, I'm
> thinking about this in terms of musical playability and the best
> solution I can imagine would be a touch pad, or button, big enough for
> you to "drum on" with the finger tips of your right hand (while
> providing "source noise" with your left hand on the fretboard). I have
> not seen anyone using such a guitar solutions but since the idea is so
> great I bet there are lots of people out there playing with it? Maybe
> even on this list?
> Scott Middelton of Cancer Bats has a kill switch in his custom built
> guitar, seen as picture 3 here: http://is.gd/thSM. But that solution
> is sort of functionality-wise upside down as I see it. It kills the
> audio when pressed - I would rather have a kill switch that lets
> through audio when pressed. That's the only way to go if you want to
> drum it by finger tips. And this rises an issue: Since the default
> position would be to block audio you would also need a second button
> for enabling the kill switch. Any design ideas for this?
> The only thing I can come up with is a toggle press button to
> enable/disable the touch pad. The moment you enable it, the audio is
> silenced and you can now open up the signal flow by tapping the touch
> pad. In active mode this button works the other way, it disables the
> touch pad and puts the audio flow back into normal. You would of
> course have to hit the enable button with a musical timing.
> Greetings from Sweden
> Per Boysen