Building your own guitar FX is fun (and mostly cheap). They have to sound nice, look nice and of course: work well. I have built several guitar FX for me and my friends, which all sound nice!

After a while some of them came with footswitch problems. You had to click the footswitch several times before the sound came through completely. If not, it sounded like you turned the volume down, so the signal was very weak. This happened in both way, with the FX on and the FX off. Annoying!

You can do two things: Buy high quality footswitches (can be very expensive!) instead of these economical footswitches, OR fix it yourself! I fixed like 10 switches, and 8 of them did work again after using this method (And they still do!)

You will need the following tools:

  • Screwdriver (Flat and star)
  • Welder
  • Clipper
  • Pincet

I used economical style (X-wing) footswitschs, but I think it’ll work for almost every sort of footswitch. I’m not responsible for any damage to the footswitch, your tools or yourself! You can void your warranty of commercial guitar FX!

By: spotnie

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