Pedal builds #1: Little Red Button

As promised, here begins a little retrospective of the guitar pedals I’ve built over the last year or so. In fact, I already blogged about this pedal when I built it.

The Little Red Button

Here’s what I wrote at the time:

It’s a useful little mute (killswitch) stompbox, which kills the sound from the guitar when the latching footswitch is pressed, and then unmutes it again on the next stomp. It means one can unplug a guitar without all the usual pops and clicks. I actually think they should be mandatory for church guitarists, in order to combat that inevitable phenomenon of a guitar feeding back during the sermon because someone forgot to turn the volume knob down.

I don’t use this anymore, because I have a Korg Pitchblack tuner pedal now, inline, which does the same thing, plus lets me tune. This means I’ll probably stick this up on eBay pretty soon. If you want to build your own, here are the instructions. Ignore the bit about how to paint it. I’ve learnt a much more effective way since then.. which I’ll cover as the series progresses.

Next up (I think) will be a true bypass looper pedal.

What do you think?