Vibrato is an FX, a footswitch is a pedal

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  1. Tremoluxer

    Tremoluxer Strat-Talker Gold Supporting Member

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    Yesterday, I built this vibrato footswitch for my '64 Tremolux. Vintage Fender footswitches are pricey and new replacements are made from inferior materials.

    The switch is vintage Carling. Vibrato doesn't need a shielded cable so I used some cool cloth covered zip cord (I had an original switch for the Tremolux I owned in the late-'60s, it used standard lamp zip).

    The housing is 3/16" acrylic. I was a bit rusty working in acrylic, which i did until 30 years ago, working at a sign, graphics, and wood shop in San Diego. I used a mini butane torch to heat the bends, which isn't ideal; burning butane can produce carbon soot that stains the acrylic. A hydrogen torch is the way to go, with water being the only byproduct.

    I'm considering building them to sell, maybe on Reverb. I'm going experiment with painting the underside, like Gretsch pickguards, trying different cable materials, etc.

    Footswitch 1.png Footswitch 2.png
     
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    Nate D Most Honored Senior Member

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    That’s cool
     
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    StratUp Senior Stratmaster

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    Perfect thing to go with my Dan Armstrong guitar.

    Now I just need to find a Dan Armstrong guitar.
     
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    knh555 Most Honored Senior Member

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    Can we hear it?
     
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    mutato Senior Stratmaster

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    Super cool looking. Though it seems like it may be so lightweight it'll slide around the floor.
     
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    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985

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    It's handy to be handy. :thumb:
     
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    jtoomuch Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    Looks really good.
     
  8. Tremoluxer

    Tremoluxer Strat-Talker Gold Supporting Member

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    Maybe I should make one from a solid chunk of acrylic, with switches that can be swapped out, lol.

    That's a possibility that I've been considering and I have a few ideas for minimizing sliding. I'll be making some more prototypes for testing. Also I want to find a more flexible cloth-covered cord.
     
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    Tremoluxer Strat-Talker Gold Supporting Member

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    It seems like overkill to put it on SoundCloud, so you'll just have to use your imagination:

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